Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Roys Peak

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Talei Hayward

Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +17.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -17.5%


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The track is well sign-posted so navigation shouldn't cause any problems. It can be very, very busy in summer. It is not recommended during winter because of snow and ice. There is a toilet 200m from the carpark. There is no water available so take your own. Also, make sure you take a wind proof jacket and other warm clothing as, even in mid summer, the temperatures at the summit can be very low. In mid-Jan I had a jacket, woolly hat and gloves as well as full length leggings. It was freezing at the top! A good level of fitness is required as this is a challenging walk/run.

This trail includes the peak Roys Peak.

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Parking is available at the Roys Peak Carpark. In January at 9am it was nearly impossible to find a park as this is a very popular trail. Get there early!

7 km

8 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone


Track closed 1 October to 10 November for Lambing. Check with DOC Wanaka for track availablilty. Not recommended in winter due to snow and ice.

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Paul Wieland

Paul Wieland

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Trail Reviews

One of those bucket list trails if you are in the area. Hard slog up there, but the views are incredible.

Zavana McAffer

May 23, 2022

Amazing views. Below average trail for this part of the country

Mike Kerr

December 5, 2021

Fabulous!! wonderful views above the inversion layer!!

Annelise La Roche

June 11, 2021

One of the best views you will get in New Zealand without having to go too far out of town. Was lucky that when we arrived today it was not busy and we got the track pretty much to ourselves on the way up and minimal traffic on the way down.

Chris Seymour

May 3, 2021

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