This approximate 5-hour hike on the Rob Roy Glacier Track covers an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet (600 meters), suitable for strong hikers. You can use provided walking poles to navigate any uneven terrain while your guide ensures plenty of water breaks and stops for photos along the way.
Start your day trip with morning pickup from your Queenstown hotel and relax during the 2-hour drive by minivan over the Crown Range — New Zealand’s highest main road. You’ll swap Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Range for the Matukituki Valley, west of Lake Wanaka.
Upon reaching the trailhead in the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park, follow your guide down a well-marked footpath. You’ll cross the Matukituki River via a narrow suspension bridge, tromp through a beech forest and huff up a small gorge before ascending 1,080 feet (330 meters) into the Rob Roy Valley. Here, snap photos of Rob Roy Glacier and the surrounding snowcapped mountains.
Your efforts are rewarded with a picnic at another glacier viewpoint, which overlooks a tumbling waterfall from jagged rock cliffs. Watch for clever kea birds — aka, alpine parrots — that may be curious about your lunch.
Throughout the day, your guide shares interesting commentary on regional history, ecology and wildlife. Upon completion of your round-trip hike, you’re driven back to Queenstown, arriving at your hotel in the early evening.