Last Updated: 4th Dec 2023


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Rocky Diamond

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Mal Law

Last Updated: 4th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 44 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -19.1%


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The run starts with a short, fairly steep uphill section on a gravel access road. At the top of the hill turn left on to single track to skirt Diamond Lake.

Ignore the round-the-lake track for the moment and instead continue up hill to the viewing platform from which the first of many great vistas open up. Continue uphill past the platform and take the first left turn towards Rocky Mountain.

The trail continues uphill winding through bush, under a bluff and then out on to open country. More great views now open up. At the next junction take the left-hand trail signposted to Rocky Mountain via western track. This leads you to the top of this unimaginatively named summit and panoramic views over Lake Wanaka and up the Matukituki Valley to Mt. Aspiring in the distance.

Leave the summit on the northern side following the track downhill as it winds back on itself under the summit. Within a kilometre you'll come to another junction where you stay left and continue descending to the Lookout Track.

Here you should turn turn left for a very worthwhile short out-and-back to the Lake Wanaka Viewpoint. Having drunk in more spectacular views re-trace your steps and continue on downhill until you reach the lake again. As soon as you hit the bottom of the hill turn sharp left to do a quick loop of this small but sparkling body of water and follow the gravel road back to the car park.

This trail includes the peak Rocky Mountain.

One of the very best short runs in the country, the highlight of which is the stunning views from the top of Rocky Mountain.

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Plenty of safe parking.

18 km

17 minutes




All junctions are well signposted.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is no drinking water on the route. Carry your own.

The track can get very icy in winter as it sees very little sun at this time of the year. Micro-spikes are an essential for these conditions.

Ice in winter

Kai Whaka Pai

Urban Grind

Federal Diner

Trail Legend

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

has completed Rocky Diamond 3 times in the last year.

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Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please note - To get a valid FKT time the short out-and-back to Lake Wanaka Viewpoint must be completed. 

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Trail Reviews

Ran this one while my boys were playing at Glendu Bike Park. This is a great little run with stunning views at the top. Combined it with the Motatapu River run for a bit of extra distance.

Kat Webber

April 27, 2022

She’s a beaut! Stunning views for not too much work 😂

Lauren Mai Anderson

February 22, 2022

Absolutely stunning. Everyone should have on their wish list. Go on a nice day, you will not be disappointed.

Raewyn Peters

March 7, 2021

Agreat short run with awesome views without too much climbing (246 stairs included though).
Easily combined with the Motatapu river track if you like to add some more distance.

Adam Clifford

February 28, 2021

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