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Auckland Central, New Zealand325 contributions
Feb 2022
I started the climb at 9.30am. In hindsight, a much earlier start time is definitely recommended.

Because the weather forecast for the rest of our stay in Wanaka was rain, it was decided to do the climb on this one fine day.

And it was a tough slog; after half an hour from start time, I was surprised at how short an uphill distance I’d covered, especially since I believe I am a reasonably fit and active person.

It took me four hours to reach the top to the trig station, beyond the viewing platform.

That included lots of photo stops, a few snack/and many rest periods to enjoy the views and chatting to the fellow hikers. Take adequate water and food for the day.

The track is exposed, with very little shade cover or shelter from the weather. Track condition was good, many rocky patches, so good sensible footwear is advisable.

In saying that, i noticed others on the track were comfortable with running shoes or sneakers.

The day was hot and sunny. I had thrown an umbrella into my pack at the last minute, and was so thankful for the extra shade, in addition to my sun hat.

On the uphill, I passed plenty of early risers returning.

The downhill section required 3 hours of steady walking, assisted by walking poles.

Yes, the views are simply amazing, but the challenge to climb Roy’s Peak is there for the taking. Enjoy the journey.
Written 10 April 2022
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Mary M
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A very demanding walk. 8 km uphill for 3 hours and then return on the same track. In full sun. There is no shade. Take lots of water. But the views are brilliant and worth the pain.
Written 4 April 2022
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Auckland, New Zealand90 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The views up the top are worth the walk.
I walked the track start of April 2022, starting at 345am so I could make it to the top at sunrise. There were 2 cars in the Carpark then.

I agree with what everyone says, it’s a hard slog!

After walking for what I thought was an hour, I looked at my watch and had only done 600m. This walk plays mind games on you! I decided to use this walk as a mental and physical challenge, as after 1.5km I was wondering what I was doing.

I took my wife’s advice and bought a torch. That was a lifesaver, as it’s pitch black (obviously) before the sun is out.

After bumping into sheep along the way up, I made it to the top in 1hr52min. I’m not very fit, and haven’t done exercise in about 6x weeks prior. But you need determination. I guess you could leave earlier and really take your time, but I had the mindset of “the quicker you’re up there, the quicker it’s over”. I had to stop every 100m for about 5 seconds to catch my breath.

I made it up there 1 hour before the actual sunrise (🙄). But took time to setup a GoPro time lapse and sort my camera out.

I had a small carton (250ml) of up&go cereal drink prior to the walk.
I took 1.5l of water, 750ml Powerade, and 2x up&go & a bag of lollies if I needed it.
On the way up I ended up having 1x sip of the Powerade, tipping out half my water as it was heavy, didn’t touch up and go or lollies.
When I got to the top I had about half the bottle of Powerade, and didn’t touch the rest.
But everyone is different so be prepared!

The views at the top were stunning, one of the best I’ve seen. The calmness in the morning was amazing, and the tough walk was quickly forgotten.

Luckily when I was at the top, there was no one else there the whole time (unsure where the other 2 carloads were). So was stoked!

On the way down I saw 3x sets of people, near the top was a 10 year old girl (with family) - so shows anyone can do it!

Definitely go ahead if your have the chance, you won’t regret the views!
Written 4 April 2022
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Whangarei, New Zealand16 contributions
Jan 2022
We were unprepared fitness-wise, but had trainers, sunblock and plenty of food and water. The first hour was hard but as we got used to it, was manageable. The views on the way up and at the top particularly were outstanding! It was really hard coming back down - a mark of no training! Fine for those with a good level of fitness and a bit younger perhaps!
Written 18 January 2022
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Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We had 8 adults and 13 kids (from 11-13) of varying fitness levels. We started walking at 4.30am foe a couple of reasons:

1. To see the sunrise as we walked
2. To make sure the pre teens weren’t put off by looking up and seeing the steep inclines in places. Everything is easier in the dark - plus no heat!!

Fabulous walk, not the prettiest view on the track itself, and no shelter from the sun, but watching the sunrise over Lake Wanaka was incredible. The views from the top were unbelievably gorgeous!!

I’d actually say the walk down was harder on the legs! Pack plenty of hikers wool around your toes for the downhill journey! Your toes will thank me!

Pack plenty of snacks and water. We took 3 litres each but didnt need it all.

We were done by 11am after having a decent break at the top for lunch and photos. Superb weather. Easily doable with kids.

