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Possibly New Zealand’s biggest Instagram celebrity, Roys Peak in Wānaka is instantly recognisable for its spectacular views. 

A popular but challenging day walk, tackling Roys Peak is via a 16-kilometre return track that should take you around six to seven hours.

After a steep climb to the 1,578-metre summit you’ll be rewarded with magnificent vistas over Lake Wānaka, Mount Aspiring and the snowy tops of the Southern Alps, all synonymous with the region’s insta-friendly landscape.

When you drink in the sights of auburn tussock, alpine meadows and the blue hues of Lake Wānaka gleaming in the summer sun, you’ll see why snapping a selfie here is so irresistible. 

Be aware though, the track runs through private farmland, so dogs are not allowed. And, as such a popular walk there is limited parking in peak summer. 

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