Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time

5 hr

Length

12.9km

Uses

Walking/Running, Mountain Biking

Type

Single and double track

Walking difficulty

Intermediate: Easier tramping track

Mountain Bike Grade

Advanced: Grade 4

Profile

900m climb

-517m descent

432m highest point

Dogs

Yes (on lead)

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About the trail

As one of Wellington’s premier trails, The Skyline Walkway makes the perfect adventure on bike or on foot. Bring your stamina and a camera for your journey along the ridge tops above the Outer Green Belt, from Mākara Peak in the south to Mount Kaukau in the north.

The terrain can be challenging and exposed in places with plenty of steep undulations, but you’ll be rewarded with skyward views across the entire Wellington region. You can complete the journey in both directions — just be prepared to set aside at least a half day.

Three people and a dog walking at the Skyline Walkway summit of Mount Kaukau / Tarikākā.

If beginning the trail in the north at Johnsonville, you can take a bus to Cortina Avenue and walk to Old Coach Road.

If beginning in the south, the buses stop at Karori Road opposite Kaori Park. You’ll need to walk 1km to the beginning of the track.

There are several places in Karori, Khandallah Crofton Downs, Ngaio and Broadmeadows where the track is accessible from suburban streets. It can be completed from either direction or done in stages, as there are many entry and exit points along the way.

A person wears a white shirt and grey jogging pants is walking with their arms raised. They are facing the scenic vista in the background on the Skyline Walkway trail in Wellington.

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