Roys Peak

Roys Peak stands between Wanaka and Glendhu Bay, and as such, offers superb views over Lake Wanaka. This is a popular walk on a fine day, but it does involve a 1200m ascent, and is an exposed route in bad weather.

List Status Official
Elevation 1,581 m (5,187 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Otago/Southland
Location Coordinates 44° 41′ 43″ S, 169° 2′ 58″ E
Nearest Town/s Wanaka, Queenstown
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 6-7 hours (return)
Distance 13.0 km (8.1 mi)
Start/End Points Wanaka-Aspiring Road
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Unmarked Route
Season Help.gif Summer/Autumn (closed 1 October to 10 November for lambing)
Sights Views over Wanaka & Mt Aspiring
Hazards Alpine weather , snow & ice in winter

Getting There

By Car

From Wanaka, travel along the Wanaka to Mount Aspiring Road as if going to Glendhu Bay. About 6km from Wanaka, the Roys Peak track starts from a signposted carpark. There is also a toilet here.

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Our Recommended Route

If you like walking up zig-zags, you’re in for a treat! The climb up Roys Peak is pretty relentless, and it begins immediately from the carpark. The first point of interest comes after about 40-60 minutes, where there is the gravesite of Wally Alan Scaife, who owned the Glendhu Station for about 50 years. From the grave site, the track continues to sidle and zigzag up the side of Roys Peak for what will feel like an eternity. Eventually, you will enter the Stack Conservation Area, which is no longer farmed.

After arriving up on to the ridge, you will obtain sweeping views across the lake. Now all that remains is to negotiate the final stretch of zigzags past two telecommunications towers, and then finally on to the summit trig.

Height Profile

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