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New Zealand day walk Rob Roy Glacier

  • 4 minutes

South Island, New Zealand

Getting there and what to see and do

Rob Roy Glacier walk

Explore one of New Zealand’s unforgettable day trek into the wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Nature’s display includes beautiful mountain beech forest, bubbling creeks and high country tussock. The Rob Roy Glacier walk has lower and upper lookouts offering views of Rob Roy Glacier and waterfalls cascading from sheer cliffs.

  • Start: Raspberry Flat Car Park, Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Time: 4-5 hours return to the bush line / glacier viewpoint
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Grade: Well formed track, moderate – good fitness levels required due to the need to constantly climb upwards towards the lookouts and the steps.

Check out Unforgettable Rob Roy day walk for details.


Check if planning a trip in this area between May and November.

Rob Roy Glacier in New Zealand with Waterfall and Rock Face, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
Rob Roy Glacier in New Zealand with Waterfall and Rock Face, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

How to get to the Rob Roy Glacier walk?

Allow an additional 1 hour driving time (54 km gravel road for the last section) from Wanaka to reach the car park entrance. The popular summer walk is offered as a guided day trip by local Wanaka operators and a shuttle service to the car park operates. Check with the local visitor centre for up to date safety and track information. Check road conditions before you leave by contacting the Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre.

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Kayaks launch guided tour Lake Wanaka near #thatwanakatree, South Island, New Zealand
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Rob Roy Glacier walk, Wanaka

A swing bridge is a clear indication you are on the correct track. The bridge is located 15 min from the Raspberry Creek car park crosses the Matukituki River West Branch downstream from the Rob Roy Stream junction.

An indicator you are on the correct track for the Rob Roy Glacier Walk is 15 minutes from the Raspberry Flat car park is a swing bridge which you will cross over the the West Matukituki River. The track then climbs through a gorge into shaded beech forest.

  • Length 10 km return
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Grade Easy / moderate with ascents and descents, firm surface
  • Seasonal restrictions Access is restricted to the lower lookout when avalanche danger is present May to November.
  • No dogs

The track is located in the larger Mount Aspiring National Park, 54 km from Wanaka. The park was formed in 1964 and makes up 356,181 hectares of stunningly beautiful wilderness.

Department of Conservation guidelines

Be safe and beware – this is mountain country

  • Take warm clothing and raincoat, sunhat and sunscreen, something to eat and drink and strong footwear.
  • Mountain weather can change quickly. Check the Arthurs Pass National Park weather forecast – NIWA website (external site).
  • Walking on tracks and routes above the bushline (the upper edge of the forest) is recommended only in good weather conditions.

Your safety is your responsibility. Stay safe in the outdoors by following the Land Safety Code.

Tell someone your plans, including when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned, by using the Outdoors Intentions form.

Bealey Spur, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Bealey Spur, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand

The upper lookout point offers sweeping views although it is very exposed especially if you are perched on the convenient large boulders. The TOILETS are located just before the lookout. There are toilets and picnic tables at the Raspberry Flat trailhead and car park.

Summer is ideal with early autumn (late March / early April) dependent on weather conditions. The walk is not suitable in winter as avalanche conditions can prevail.

Raspberry Creek Car Park and Facilities is the trailhead for a number of DOC managed tracks. There is a toilet block, shelter with picnic tables and extensive information panels.

As with most hikes into the wilderness your mobile phone will be out of wifi range. DOWNLOAD any maps or information required beforehand.

Roaring Billy Falls in Mount Aspiring National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand
Roaring Billy Falls in Mount Aspiring National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

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Mount Aspiring National Park Weather Forecast

It is essential walkers consult the local mountain weather forecast and unpredictable weather is a given.

The Department of Conservation manages the Tititea / Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre in Wanaka. The address is 1 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka.


Skiers on Treble Cone ski field will catch glimpses of the Matukituki Valley.


In winter the gravel road to Rob Roy Glacier walk, fords several small creeks which in the spring melt can rise rapidly.

This walk is part of the New Zealand unforgettable day walks series.



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