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Roys Peak Track Walk

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How long does it take to walk up Roys Peak: Roys Peak Track is an excellent 3 hour walk straight up the mountain to the top, it can be pretty hard going. It’s a 5 to 7 hour round trip walk from the car park to the top and back. The start of Roys Peak walk is only 6 Km from Wanaka town. From Roys Peak you will get the best ever views of the South Island Lakes and Wanaka town, well worth the slog getting up there.

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Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 6.50 kms
        • Time needed: 5 Hours
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 1578m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    From the top of Roys Peak you will get the best ever views of the South Island Lakes and Wanaka.

  • Track Quality

    Roys Peak Skyline Track is on a grassed farm track and good.

  • Hazards

    Roys Peak is an exposed alpine track. During the winter you could get caught out in a snow blizzard so be prepared.

  • Transport

    Unknown

  • Water

    Unknown

  • Driving Instructions

    The start of Roys Peak is only 6 Km from Wanaka town. There is a big new car park.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Wanaka village

  • Area & Track History

    This walk is on private property and is closed from 1 Oct to 10 Nov every year for lambing. 25 minutes into the Roys Peak Skyline Track you will see the grave site of Wallis Alan Scaife 1887-1965, he owned the Glendhu Station for fifty years. At the top of Roy’s Peak there are a couple of radio antennas to spoil the fantastic view.

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  • Map location of Roys Peak Track Walk

    Map of walk

Map of Roy’s Peak showing route track

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Roys Peak Car Park

Just a 6km drive out from Wanaka village on a sealed road. There is a new sealed car park in 2019 with more room then before. You can’t miss the toilet.

Point 2: Wallis Alan Scaife Resting Place

Mr Wallis 1887-1965
He picked the best spot in the South Island

Point 3: Roys Peak Summit

I thought if I start walking at 0900H that would be very good. But I was meeting people heading back down to the car park before I was even half way to the top. One group left at 0530 H just so they would reach the top before it got too hot. I was amazed at the age of the walkers, 60 years plus, at 57 years I felt quite young, but my legs didn’t. Then when I did manage to crawl to the top Mum and the kids beat me to the best seat on the mountain.

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Roys Peak Track, Glendhu Bay 9382, New Zealand

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