The walkway starts in Johnsonville and follows the outer Green Belt via Mount Kaukau to the Town Belt in Te Ahumairangi Hill (Tinakori Hill) and the Botanic Garden in Kelburn.
The walkway is 16km long and takes at least 4 hours to complete, but can be done in stages. It's steep in some places, but not difficult overall.
The starting point of the walkway is at the end of Truscott Avenue in Johnsonville or the top of the Cable Car in Upland Road, Kelburn.
Highlights of the walkway include spectacular 360° views of the city, harbour, mountain ranges and the sea, abandoned tunnels, and the city’s oldest reserve.
To get to the northern end of the walkway, take the Johnsonville line train from Wellington to Raroa Station and walk 1.6km to Truscott Avenue (see the map in the brochure or app). Car parking is available at the end of Truscott Avenue.
To get to the southern end of the walkway, take the Cable Car from Lambton Quay to Upland Road. There is limited car parking in Upland Road
You can also walk shorter sections of the walkway:
- catch a No 14 Wilton bus to Weld Street and the northern end of Te Ahumairangi Hill section of the walk and the southern end of the Trelissick Park section
- take train to Simla Crescent station and join the walk there.
For bus and train timetables see the Metlink website.
Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the Northern Walkway.
Dogs must be on leads outside dog exercise areas. Please remember to clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste appropriately.