The South Island of New Zealand is notorious for outdoor hikes, non-stop adventure and captivating scenery, it’s hard to fit it all in, but a one day hike up Roys Peak just outside Wanaka is definitely not to be missed.

Quick Overview:

Roys Peak trail is a 16 km, grade 3 hike located on the South Island in New Zealand. The hike takes around 7 hours to complete.



  • Stunning views of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring
  • A steady but exciting slog up the mountain
  • Reward yourself and your aching muscles with a chilly dip in the lake once you have descended
  • Aim to climb Roys Peak on a clear day for next-level views – we climbed on a partially cloudy day & still were blown away!

Roys Peak Walk

Just a short ten-minute drive outside Wanaka central, you will come across the car park for Roys Peak walk on the left-hand side. Once parked up, climb over the fence and follow the well mapped out, gravel path up the mountain.

There’s a bathroom to the right, and if you have even the slightest inkling for a tinkling, I recommend you use the facilities as there are no more to come!

The walk itself is a steady climb which takes between 5-7 hours. We covered it in 5 with photo stops and a picnic at the top. The path seems to zig-zag a lot across the mountain but be sure to stick to it! Large sections of the track are on private land, so it’s important to show respect and ensure the hike remains open to everyone.

The Views From Roys Peak

At each incline the view just gets better and better until you reach an ideal photo spot putting you right on the edge – we took it in turns with another couple and snapped some incredible photos for each other… some make the mistake to turn back and descend now.

Just when you think the view can’t blow your mind anymore, continue the climb to the summit where only the brave are rewarded with (literally!) breathtaking panoramic views of the mountain ranges, (snow-capped even in summer) and a birds-eye view of the stunning Lake Wanaka.

Be sure to pack a picnic and plenty of water so you can stop and take in the spectacular views at the peak.


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Essential Gear

  • Water
  • Running shoes
  • Camera
  • Jumper/jacket (it gets cold at the top)
  • Picnic
  • Sunblock
  • Hat

How To Get There

Just a short drive out of Wanaka. The track is often closed by the private owners in October and November due to lambing, check before you go.


  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Swimming (nearby at the bottom)

Skill Level

Intermediate – in winter the trek should be considered advanced as mountaineering skills and equipment are essential for safety.

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

16km return / 1,578 m