Last Updated: 15th Nov 2023

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Rob Roy Glacier Track

Wanaka, Otago

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Last Updated: 15th Nov 2023

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Grunt Factor: 17

Gnarl Factor: 27

11.5km

475m

475m

750m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Riverside

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

80%
10%
10%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.2%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

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.

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!

Huge, safe car park with toilets & information board.

52 km

70 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

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

Non-existent.

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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Rebecca Sunderland

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Trail Reviews

I did this as a hike rather than a run. For me this is up there with Gertrude Saddle, Lake Marian, and Avalanche Peak as "best day hikes on the South Island". Lots of superlatives I could say about this hike. Instead I'll just say this... if you're in the area, DO IT!

Matt Halverson

May 2, 2022

A long way to go for a 1-2 hour run, but totally worth it! Enjoyed it much more in winter, the glacier is more impressive with lots of snow on it, and heap of places on the track to fill a bottle. 👍

Aaron Hosking

June 12, 2021

Possibly my favourite trail near Wanaka and that's saying something!! Absolutely stunning and diverse scenery the whole way. Great track too - neither steep and technical, nor flat and boring, and maintained in excellent condition.

Catriona McWhirter

January 29, 2019

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