12 runs for Christmas: #11 Skyline Route via Mt Roy track

Christmas running in Wanaka, New Zealand

This is a challenging run and is not what i would recommend for beginners. It is 19km from Aspiring Rd to Cardrona Valley Rd (spotts Creek) and begins with the track to Roys Peak. Dont think Roys peak is the end of the climbing, from Roys peak, follow the ridge line to one last climb over Mt Alpha. From here you descend through snow tussock to a 4WD track. Then follow the poled route beside Spotts Creek to the Cardrona Road, 10 km from Wanaka township.

Allow between 4-5 hours if running and take enough food & water for the whole trip as there is no water untill you get to spotts creek. I have never walked this but DOC estimate 10-11 hours if tramping.

If running, don't forget to stop once in a while to take in the magic views - some of the best in New Zealand!

This track is prone to low cloud and is not recommended in poor weather or during the winter.

This track crosses private land. Please respect the landowner’s property and livestock - no dogs or bikes.

The access via Roys Peak Track is closed for lambing from the 1 October - 10 November inclusive.

Note; For more up to date info and weather conditions on this track head into the DOC office in Wanaka