This is an iconic South Island hike; scramble up to Roy’s Peak where you’ll be rewarded with stunning lake views and snow capped mountains.
- 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 on a clear day for next level views – we climbed on a partially cloudy day & still were blown away!
The South Island of New Zealand is notorious for outdoor hikes, non-stop adventure & captivating scenery, it’s hard to fit it all in but a one day hike up Roy’s Peak just outside Wanaka is definitely not to be missed.
Just a short ten-minute drive outside Wanaka central, you will come across the car park for the Roy’s 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 so don’t be afraid to follow the sheep tracks for a more direct route.
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 & 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.
Essential gear required
- Running shoes
- Jumper/jacket (it gets cold at the top)
How to get there
Just a short drive out of Wanaka
- Swimming (nearby at the bottom)
Distance covered / Elevation Gain
16kms return via same track / 1,578 m