The Rob Roy Glacier Trek
Turn left and head along the glistening Lake Wanaka, turn right at the bottom of Mount Roy and follow the road towards the peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Pass Glendu Bay as families enjoy the last joys of spring.
Carry on the dirt road passing the entrance to Treble Cone Ski Resort; continue over the fords flowing with glacier melt.
Turn left into the Raspberry Flat car park and walk towards the river avoiding the grazing cows.
Cross the West Matukituki River using the rope bridge, stopping in the middle to gaze over the edge at the rocks below and pose for obligatory photo opp.
Step off the bridge and check your boots are tight, backpack secure, enter the woods and start your ascent.
Follow the river up, watching your step over the exposed roots, steadily climb higher.
Hear the low rumbling, look to the sky and see no thunderclouds.
Come to a giant boulder teetering on its axis and pray it doesn’t slip as you are walking underneath it, while noticing the river 200 metres below thundering by.
Pass the Kea keeping a close eye on your lunch.
Head out of the woods and spot the first waterfall cascade off the mountain.
Only a few more steps to go before you see the sun reflect off the Mount Roy glacier.
Again hear the rumbling and see the glacier crack under the weight of the shifting ice.
Sit down, untie your boots, rest your weary feet and watch the show, you have made it.