Well worth the view.
Written 16 January 2022
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Aneel R
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Great walk!!! Best views I’ve seen in the South Island.
Highly recommended but it’s a tough walk up hill and even tougher coming down
Written 13 January 2022
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14 contributions
Apr 2021
We did it as a family adventure. (kids 8 and 10y.o) We started the track at 4am to be on top for the sun rise. We got there just in time! The view is breath taking! So beautiful!!

Very safe to walk in the dark with a head lamp. Keep in mind if you see many blue eyes looking at you, they aren't ghosts but sheep!

MAKE SURE YOU TRAIN YOUR KNEES. Otherwise I can tell you, you'll cry on your way down.

Bring with you: water, a snack, sunscreen, a lite windproof jacket. Running shoes are fine. Hat. and of course your camera!

there are NO TREES. it is open sky the entire way. this track is for the view or for physical training (steep)

We did hike all the way to the top (higher then the famous point on Instagram) but i'm not sure if it was that worth it. The view is nice but is very beautiful from the famous view point.

We all enjoyed ourselves, except for my knees (mama's knees) , going down were in so much pain.
Written 7 November 2021
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Paul Miller
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Amazing walk. Do go right to the very top. That is some of the easiest parts of the track. Views for miles.
Written 5 July 2021
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Ipswich, Australia24 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you are yet to do it Roy's Peak - do it!

This was the best hike of our trip (although Mikford Sound had some great hikes) but nothing can beat the view from the top!

On the day we went (mid-June), it had been raining all morning and when we arrived at midday, the mountain and area was blanketed in fog. We hiked up though and made it to the lookout (the famous photo spot) in 2.5hours. The track is zig-zag all the way up and you pass through cattle fields to get up. I am also not an overly fit or small person ( I also have asthma but we made it to the lookout within that time which included a few stops for photos and didn't need to use my puffer. We just took our time and didn't rush).

Half way up the hike, the fog started to lift. It came and passed a few times where it would come and disappear within ten minutes or so.

We also hiked to thr top summit. I've had friend tells us it wasn't worth it but we are glad we did it. It does not have that photographic shot like the lower lookout but it's still worth doing.

We also packed appropriately for coming down after sunset and in winter (we packed extra jackets, thermals, head lamps, food, water and emergency items in case). Head lamps were a must after dark and warm clothing. If it was a sunny day, the whole hike up would be in broad sunlight and we only wore light layers up in a foggy day.

Coming down felt like it took ages (though we were in the dark and took a bit over two hours from the very top summit). We did also have runners doing thr hike easily and were running up and down the tracks.
Written 21 June 2021
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Natalie W
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
May 2021
This is it, the most insta-famous lookout in Aotearoa. I was a bit apprehensive about taking this one on, having read some of the comments from people saying how hard they found it and I'm not 21 anymore (twice that). But I would consider myself moderately fit, and I did okay. If you can do the Clevedon steps hike in Auckland without crying, or the Hakarimata hike in Hamilton, then you can manage this (it's just a lot longer). Yes it's a tough uphill climb on a sometimes rocky farm track but as long as you rest and take your time, it's entirely doable and your body will adjust to the demand as you go up. I found maybe the first forty-five minutes of the track the steepest part, and then the middle was okay, and then a few more sections towards the end where I had to take it very slow and pace myself. It was quite cold and windy down on the lakefront the day I went, but the track is on the sheltered side of the mountain so it was fine up on the track. I took milky bars, an apple, mandarin, maybe 1.5lt of water, and wore several layers (it was late May so coldish). I took a hiking pole which I found really useful on the hike down, but just had it attached to my pack on the way up. A double layer of hiking socks too, which prevented blisters, and some hi-tec hiking boots. My leg muscles were sore for a day or two after so I was glad I did this at the end of my vacation and not the start.
There was a toilet at the start and the first lookout but no toilet paper. I left around 12:40pm and was up to the second lookout (the one above the famous instagram point) around 3pm, and then back to the carpark at 5pm as the sun was going down. There were only a handful of people going up in the afternoon .... it's so different now in covid times that the pictures of long queues for photos beforehand. The view of all the arms of Lake Wanaka cutting into the mountains was incredible, and even though the sky was clouded over, I could still see all the way to Mt Aspiring. So glad I did this. If you want to do it, go for it.
Written 31 May 2021
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