New Zealand: Mount Aspiring National Park a hidden gem

After a chilled breakfast at Lake Wanaka we said goodbye to this beautiful area and started our drive to the Mount Aspiring National Park. Which was a recommendation of locals that we met the day before in Arrowtown.

The road to the Raspberry Flat Carpark starts as a paved street but it turns fast into a gravel road.

The gravel road was not too challenging to drive with a front wheel drive, but it took us around two hours to drive to the carpark. First of all the view is amazing. You can not help, but stop from time to time to enjoy the amazing view. Second, there were small river crossings included. We struggled a bit if we want to take the risk with the rental car but as we saw others doing it we followed them.

Starting at the car park you have several options for hiking. The paths are well-marked. We only did the beginning of the Rob Roy Glacier hike, which begins at the car park. After hiking 15 minutes you will reach the Matukituki bridge were the trail officially begins.

If you plan to hike in the area or only go there for the nice view, this place is totally recommendable. But please be aware that this is off the beaten path and with that the infrastructure is not the best. Even that we saw camper vans at the car park – which I do not understand how they even got there – the road to get to this place has some challenges.

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