Trampers on the Rob Roy Track
Image: Giovanni Variottinelli | Creative Commons

Introduction

This track offers an easy route (achievable by older children) into a dramatic alpine landscape that includes snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls.

Track overview

10 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3–4 hr Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

Access is restricted to the lower lookout when avalanche danger is present (June–November).

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

About 15 minutes from the Raspberry Flat car park, cross a swing bridge across the West Matukituki River. The track climbs through a small gorge into beech forest, then into alpine vegetation at the head of the valley, with good views of the Rob Roy Glacier.

Getting there

The track starts at the Raspberry Creek car park, 54 km west of Wanaka on the Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road. The last 30 km are unsealed. The last 10 km is a fine weather road only and subject to washouts and flooded creeks that can be impassable – check road conditions before you leave.

The drive takes about an hour. Transport services from Wanaka to the car park are available.

Nature and conservation

The playful and inquisitive kea, with its harsh ‘kee-a’ call, is often seen and/or heard in the valley (don’t feed them).

Know before you go

An unstable slip on the lower section of the track has a steep drop-off that requires care when crossing.

Weather in this area can be unpredictable and alpine conditions can arrive at any time of year – take appropriate clothing, and check weather and road conditions before you go.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

  • Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property. Stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided.
  • Livestock can be unpredictable - avoid disturbing stock when travelling through the valley.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
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