Roys Peak is an iconic hike just outside of Wanaka. It takes about 5 hours total, but the views from the top are simply stunning, making it all worth it.
The trail starts off with a steep climb through grassy hills, and as you gain elevation, the views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains become more and more spectacular. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Southern Alps and the surrounding landscape.
The Roys Peak track is well-maintained and easy to follow. You can start early in the morning to avoid crowds and the heat, but we recommend starting in the afternoon to catch a breathtaking view of the landscape lit up by the sunset rays. Last time we visited (in March) we started at 4 pm and had the entire place to ourselves.
Be advised that the track is closed for lambing from October 1st to November 10th each year.