Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka, NZ

An easy to moderate walk passing by the picturesque Diamond Lake, and climbing up to the summit of Rocky Mountain (775m) for views of Lake Wanaka.

Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka

This walk near Wanaka offers good views for only mild to moderate effort. It’s an easygoing alternative to the famous but much longer Roys Peak Track that starts down the road a bit closer to town. You can do a figure of eight taking in the picturesque Diamond Lake, and then climb higher to the summit of Rocky Mountain (775m) for views over Lake Wanaka and towards snow capped mountains to the north. My wife did this walk in winter with her sister and the views were even better.

Track Notes

There’s information on the DOC website, and I took a picture of a map: see below…

Rocky Mountain Circuit, near Wanaka
Track notes: Voila!

The Scenery

Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
Diamond Lake
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
The scene looking west over Diamond Lake. Difficult to fit everything into one shot.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
Looking over Lake Wanaka from about half way up.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
Lake Wanaka from about half way up.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
Looking west.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
The view north towards tall mountains.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
I think this was looking south-east.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
A panorama looking east over Lake Wanaka.
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
Looking east over Lake Wanaka.

And one shot from winter…

Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
This shot taken by my sister-in-law in July 2018.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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