View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Climbing Roy’s Peak, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand…

Just 10km outside the town of Wanaka there exists a trail to the top of Roy’s Peak, one of the many hikes in this beautiful part of New Zealand. The day before we had been ice hiking and were a little tired, but even so I knew that this day was going to hurt! The track to the top is very clearly marked and fairly easy in that it does not involve any scrambling over rocks, it is just a walk, however it is also straight up 1,578 meters for an 11km roundtrip. Described by the local guidebook as ‘difficult’, I very well knew that I would feel every piece of camera gear that I planned loading into my backpack. Still, I also reasoned that I would not be back any time soon, so in went the 70-200 f2.8, the 17 f4 TS-E and the excellent 24-70 f2.8, along with plenty of water and snacks for the planned lunch at the top.

View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The view from the summit of Roy’s Peak after a long and arduous hike! Wanaka is clearly visible on the far right. This image is comprised of 112 files stitched together and looks absolutely superb in terms of detail on the screen. It can be printed to a native resolution length of 40 feet or just over 12 metres; as with all of these images I just love looking for new details each time I view it, from other hikers to boats on the lake etc… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Flowers on Roy's Peak, Wanaka© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Not far from the start, I turned and snapped this view…© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Some of the locals, licking salt blocks…© Michael Evans Photographer 2015

As we headed up the track we were reminded that a large portion of it goes through private farming land by New Zealand’s most populous inhabitant…

View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The sheep under their tree recede into the distance as we head on up the track… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Flowers on Roy's Peak, Wanaka© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Climbing higher… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

Trudging on through the 28 degree heat, I had to keep stopping to change lenses and grab some more images of the stunning view…we really could not have asked for better weather.

© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Another panoramic stitch… this time Melinda was at point… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The Peak is a popular launching place for local paragliders, and at the moment that I shot this image I was feeling very jealous of the pilot! © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
View from Roy's Peak over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Another panorama heading back down from the summit… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
The phone tower technicians taking the easy way down… I did think about asking for a lift… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Proof that I made it…! © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Wanaka in the background… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Another helicopter image… I just love flying! © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Time for a BW treatment… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015

The entire hike normally takes about 6 hours according to the guidebooks, however we stopped for lunch at the top and to celebrate our achievement for about half an hour, and stopped multiple times to take photographs, consequently we ended up back at our car 7 hours after we set off. Back to our hotel Edgewater and time for a well earned drink and replenishing meal.

© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Perfect after the day’s torture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
© Michael Evans Photographer 2015
Very well deserved…and delicious © Michael Evans Photographer 2015
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7 thoughts on “Climbing Roy’s Peak, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand…

    1. Hi Anne, I did actually reply to you the other day, but for some reason it did not register or post… Thank you for your kind comments, I really enjoyed your images from Roy’s Peak too! I totally agree with you about it being hard, I certainly was exhausted by the time I got back to my car!! Thank you for dropping by.

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