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hiking
2 days ago

Check the weather before you go or be prepared for rain, wind, and snow. Track itself is a very smooth dirt walkway with some occasional grass. Beautiful views the entire way up, but the view at the peak makes every step to the top worth it. Don’t turn back after the first overcrowded viewpoint, go the last 1.5km to get to the peak. Oh and there’s sheep all over, super cute!

walking
3 days ago

Easy short trail to lookout. Lots of landslides in the area have closed most other trails. Good bet to see the glacier on foot.

Well signed

hiking
5 days ago

The peaceful views of the lake at the end make everything worth it! Fairly steep uphill trek on slippery wet rocks until you get to the lake, then back down those same slippery wet rocks. Take your time and watch your footing and you’ll be fine! There are a lot of side trails that weave in and out of the main one, they all lead to the same place and offer more scenery than sticking to the same trail each way.

hiking
7 days ago

Great track.
BUT it is no where near Glenorchy.
You drive 1 hour from Te Anau to the lower Hollyford Road where you find the start of this trail. The first 10 mins are gentle under foot and easy for most folks to enjoy. The remainder of the track is rough, steep and tricky in a few places. It makes for a good walk though. Beautiful scenery along the way.

do the whole ride from Paeroa to Waihi and back. Track mostly follows an old gold mining rail line so is pretty flat. Very scenic with a couple of bridges across the river and a long tunnel to ride through.

love this walk with stunning waterfall

Do it every day if you can

Great hike, worth everything once you get to the serenity and beauty of the lake.

On the weekends may be crowded. Can be muddy if it has been rainy. Great view and nice forest!

hiking
18 days ago

I don’t think this should be considered a hard walk. Yes it’s really steep but come on... it’s a highway up to the top! No complicated steps, no changes of surface, nothing to climb. Just a really steep mountain to walk up to. You can easily reach the viewpoint after two, two and half hours and give an extra 30mn for the top (I did it in the snow weather simple tennis shoes). Going downhill is also pretty easy, you could easily walk fast or run if you wanted to. Definitely worth the view!!

Lovely walk. Interesting beach. Very well defined and maintained path.

It’s a nice little stroll I guess, and worth an hour or two if you’re stopping in Franz Josef, however the glacier is underwhelming to say the least. I know it has shrunk a good deal in the last few decades which is a shame, but it basically just looks like a dirty snowdrift and it’s about a kilometre from the lookout point. This track is hella easy so I have no doubt it is crowded in peak season.

I would rate this 8/10 difficulty. It’s a pretty smooth path, no climbing or steps, but it is seriously steep! We are reasonably fit and got to the lookout in just over two hours. If you’re not in decent shape though you are going to struggle big time. I saw someone on TripAdvisor ask if they could push a pram up there... it’s 1250m uphill for fucks sake! Be warned this is a proper mountain, so it can be warm at the bottom but it was hella cold at the top!
The view is sensational. Absolutely worth it. I don’t agree with those who say that it’s a boring hike. There’s lovely scenery and when you crest the ridge you can see down the other side too.

hiking
23 days ago

Can access via Coopers Creek Carpark or View Hill Carpark (requires vehicle low river crossing which I wasn’t expecting). Fantastic view of the waterfall making for some amazing photos!

Going to the summit is a must, great views at the top.

Really easy hike to the actual mine. Decided to trudge on much higher to get better views and boy were they better views.

To easy to busy

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent view along the track! Beautiful blue/green river, snow capped mt, sheep...

on Roy's Peak Track

1 month ago

Awesome views,

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best tracks I’ve walked. Very scenic with the river, the rocky cliff faces all with the magnificent Mount Hutt in the background. Can’t wait to go back and walk it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! One of my favorite.
Bring lots of shells as it’s very cold at top!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent easy tramp. It has wonderful views of the river and the gorge, Weather was nice but breezy. the north wind cuts through like the legend describes. Towards the end of the trail the path was mushy wet so take care to not slip.

Great hike! The last 30 minutes to the top was quite slippery because of the snow. I was happy that I was wearing my hiking boots!

amazing walk, takes roughly 2 hours return. 45mins up to first waterfall lookout and another 45mins to top of lookout, all up hill, a few river/bridge crossings and plenty of stairs. lookout for the weekends due to heaps of people with dogs, and runners. asian tour groups who dont make room for others, and people too busy on their phones to look where their walking.

Quite an easy trail to walk if you have some experience in tramping. I would have much preferred if I brought my mountain bike with me though. When driving in there are a few fords so if just rained and your cars suspension is low, good luck.

Although the rating says it is hard it is really just how steep it is. It is quite consistent throughout. Make sure you wear well fitted good quality shoes. When I did the track my shoes weren't broken into. The last stretch of the track was painful. As long as you are somewhat fit you will be able to complete it in the time guideline.

hiking
2 months ago

A strenuous but doable up and back during late December / January (especially if you walk from the base), but your effort will be well rewarded with amazing summit views of the mountains and water.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail. Good workout as it is a bit of elevation gain especially if you go all the way to the top. Once I got to the lower lookout I decided I had to make the trip to the top because it looks so amazing. Unfortunately it was pouring rain by the time I got to the top, no views to speak of as I was literally hiking in clouds on top of the mountains.

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