Yesterday I hiked Roy’s Peak, which is a well known mountain here in Wanaka. It’s about 5,200 feet and the views are to be incredible of the lake, Mt. Aspiring national park and the outskirts of Wanaka.
It was supposed to be a sunny day, but woke up with the weather channel noting a 70% chance of rain. Thankfully it didn’t rain, but I’m so happy it was cloudy. The trail is completely open, so it would get really hot, really quick.
Like a lot of trails in NZ, the trail head is a few kilometers out of town. Whenever I go to the i-site (visitors center), they always suggest hitch hiking. It’s really common and safe here, but I usually opt to walk. Luckily, there was a path along the lake (the same trail I took the day before) that leads you to the trail head.
Once getting to the trail head, it was a 16km hike to the top. I heard it was difficult, but wasn’t sure was to expect. Very steep is the best way to describe it! You’re literally just zigzagging your way up the mountain, but given that, it’s uphill the entire way.
As the trail is so open, the views were incredible the whole way up. There were a few times I was walking very slow but it was nice to at least have beautiful scenery to look at.
You end up climbing pretty quickly and it took just under 3 hours to get to the top. There’s a famous lookout point, which is a little peninsula off the mountain, where you literally feel like you’re on top of the world!
Once I reached the bottom, I still had to walk back to town, which ended up being very slow! It felt good to stretch out my legs a bit, but they’re tired today.
Overall, a gorgeous hike with amazing views and comes highly recommended by me. 🙂