Rob Roy Track
Major slips on track / Pest control operation
Major unstable slips - extreme care required.
There is avalanche danger during winter and spring (June-November) on the Rob Roy Track.
Pest control operation
As part of the Battle for our Birds pest operation, access to this track will be temporarily restricted on Sunday 23 November for up to 24 hours during an aerial toxin drop.
For safety reasons it is strongly recommended that people avoid entering the pest control area while the helicopter operation is taking place. Signage and Department of Conservation staff will indicate when this track is again safe for travel.
Note: If the weather is unfavourable, the pest operation could continue into Monday 24 November. If this occurs, some track restrictions will continue for this extra day.
3 - 4 hr return
Trampers on the Rob Roy Track
The valley is a good entry point to an area of spectacular alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls.
A swing bridge, 15 minutes from the Raspberry Flat car-park, crosses the West Matukituki River, downstream from the Rob Roy Stream junction. After the bridge 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.
The Matukituki Valley is an hour’s drive west from Wanaka.
The track starts at a swing bridge, 15 minutes from the Raspberry Flat car-park.
Plan and prepare
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.
- Plan properly and follow the outdoor safety code.
- Overnight trampers need a sleeping bag, cooking utensils and sufficient food, warm and waterproof clothing – including gloves and hat.
- Good fitness and equipment are essential to enjoying your trip, especially as unpredictable weather patterns mean that cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. These valleys aren’t closed in winter, but snow can make travel difficult and dangerous.
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