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Wanaka Skyline Trail, Otago

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Wanaka Skyline TrailIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)


Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

5:00 (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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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!

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Features of interest

Amazing views of Wanaka and surrounding mountain ranges.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 8%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 8%

Easy Single Track: 35%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Gravel Road: 4%

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Roy's Peak

Roy's Peak

Length: 15.50km


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  • Access

    The start of the track is well signposted and is located at Roy's Peak Car Park off Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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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