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Rob Roy Glacier Track, Otago

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Rob Roy Glacier TrackBeginner

Submitted by Mal Law

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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From the car park follow the well marked & well trodden route up the Matukituki Valley. After 1.5 kms you'll cross a dramatic swing bridge and enter stunning beech forest.
The next km is a steep uphill grunt but the beauty of the forest will take away all pain. The gradient then eases a little as the trail follows the river upwards to emerge after about 5kms into a high valley. Keep going until you reach an area with information boards - this is the turnaround point but DON'T just turn heel and dash off. Instead take your time to savour the incredible surroundings and, if you're lucky, marvel at the acrobatic skills of the resident kea. Eventually you'll just have to return the way you came though.

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Features of interest

The turnaround point of the run is an amazing amphitheatre, inhabited by keas, with stunning views of Rob Roy Glacier and the numerous waterfalls that cascade off it. Quite simply one of the most breathtaking vistas in NZ!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 80%

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  • Access

    Raspberry Creek car park at the very end of Wanaka - Mt. Aspiring Road, some 50k from Wanaka mostly on gravel road. 2 WD cars can make it but there are several fords so access could be difficult after heavy rain

    Huge, safe car park with toilets & information board.

    52 km

    70 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    So long as you turn right on to the swing bridge at 1.5k you can't possibly get lost!


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty of water from streams if you're prepared to scramble down a bank to get it. Otherwise carry your own.

    Can be icy in winter.

    This is a very popular track for day hikers, some of whom are very slow and occupy a lot of track! You're more of a danger to them than vice-versa, so just take your time and be courteous.

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