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hiking
6 hours 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!

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike as the other famous one was closed for lambing. I'm so glad I did as there was some variation to the walk itself and not just plain uphill. I found the first 4km uphill the hardest. Rewarded with stunning panoramic views! Came down at 4pm and only walked past 2 other walkers.

Best short walk in town.

We went left from the car park which gave views of Wanaka and the lake while going up. Then the way down had views of the other side which was less exciting and also had a .5 mile walk around the base to get back to our car. Fun quick hike with good views. Lots of runners and dogs.

What a great walk! Well signposted with spectacular 360 views at the top. We walked west to east based on recommendations of reviews and really enjoyed it.

hiking
16 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!!

hiking
16 days ago

Good warm up hike. Not many people, beautiful scenery.

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.

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

From downtown you should expect about 90min up and 60min down if you’re in reasonable shape. It’s basically a dirt path, but it’s pretty steep the whole way . Make sure you go 10min higher than the cauldron to get to the summit, and do both sides of the loop as they’re both nice. Quiet trail in the morning in October. I had the summit to myself.

I did the hike today. Was beautiful weather after having snow the last few days. If you regard easy as a flat walk this hike isn’t for you. The trail is in great condition but steep in places. Beautiful scenery.

on Roy's Peak Track

1 month ago

Awesome views,

hiking
1 month ago

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. The track is a farm/access vehicle track for the majority of the route. Took me just under 2 hours to the summit, pushing hard, and about 90 minutes back down.

epic views steep but good change from I hike back home. absolutely phenomenal panoramic views atop. king of the mountain for the evening as I had the place to myself.

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

Great locals trail - I used to do this walk a few times a week :) Lovely views. I highly recommend hiking up for sunset! Bring a head torch to come back down :)

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

The views on this track would hands down be the best I have seen in NZ so far.

I hiked Ben Lomond on end of August. The track to the Saddle was fine, I had crampons on so no trouble navigating on icy ground. But the track to the top is very hard and the tracks are unseenable due to snow. Don't have gaiters on so my feet is freezing everytime I fell on deep snow. The view from saddle is very nice but the summit was amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic day yesterday. 6/8/2018 . We walked up the access road crom Lomond Cres till the Saddle the over to Arthurs point, a lot of snow so slow going for a while.Took us about 6 and half hours. Track washed out in a couple of places on way to Arthurs point but okay to get around. Its a shame we cannot add photos here.

A great challenging hill climb with amazing views. Loved the faerie grove

3 months ago

Walked the track in July (mid winter) starting in the darkness at 7am. The first 4ks up were fine, then the track became snow/ice covered which made progress slow going. Amazing views at the top, but the lookout point was very slippery (be careful if going up when icy).

6hours return.

hiking
3 months ago

This felt like a never-ending up up up. My plan was to take a short, relaxed walk about halfway up. But it was so marvelous, I had to keep going. Made it up and back in 3.5 hrs (jogging most of the way down). However, all I had to carry were my poles and light jacket. Water would have been a plus, but not essential. Only passed 5 people the whole time, all of varying fitness. YOU can do this! So very worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

As the other reviews mentioned, the track itself is pretty bland but the views are spectacular! Worth going all the way to the top past the view point. About 1/3 of the track was very muddy and slippery and the summit push is pretty snowy, but manageable (we were hiking in running shoes). Definitely steep. We made it to the summit in just under 3 hours with the above conditions.

backpacking
3 months ago

Physically I found this hard (I wouldn’t consider myself unfit but I don’t train or anything), but the trail is very straightforward and well maintained. All worth it for the views, and options to climb right up to the peak for the added panoramic view ❤️

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult but insanely worth it.

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