Roy's Peak Track is a 15.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until October.

DISTANCE
15.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,251 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

Three and a half hours up to the best view in Lake Wanaka. A challenging walk, but worth the effort! The area is closed October 1 - November 10 every year for lambing season. Although the trail is wide with no steps/technical difficulties, it is very steep, giving it a hard rating.

hiking
no shade
15 hours ago

An incline entire way up! Bring water, hat and pace yourself. 6 hr return iincl time at top. The view at top is WORTH IT!

1 day ago

Started at 2:30am,about 30 others starting at this time.The chill of the dark,seeing first light and then sunrise just amazing!!Physically for us a tough one and as we walked down the heat from the sun was intense I personally couldn't do it in day time.7 hours walking time for us,and spent 1 hour chilling/photos at the top.

rock climbing
no shade
3 days ago

rock climbing
no shade
3 days ago

7 days ago

great views! very steep and easy walking path

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

17 days ago

the track itself is not very spectacular, and its pretty crowded for the sunrise!
But the view worth it! A stunning overview to the lake wanaka and all the mountains around!
def. recoment it!

hiking
17 days ago

Steep, not to easy but very rewarding hike. Doable in the dark with a decent head lamp or torch to enjoy either sunrise or sunset. one or two hiking poles help to give extra support. and take a windproof jacket, it can get windy at the top.
there is a toilet 5 minutes from the carpark and 30 minutes from the top, bring toiletpaper. there is no watersupply so mke sure you bring your own.

I did the sunset and it was beautifull. Enjoy.

hiking
bugs
no shade
private property
28 days ago

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

This trail is a bit brutal if the sun is out. There isn’t any shade and it’s about five miles of steep grade switch backs. However, do not give up! The payout is amazing, and I saw a few adorable sheep. Bring lots of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Did it for sunrise, was amazing. Start walking around 2am and u will be up right in time. The way up is suitable for night walking and the beginning and end is harder but worth the view in the end.

1 month ago

View at the top is insane

Steepest part is the first part-- once you get past that it's still challenging but not as tough

walking
1 month ago

So hard but funking good

1 month ago

very nice, very steep

1 month ago

One of my favorite tracks. Short and beautiful. Took me approximately 4 hrs and 20 mins. Mainly because I had a time limit of 5 hours. I rushed to the top and to the bottom. That being said, I took a long break at the peak. The views... It's something you need to experience at least once. It is steep. So eat before. Drink plenty of water before you start. Bring tons of water (I had TWO Nalgenes and I finished both easily). And bring snacks along the way.

1 month ago

Amazing view! Took slightly longer than 2 hours up, it’s a brutal uphill all the way but the roads are well paved. View is worth it!

1 month ago

Incredible views over snow capped peaks and lake wanaka all the way. A must do. Very steep all the way with no shade. We took 4,5 hours including a lunch break.

hiking
1 month ago

Phenomenal hike. The 4,000 feet of elevation gain is tough, but the track is comparable in difficulty to hikes I’ve done with 3,000-3,500 feet of gain - reason being that it’s a smooth track (much of which is fire road style) which makes the walking easy.

2 months ago

Pretty boring and brutal walk but the views are great

2 months ago

An absolute can’t miss hike. By far the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. The trail starts at a steep incline and doesn’t you flatten out ever. If the views don’t take your breath away, the incline certainly will.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a beast of a hike but the views can’t be beat!

2 months ago

Amazing Track ,one of the most stunning hikes I’ve done.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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!!

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Awesome views,

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
no shade
4 months ago

Some of the best views in NZ, no doubt. Hike itself is a bit boring, but not that long 2-2.5h up.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views

6 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.

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