Roys Peak in Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand is an epic day walk. It is definitely for the fitter traveller with a three hour constant climb to the summit at 1,578metres.What a place to have your lunch.
The views begin almost immediately as you ascend from the road car park and for the most part you can't help but fell like you are walking through a series of postcards.
Basically you are following a farm track so there really isn't any tricky or precipitous sections only glorious panorama. The summit is a little spoiled by its transmitting tower! Having said that there are still 360º views over Treble Cone, Lake Wanaka and Hawea and beyond are otherwise unbroken.
There is an honesty box at the start of the track with a suggested (NZ)$2 donation for track maintenance. Take a windproof jacket and because this alpine country definitely some warm clothes for the top. The track is closed in lambing season 1st Oct -10th November. And unless you want to walk another nine hours across the range to Cardona then, I'm afraid, its down the way you came up!
Check here for some images I shot along the way: http://burgseyephotos.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/walk-this-way.html
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