MUST EXPLORE | ROCK PEAK

MUST EXPLORE | ROCK PEAK

MUST EXPLORE | ROCK PEAK 1200 900 The Flyer Magazine

Easy

1.5 hours

This walk is the perfect stop off point next time you’re heading to Wanaka. Rather than breezing past the lookout at the top, park up and take a bit of time to re-appreciate a view you’re already very familiar with. At the far end of the car park is a fence and a stile to cross onto a farm track. Join this and follow the road as far as you like. You’ll not get lost!

 

Looking down the Pisa Range.

The transmitter station at Rock Peak is about 1.5 hours ahead of you and a great turning point. You are also able to head on to Mount Allen and all the way to Tuohys Saddle, but make sure you’re well prepared and do further research if you’re planning on going further than Rock Peak. The track is in the open so you can enjoy 360 degree views to distract you from the zigzagging farm road. One direction looks towards Queenstown, another down the Cardrona Valley, and once you’ve climbed high enough you can also peek down the other side of the Pisa Range. The open terrain, however, means that you’re exposed to the elements, so remember to bring a warm jacket, a hat and some extra layers, especially during winter. The weather is changeable and can be much colder up here than it is in Queenstown.

This is a great little stop over if you want to stretch your legs or see a bit more of the Pisa Range without committing to a big hike.