This challenging tramp begins with the track to Roys Peak (1578m). From the peak, follow the ridgeline towards Mt Alpha (1630m). A short narrow section of track around rocks before the climb to the highest point has a steep drop off on one side and requires care when crossing.
From Mt Alpha the track descends through snow tussock to a 4WD farm track before reaching a signed junction. A poled track from this junction drops down into Spotts Creek then out to the Cardrona Valley Road and car park. Though this description has the track starting with Roys Peak Track, the Skyline Track can be walked in either direction.
The track starts at the Roys Peak Track carpark on the Mt Aspiring road, 6 km from the Wanaka township. It ends on the Cardrona Valley Road,10 km from Wanaka township (look for a small carpark next to a deer fence at Spotts Creek).
Know before you go
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.
This track is prone to low cloud and is not recommended in poor weather or during the winter.
There is no water or shade along the majority of this track.
Safari hunting takes place on Spotts Creek Station. Be alert and stay visible, especially during the March to May roar.
Access from Spotts Creek crosses private land, firearms are not permitted on this track.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary.
No camping until the conservation area boundary.
Responsible camping practices are essential if camping in this area. Be responsible with your waste (including human). Carry in, carry out. Leave no trace. There is no water supply or toilet facilities in the conservation area.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.