Rob Roy Waterfalls


Rob Roy Waterfalls

Rob Roy Waterfalls, a series of waterfalls, are located in Rob Roy Glacier Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park. Despite the fact that the road is suitable for 4WD vehicles and the track is quite a difficult tramping one, the waterfalls, accompanied by Bridal Veil waterfall, are unforgettable and very scenic ones.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 28' 38.1468" E 168° 43' 47.928"
Parking: Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Vehicle type: 4WD vehicle recommended Track type: Tramping track
Road type:35km of Gravel Road (poor road surface) Return track duration: 4hrs 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 200m Type of the waterfall: Glacier

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 44° 28' 38.1468" E 168° 43' 47.928"
Parking:     Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Mt Aspiring
Access:     4hrs 30min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Rob Roy Track closed

The Rob Roy bridge crossing the West Matukituki River is closed until further notice. There is no alternative access to the glacier track.

Rob Roy Waterfalls are roughly a 1.5 hours' drive away from Wanaka. Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd is a gravel road with huge holes and cracks on it as well as multiple creek's fords. There is an official sign at the road entrance saying that it's not a public road, the road is maintained by DOC and DOC takes no liability for the vehicles entering to this road. This road is unsuitable for low wheel-base vehicles and we highly recommend a 4-WD vehicle for this trip.

From Wanaka follow Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd for 51.5km (including 35km of gravel road) until you reach a huge carpark (at the end of the road) with toilets and a picnic area.

There are lots of different waterfalls along Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, so drive carefully and watch for waterfalls.

A tramping Rob Roy track leads to the waterfalls lookout. The first part of the track goes through farmland, then you need to cross the river via a swing bridge, 15-minutes from the Raspberry Flat carpark, and climb into alpine vegetation with excellent views of the Rob Roy Glacier.

At the end of the track you will see Bridal Veil Falls (on your left) and Rob Roy Waterfalls (on your right). Return via the same track.

A closer approach is possible, with care. From the official lookout follow an unofficial track which leads you to the Rob Roy Glacier. This route is recommended for experienced trampers only.

Waterfalls nearby

Bridal Veil Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     4hrs 30min return walk
Driving:   1 m (1 min)

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Wishbone Falls

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Access:     2min return walk
Driving:   2.4 km (4 mins)

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