Skyline walkway

A 12km walk that takes up to 5 hours, but can be completed in stages.

One man jumping on the top of Wrights Hill on a sunny day.


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Our interactive #PeakBragging map has advice and tips on 12 peaks around the city. Most of the walks are suitable for people with average fitness and we've included information on making the hike a bit longer if you're feeling adventurous.

This dual use track runs North and South along the ridge between Old Coach Road in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle in Karori.

Allow up to 5 hours to traverse 12kms of Wellington’s ridge tops following the Outer Green Belt onto Mount Kaukau, the Crow’s Nest, Kilmister Tops and Johnston Hill. Take time to indulge in the stunning rural, city and coastal views along the way. On a clear day, views of the Kaikoura ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington city and harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges will take your breath away.

Please be aware that the route is challenging in areas and weather conditions can be extreme on this very exposed ridgeline. This track can be completed in stages as there are many entry and exit points along the way to plan a safe and enjoyable experience. Reasonable fitness is required for completing the entire trail, it can be strenuous. Warm clothing and stout footwear are essential. Bring lunch and plenty of water. There are no toilet or water facilities along this walkway.

The completion of the track link between Makara Saddle and Chartwell was made possible with the support of Meridian Energy who agreed to grant public access over their Otari property and shared the costs of the track development.

Follow the yellow directional markers along the track.



Skyline Walkway (284KB PDF)

Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the Skyline Walkway.