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Roys Peak, The Stack Conservation Area

Views of Lake Hawea and the zigzagging Roys Track. Photo: Matthew Pike
The Stack Conservation Area
Roys Peak car park, 6km west of Wanaka on Wanaka Mt Aspiring Rd
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The track zigzags countless times; first through farmland and then through a fence that marks the start of The Stack Conservation Area.

These continue and when you brush the ridge for the first time, there’s a spectacular photo opportunity with the undulating ridge in the foreground and the northern arm of Lake Wanaka stretching into the distance behind.

The track returns to the north-east face again before hitting the ridge once more.

It then heads around the back of the hill and to the summit (though heading straight up along the ridge is more fun).

At the top is the marvellous sight of Wanaka and its namesake lake spreading in all directions.

Lake Hawea peeks out in the distance and, to the left, Mt Aspiring National Park summits jut out handsomely.

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