Roys Peak – definitely the most popular hike around Wanaka. Mountain dominating town’s landscape. Every year number of tourists taking that hike is growing. We slowly can talk about the siege. No wonder, the view from the top is amazing. You overlook the Southern Alps and its closest part – Mt Aspiring National Park, Lake Wanaka and adhering to its waters Wanaka’s township.
To be able to enjoy that beauty you can pick from two walking tracks. The first option – Roys Peak Track – is shorter (4-5hours) and more crowded. Till today I remember that after living for a while in Wanaka I looked at that ridge with Roys Peak and I thought that it would be so cool to hike. Few days later I foud online Skyline Track. Second option to reach Roys Peak. It’s longer (10-11 hours, 23km), but not as crowdy, in fact, chances you will see another human being are very narrow.
Skyline Track begins in Cardrona Valley, about 10km from Wanaka’s township. The track is on the private farm, dominated by sheep. Because of sheep, the track is closed between 1 October and 10 November… this is when fresh sheep pop up 🙂 Most of the hike follows the ridge line. It’s not very exposed, the track is nice and wide. Skyline’s advantage is not only peace and quiet, but also track’s diversity. You have trees, streams which you won’t find on Roys Peak Track. The track itself also doesn’t climb as aggressively. The goal is the same though – Roys Peak and its incredible view from the top. If you don’t want to go back the same way, you can always take Roys Peak Track down. The only pain in the ass is transport logistics. There is 16km distance between both ends.