Mt Royal

  • 1 day return by the same track
  • Easy/medium

Park at camp ground, walk Quartz Creek to track start, follow spur up to saddle, then above the tree line to the top. You can continue on to Wakamarina Roadend instead of returning (this track description assumes a return). Views of Mt Fishtail, Mt Richmond, Mt Taranaki, Wairau Valley, Mt Arthur, etc. Classed as a route, but regular markers in bush - no poled route above the treeline.

Mt Royal at dawn • By MistaB.
Mt Royal: Key information
Walking time
1 day
7 hr – 9 hr
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Great first walk/climb. Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Mt Royal: Find it
At the old hut camping ground, off Bartlett's Rd
At the summit
220m – 1,365m
Altitude change 1,145m
Mt Royal: More information

No need for special gear, but occasionally do need your hands to get further.  4x4 track to base of spur no longer accessible due to '09 floods.  (update: On July 2014 was able to make it about a kilometer along the 4x4 track, quite rough, including sections driving along the creek bed itself. Process was blocked by deep ford.) 

Park at camp ground where the hut used to be (Still on topo however).  From there 3.7km to track start along and through the creek - you may want to use sneakers for that bit.  At track end, throw on the good socks and it's not quite a walk, not quite a climb until you get to about 1100m through nice lush beech.  Some decent view of the target and surrounds along the way.  Say "hi" to the Weka and the goats on the way up until you turn towards Mt Royal and walk along the saddle - great looking highland beech forest here.  When you get near the bushline (1260m) and final ascent, there is a decent clearing suitable for camping.  The final short scramble up amongst the plants and scree get you to the cairn and a view of the other possible climbs near you!  Turn back as you came, or continue on to the Wakamarina Roadend (DOC time 10 hours from camp ground to roadend).  No water anywhere on the way up.

ID 4765

About this track

Added 2 December 2009 by MistaBMistaB. 4 revisions, most recently 31 July 2014 by militarismilitaris.
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