View from the summit on the Roys
This very popular and challenging track zigzags steeply along a 4WD track from the carpark to the conservation area. The track continues through tussock grasslands to the 1578 m summit. The panoramic views from the ridge line includes most of Lake Wanaka, the surrounding peaks and Mount Aspiring/Tititea. The total height gain of 1300 m makes this a demanding walk for many.
The track starts at the Roys Peak Track carpark, 6 km from the Wanaka township on the Mt Aspiring Road.
In times of high use (eg summer) consider walking or cycling to the carpark (via the Waterfall Creek Track that links to the Roys Peak Track) as there is limited parking available.
Mountain bikes are not permitted on the Roys Peak Track.
Know 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.
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in this region. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property. Stay on the marked track, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provide.
There is no water available on the track so ensure you carry sufficient.
The track is exposed with limited shade.
The only toilet on the track is located 200 m from the Roys Peak car park.