Otari skyline loop

A 4.5km walk, taking about 2½ hours. Steep and demanding track. This loop walk has a common entry and exit point and is suitable for those with good fitness as it has a steep and demanding track.

Otari Skyline Loop map.


Walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush to the Troup Picnic Area and follow the Blue Trail, Kohekohe Track and Yellow Track back down. The walk features native birds and an 800-year-old rimu tree.

Enter Otari-Wilton’s Bush from the main carpark on Wilton Road. Head to the Information Centre and then down to the Troup Picnic Area. Cross the bridge and head up hill on the Blue Trail. On the upper Blue Trail you will pass the 800-year-old rimu tree. Carry on up the hill.

After a 10-15 minute walk uphill you will come to a wire fence with a stile. Cross the stile into the pine plantation. Walk uphill until you come to a track marker for the Kohekohe Track. Follow this track into the native bush.

After 5-10 minutes this takes you out onto the Skyline Walkway. Head down the 4WD track towards Chartwell and look for a sign on your right that will take you down into the Otari-Wilton’s Bush forest and lead you to the flax clearing. Take the Yellow Trail back to the Troup Picnic Area and head back up the path towards the Information Centre.

Getting there

Catch a number 14 or 47 bus to Otari on Wilton Road.



Otari Skyline Walk Map (1.9MB PDF)

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Dogs must be on leads outside dog exercise areas. Please remember to clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste appropriately.