Ready for a feeling of accomplishment and a view that takes your breath away? You must stop in Wanaka and make the trek to the summit of Roy's Peak during your New Zealand road-trip!
This trail begins at the Roy's Peak Carpark, about 6km outside of Wanaka. If you don't have a car, New Zealand is one of the best (and safest) places in the world for hitch-hiking, so stick out that thumb!
You should plan to begin this hike early in the morning, ideally before sunrise. There is absolutely no tree coverage on the trail, which will make your hike significantly more difficult when the hot New Zealand sun is beating down on you. As with any hike, be prepared with good shoes, ample water, sunscreen, and a camera.
Roy's Peak is about 10 miles long and takes 5-6 hours return, depending on your experience level and athleticism. There is an elevation gain of 4,127 feet which inclines steadily over the course of the entire trail. Many people that I passed during this hike turned around and quit half-way because of the difficulty, but I really urge you to push through and complete the trek, even if it means taking breaks along the way. Although the trail itself is not anything special, you will not want to miss the 360-degree view at the summit, where you can see most of Lake Wanaka, the surrounding peaks, and Mount Aspiring.
The best part (aside from the view) of this hike, is that when you finish the 10-mile route, you can jump into Lake Wanaka to cool off! There are paddleboards for rental, otherwise you can just swim or lay out along the lake's shore to rest. Wanaka has a variety of restaurants where you can refuel after a long day as well.
I have hiked on four different continents, but Roy's Peak continues to stand-out as one of my favorites. What is your favorite hiking trail around the world? Share in the comments below.
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