Last Updated: 8th Jun 2024

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Wanaka Skyline Trail

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 8th Jun 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 39 ?

Gnarl Factor: 32 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.0%


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Starting from the Roy's Peak carpark it is a good slog up the hill on the well formed track all the way to Roy's Peak. Once at the top - stop for the views and make sure you take some photos - it is then an amazing ridge run along to Mt Alpha. Some awesome running up to the top of Alpha and then it is down the fram track in to Spotts Creek. The track follows the creek most of the way out to Cardrona Valley Rd where there is another carpark that you can be picked up from - or just run back in to town!

This trail includes the peaks Mount Alpha and Roys Peak.

Amazing views of Wanaka and surrounding mountain ranges.

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Located at Roy's Peak Car Park off Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd.
Could pay to get there early to get a good spot.

7 km

7 minutes




Mostly obvious, however I still managed to get lost last time I did it...
As you go along Spotts Creek heading towards the Cardrona Valley Rd exit, about 21.4km into the run the track deviates from the farm track you have been following for ages. If you start heading up hill, you have gone too far.


Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

No water available along route.

Plenty of snow up on top during winter, make sure you are well prepared if you plan to tackle it then.
Can be very windy up on top and change quickly even on a nice day, so make sure you carry plenty of gear even during nice times.

There is one section along the ridge between Roy & Alpha that is quite precarious and a slip could have dire consequences. Take extreme care.

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Trail Reviews

Definitely one of the most rewarding trails in the region -- views views views! I like starting from Spotts Creek and finishing at Roys Peak carpark, as you get the most views of Tititea / Mt Aspiring!

Sierra Alef-Defoe

September 28, 2023

If you’re visiting Wanaka from out of town - do this run! Did it today (early May) and it was a gorgeous calm 18 degree day, not a trace of snow to be seen. (Can’t imagine it on a hot summers day.) Views went on forever. Didn’t see a soul after Roy’s Peak. If like me you don’t have a car shuttle / driver, you can definitely hitch.

Matt Halverson

May 5, 2022

Holy moly. Did this in April and it was the most advanced run I personally had done. The snow was incredible... wish I had my micro spikes (that I later purchased) for a bit though. So incredible being up there. Grateful for the tracks the someone had made before me. Made for easy navigation.

Alice Brice

September 20, 2021

Sooo good, steady climbing a first, then a sharp down and up to Alpha summit before pounding down the farm track back to the carpark. Awesome views along the way to reward your efforts.

Aaron Campbell

April 24, 2021

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