Route: Roy's Peak Track

Submitted by JaseTrim on Sat, 01/16/2021 - 02:04am
New Zealand
16 km
Vertical Gain
1,578 m

Roy's Peak is a mountain in New Zealand's southern Island, standing between the town of Wanaka & Glendu Bay. On Topo and Wikipedia, height is 1,578 metres above sea level.

Roy's Peak Track is a 16.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand, that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult, due to it's steepness. Given it's nearby location to Wanaka town, it is easily accessible to run early in the morning and be finished for a late breakfast. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from January until October. 

At the summit there are views across Lake Wanaka and to Mount Aspiring, it's parent mountain. The track zigzags steeply up the side of Mount Roy through thick grass until the ridge to the summit.

Start the track from the car park located just off the road. Be early or the car park fills up quickly. Follow the track and signage to the summit and return the same route.

Note: The area is closed from October 1st to November 10th every year for lambing season. There is a car park next to the beginning of the track. 2$ fee at the beginning of the track. During winter season, it is recommended having winter gear such as an ice axe and crampons.


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Roy’s Peak is a regular Friday morning run for locals. Start any time; aim to meet on the summit at 7 a.m. Everyone runs down together. The FKT for the ascent (car park to summit) is 51 minutes. The complete round trip has often been done in around 1:30. 

It’s important to remember the ‘no drones’ rule, as the area is regularly used by paragliders and helicopters.

Enjoy! It’s a great run!