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Rob Roy Glacier

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 4.5 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate run to knockout scenery at the foot of the Rob Roy Glacier.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.3

KM

85%

Runnable

2,485' 757 m

High

1,228' 374 m

Low

1,307' 399 m

Up

1,310' 399 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

The Rob Roy Glacier Track is one of Mount Aspiring National Park's most outstanding day-runs. A relatively short and well-kept path leads high into the Rob Roy Basin, where a hanging glacier drapes the mountain walls and sends cascades of water down in all directions. The walk is beautiful the entire way, and the payoff view at the end is simply stunning.

Description

From the Raspberry Flats carpark, the Rob Roy track heads up the West Matukituki River valley through a grazed paddock with wide open views. Shortly thereafter, the track crosses the river via a fun swinging bridge and enters shady beech forest within Mount Aspiring National Park.

From here, the route heads up a cleft in the canyon wall carved by Rob Roy Stream, which thunders in the bottom of the gorge. The trail climbs, sometimes steeply, along the beautiful stream. At the signed lower viewpoint, there are awesome views of Bridal Veil Falls, which has an impressive uninterrupted drop of 261 meters (856 feet) from the base of the glacier above. This is only a taste of what is to come, and it is definitely worth continuing on another 30 minutes to the upper viewpoint, where the official trail stops at treeline.

The view from trail's end is nothing short of awesome. Countless waterfalls cascade from the Rob Roy Glacier, craggy mountains are on all sides, and wildflowers fill the meadows. It is worth lingering here to take in the epic scenery before turning around and heading back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Kea are common at the top of this track - don't feed them!

Contacts

Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

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  4.5 from 12 votes

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Photos

Waterfall below the Rob Roy Glacier. The falls drop a phenomenal 261 meters (856 feet) without interruption.
Jan 31, 2015 near Arrowtown, NZ
Upper Rob Roy Basin. Incredible scenery in every direction.
Jan 31, 2015 near Arrowtown, NZ
Wirebridge over Matukituki River
Feb 18, 2015 near Arrowtown, NZ
Improving views as the Upper Rob Roy Basin gets nearer.
Jan 31, 2015 near Arrowtown, NZ

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Dec 22, 2018
Bee Koh
730am, a fast walk up to amazing look out of the glacier. spent 10mins at bridge for pictured, 20 mins at lookout and chatted with a local sharing… 7mi