Wanaka Region

by Julia Laporte November. 17, 2018 680 views

DIAMOND LAKE - ROCKY MOUNTAIN

The Diamond Lake - Rocky Mountain track is a shorter walk (2-3 hour return) close to Wanaka and one of my favourites in New Zealand. Back in 2006/2007 I did it several times, hence a picture of that walk was chosen for our very first post. It has one of the best effort-to-view-ratios as it is not too arduous and yet gives way to a magnificent 360 degree view; Lake Wanaka, many of its bays and inlets and the Southern Alps including Mt Aspiring.

Early morning reflections and light

Early morning reflections and light

View towards Mt Aspiring

View towards Mt Aspiring

The same view as the picture taken in 2006 shown in our first post

The same view as the picture taken in 2006 shown in our first post

Lake Wanaka; with Roys Peak visible as the highest peak on the right hand side

Lake Wanaka; with Roys Peak visible as the highest peak on the right hand side

ROYS PEAK

As advertised on one of the information boards in Wanaka, Roys Peak is one of the region’s must-dos. It is a 5-6 hour return hike that starts at lake level and takes you through farmland then up into the tussock tops to the summit at an altitude of 1578 m, covering a total of 16 km round trip.

I had been battling a nasty cold for the previous 10 days. Based on that, combined with my lung condition similar to asthma, my husband did not think it wise for us to do that hike which would be quite strenuous. However, my motto is pretty much “where there’s a will, there’s a way” - and I REALLY wanted to do that hike as a highlight of the region - my favourite in the country and a track I hadn’t walked before.

Needless to say, my mental strength (aka stubbornness) won over my physical weakness, but I was still huffing and puffing, wheezing and sneezing the entire way up the mountain. For the first time I was more looking forward to the descent; I usually prefer the ascent, putting less pressure on the knees.

As mentioned in one of our earlier posts, my husband gets very uneasy when it comes to heights - especially when on or along a ledge. The Roys Peak track is quite manageable in that regard up until the last 100 altitude metres to the summit. He instructed me to go ahead without him and he would wait in a little alcove along the track. Huffing and puffing, I made it to the summit on my own. As expected, the views were worth all the effort. Not wanting him to wait for too long I took a few photographs and headed back. Turning around one of the corners I saw him making his way along the track to the top. I was very proud of him to go beyond his comfort level and delighted to have a picnic together at the top to enjoy the hard-worked-for vistas.

Having passed the grass line and walked into the tussocks

Having passed the grass line and walked into the tussocks

View of Wanaka, with the trail visible on the mountain side

View of Wanaka, with the trail visible on the mountain side

South West view from the summit

South West view from the summit

View of Lake Wanaka and the trail on the mountain side

View of Lake Wanaka and the trail on the mountain side

View of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring on the left hand side (as well as the Rocky Mountain climbed the previous day)

View of Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring on the left hand side (as well as the Rocky Mountain climbed the previous day)

My husband on the track with Mt Aspiring in the background

My husband on the track with Mt Aspiring in the background

Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps and the trail on the right hand side

Lake Wanaka, the Southern Alps and the trail on the right hand side

My husband with Wanaka in the background

My husband with Wanaka in the background

Almost made it back to the car park

Almost made it back to the car park

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Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 5 months ago

Hi both, for me as an unregular follower of your posts it would be a big help if you can put a continuing number at the beginning of the title so I know in which order I have to read the posts. ... thx

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Julia Laporte Replied to Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 5 months ago

On the home page of the blog, on the right hand side, you have the option of ordering the posts by date (latest or oldest) or by their popularity. Then it will show them from left to right. Although I t doesn’t always work 100%, depending on the landscape or portrait format of the cover picture, you don’t necessarily need to read them in chronological order as each post can be read or viewed as an individual entry. smile

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Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

Spectacular!!!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

Such a beautiful place on earth. smile

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marlene Mursuli 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow.. hermosas imágenes. Impresionantes.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Marlene Mursuli 2 years, 5 months ago

Gracias, Marlene.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tsao T-F 2 years, 5 months ago

so beautiful

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Tsao T-F 2 years, 5 months ago

It is indeed my favourite region in New Zealand.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Chris Water 2 years, 5 months ago

#13 Matty, had to zoom in to assess the facial growth! Making progress, keep up the good work. Remember, beard oil is a must for impressing the locals with a shiny mane!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Chris Water 2 years, 5 months ago

He will keep it in mind! smile

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Björn Roose 2 years, 5 months ago

It is indeed a beautiful region ... 

I live in Flanders, the highest point around here is a stunning ... 287,5 meters, but whenever I'm in another country I manage to walk up a more or less serious hill or mountain (only the Netherlands are flatter than Flanders around here) and I - seriously - get fear of hights standing on a kitchen ladder laughing  As long as I'm sure the place I'm standing on is not gonna fall down, it's okay.

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 5 months ago

We have been living in Amsterdam the last 5 years and have therefore been somewhat starving for landscape... so we know exactly what you mean. smile 
Fortunately, mountains are known to be quite solid (for the most part). ;-)

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