The Rob Roy Valley track is one of the most beautiful hikes in New Zealand. The scenic hike goes through breathtaking landscapes, the Matukituki river, snow capped mountains and finally the waterfalls of the glacier.
The glacier is within Mt. Aspiring National Park about an hour drive outside of Wanaka. The clearly marked trail is easy to follow and begins in Raspberry Creek at the car park. The hike begins on the valley floor and is considerably mellow.
Keep left of the river and cross the swing bridge at about 1.25 miles. Shortly after crossing the bridge is a look out bench perfect for taking pictures of the stunning valley floor and Mt. Aspiring off in the distance. The walk continues through a gorge and into the beech forest.
There is a long, steady, never ending incline through the forest to reach the meadow and there is a noticeable shift in the vegetation as the meadow gets closer. Follow the stream into the open meadow and the glacier is directly ahead.
Length: 7 miles / 11.2 km
Trail Type: Out and back
Elevation Change: 1,625 ft / 495 m
Duration: 4 hours
Trail Condition: Well defined, easy to follow.
Features: Beech forest, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, meadow
Climate: Be prepared for changeable conditions. Weather tends to be most stable late summer/early autumn (February/March). Snow in winter.
Tips: Pack a great lunch and enjoy at the top
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