IntroductionTake in breathtaking views over Lake Wānaka, Mount Aspiring/Tititea and surrounding peaks after a steep climb through alpine meadows and tussock grasslands to the summit. This is a popular track and one of our best day hikes.
Fitness required: High
16 km return via same track
- The track is closed for lambing from the 1 October - 10 November each year. It reopens on the 11 November.
- In winter you will need to carry and be able to use alpine equipment such as ice axe and crampons. In addition, the top section of this track has challenging avalanche terrain above the 1000 m mark.
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.
What to expect
- Change in elevation: 1,228 m
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.
- Toilets at beginning and end of the track.