Rob Roy Glacier Track in Mount Aspiring National Park (Isengard from Lord of the Rings) on New Zealand’s South Island is a beautiful half-day hike with a great view of the glacier and surrounding mountains. In the Matukituki Valley area, there are routes for just about any length of time you’d like to stay. We were short on time and had a wine tasting in the afternoon (also in Wanaka), so we chose Rob Roy. It’s a lush, green entrance to some really awesome alpine scenery. At ten kilometers roundtrip, expect about a three to four hour trek.
From the car park, it’s an easy walk through the field of sheep and across a suspension bridge to the base of the uphill section. Continuing straight will lead you deeper into the valley and up toward several sets of huts where you can make camp for a multi-day trek.
But turning right will lead you toward two lookout points. Some parts after that can be a bit steep, but the scenery is quite beautiful. The first lookout gives you a peek at the glacier, but the second is really spectacular.
At the top lookout, you are treated to a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and glacier in the distance. There’s a stunning waterfall cascading over the mountainside.
This website has great information about the Rob Roy Track and surrounding area if you’d like to check out more!
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Travel on, Beaches 🙂