Fitness required: High
16 km return via same track
With beautiful Wānaka as the backdrop, you’ll climb from lake level through farmland then up into the tussock tops to the 1578 m summit.
The sounds of grasshoppers and skylarks surround you as you climb 1,500 m on a well-formed track with the most spectacular views of Lake Wānaka, its islands, bays, and the mighty snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, including Mount Aspiring/Tititea.
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.
The nearest towns are Wānaka (6 km), Queenstown (68km) and Haast (142 km) on the West Coast.
The track starts at the Roys Peak Track car park on the Mount Aspiring Road near Wānaka.
At times of high use, during summer, consider walking or cycling to the car park (via the Waterfall Creek Track that links to the Roys Peak Track) as there is limited parking available.
Public transport options are available.
There is no shade or water on this track.
The weather changes rapidly in this region. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer.
In winter the top section of the track has challenging avalanche terrain above the 1000 m mark. Find out more about this on the New Zealand Avalanche Advisory website or check with the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre.
Prevent wildfires: If using a gas camp cooker in the Stack Conservation area choose a site that is clear of combustible materials. Campfires are not permitted.