Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka NZ

The Rocky Mountain – Diamond Lake Circuit passes through attractive bush & provides excellent views from the summit (775m) of Lake Wanaka and many high peaks.

Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka

The Rocky Mountain – Diamond Lake Circuit is a walk near Wanaka that offers excellent views for only moderate effort. It’s an easier-going alternative to the famous but much longer Roys Peak Track that starts down the road a bit closer to town. Certainly the views are less epic, however this is a more attractive walking experience all round, with sections of attractive native bush and other vegetation.

You can do a circuit or figure of eight taking in the picturesque Diamond Lake and the summit of Rocky Mountain (775m) for views over Lake Wanaka and towards various high peaks in Mt Aspiring National Park and around the lake.

Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Loved these bluffs on Rocky Mountain, no doubt giving the mountain its name. Taken on the drive out. 

Track Notes

It’s a formed track the whole way, and will take maybe 2-3 hours. 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!
Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit, near Wanaka
On an obvious track the whole way.

Rocky Mountain-Diamond Lake Circuit: The Scenery

Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Diamond Lake
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Looking up at the mountain.
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Lots of nice native bush on this walk.
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Diamond Lake from a lookout near the start of the walk.

Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka

Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Lake Wanaka
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Lake Wanaka panorama from the summit of Rocky Mountain (775m).
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
A panorama west. 
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Heading back down.
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
I liked all the lumpy topography and patchwork of clouds in this shot.
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Sophia looking up at Mt Aspiring.
Rocky Mountain - Diamond Lake Circuit, Wanaka
Another look at that lumpy topography.

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Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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