Hike to the Rob Roy Glacier
New Zealand › Raspberry Flats
Added by Scott Nichols
Take in stunning glacier, alpine, and waterfall views on this easy, well-marked trail.
Follow the Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd. west of Lake Wanaka. The pavement turns into a dirt road shortly after you drive around the lake. You will drive for about an hour, then park at Raspberry Flats in the Matukituki Valley. From the Raspberry Flats lot, the trailhead begins at the swing bridge about 15 minutes away.
Once you cross the bridge over the glacier blue water of the West Matukituki River, the trail winds up through a beautiful beech forest along a dramatic gorge for 4.9 km (3 mi), then opens up to amazing panoramic alpine views of the glacier and surrounding waterfalls.
For current weather conditions, visit the Department of Conservation's Visitor Center (Ardmore St, Wanaka, New Zealand).
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Great Bang For Your Buck
This relatively short hike gives you a great taste for New Zealand backcountry and the Mount Aspiring National Park in particular. It can get crowded, especially in summer, so I suggest getting to the car park super early in the morning to avoid the masses
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