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Roy's Peak Track is a 9.7 mile heavily 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from January until October.

Length 9.7 mi Elevation gain 4,104 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

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Note: You have to pay 2$ at the beginning at the track. 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.

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Abby McNeill
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HikingMuddySnow

The first half hour on the track is the hardest. Very muddy and a bit icy so make sure you have good shoes! (In saying that I saw tourist go up in UGG BOOTS!!?!)

Tabea Lehrke
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annie finneran
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HikingIcy

If going in winter prepare for the last 1.5 km to be in snow, but totally worth it. Around 5 hours to very top and back including photo and breathing breaks for moderate fitness

Didy JJ
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HikingMuddySnow

Je te commande fortement. Pour le lever de soleil, le circuit est magnifique et l'arrivée exceptionnelle.. Allez au sommet, ça vaut le coup.

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Harry Wright
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HikingFeeIcyMuddySnow

8km constant uphill fir themost amazing views. I plondered around at the top for almost an hour. would suggest boots this time of year as ther was some pretty icy sections. simple track to follow. excellent!

Liam Ambrose
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Hiking

Really well formed, flat and wide path, I didn’t even wear my boots (wore a pair of trail runners) and was sweet as a nut. It’s not a hard walk at all, for how high you climb it’s relatively flat if that makes sense, a slow climb. The views are stunning, highly recommend getting up early and trying to get at least half way up for sunrise.

Kira U.
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HikingIcy

Sind für den Sonnenaufgang im dunkeln hoch gewandert. Hat sich extrem gelohnt, der Weg ist ja auch ziemlich gut ausgebaut, sodass man im Dunkeln keine Probleme haben sollte. Wir haben (wir = zwei relativ fitte 19-jährige Mädchen) 2h 15min gebraucht. Waren aufgrund der Zeitangabe von Alltrails leider 1h vor Sonnenaufgang oben und es war eiskalt! Im Tal war schlechtes Wetter, aber Roys Peak liegt über der Wolkendecke und hatte strahlenden Sonnenschein!

Kamil Štukhejl
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HikingNo shade

Awesome track, totally worth it. Nice views all the way. The route is very easy to follow, even maintenance car goes there. Steady steep, could be windy - there is no shade. I did it in 1 hour and 40 minutes to the top fast walk. And back to the carpark in 1 and 10 minutes - occasionally running.

Vanessa Smith
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amazing views, try to do it outside of peak tourist times as you'll be waiting for ages for your turn to take pic. definitely one of the harder hikes I've done. I ended up taking my shoes off towards the end as my feet were burning from the downhill slog

Katarina Renaldi
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HikingMuddy

An amazing hike but definitely one to take your time with. We started before sunrise to make it above the clouds to see it, and that took about 2.5 hours with a moderate pace and several breaks. We sweated all the way up but were SO thankful to have our coats at the top as it was was 1500+m high and quite windy., even with the sun shining on us. Clouds didn't clear for us today but still got a great view of the mountains in the distance among a sea of clouds. Took about 1h45m down because the steepness is so hard on your knees! Make sure to bring plenty of water and spare TP, as the bathroom near the viewpoint wasn't stocked and the aroma of cow poop might make you feel like you have to go too.

sarah reilly
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Hiking

Lots of mixed reviews, I found this trail very hard. It can be busy with lots of switchbacks and steep. Lots of shortcuts have been walked out but still steep and tiresome. The final stretch after the instagram photo spot I found the hardest again just as it’s all up hill. Views were amazing and incredible over Wanaka but beware that the steepness means the way down can be just as painful!!

Josh Gray
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Hiking

Great sunset view. Luckily the clouds lifted and had a view of the city and all around!

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Haylee Caravalho
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Hiking

Don’t let a gloomy, cloudy day stop you!!! We walked through the cloud and reached the sun about a third of the way up. It was magical, so beautiful and different from every other hike. It’s steep and constant but amazing

Katie Wilson
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Hiking

Easy to find but parking can be tricky as it is a very busy trail. Well marked track but consistently steep right the way to the top so not to be underestimated. No shelter so sun screen is necessary. Take plenty of water and snacks!

Rhiannon Chandler-Day
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HikingNo shade

The best hike I’ve done in my life to date

Courtney L.
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HikingRocky
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Maxime Mignot
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Hiking

Au vu des précédents commentaires, on s'attendait vraiment à souffrir. Finalement le chemin est large, très peu accidenté. La montée est constante et finalement pas si compliquée. Tout du long mais surtout à la fin du parcours, la vue est vraiment exceptionnelle ! Une randonnée à ne pas rater

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Michelle Beauchamp
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just do it, it's da bomb.

Ruel Abastas
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Hiking

Great day hike! Easy track to follow along however hard with the constant incline, literally you’re going straight up. Great views at the top!

Nikki Leitzke
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Hiking

Amazing views if you just turn around, all the way up! Once you get to the main viewpoint a different view than what you’ve been seeing all along makes it’s appearance! It’s breathtaking! I did this with a friend and we are both pretty fit, it took us a little over 2 hours to the photo spot, then we went all the way up and back down again. Exactly 5 hours in total. I was huffing and puffing on the way up, and down was not nice on the knees. Today was the perfect weather. I could see it being much colder if the wind was blowing more. Bring layers and be prepared.

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