Full Wellington Skyline Trail Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by David Haunschmidt
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Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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Very well signposted trail heads at Old Coach Road in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle in Karori with purple markers to follow throughout the trail.
Main peaks easily visible along the skyline. There are many entry and exit points along the way. There are no toilet or water facilities along this walkway.
Directional signage and purple markers to keep you on track for the entire route. There can be animal grazing in the area.
Please leave gates as you find them. Dogs to be kept on a leash at all times while using this track. Unleashed dogs may frighten stock or ground nesting birds.
Features of interest
This dual-use track runs north and south along the ridge between Old Coach Road in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle in Karori, over Wellington's ridge tops above the Outer Green Belt, including Mākara Peak, Mount Kaukau, The Crows Nest, Kilmister Tops, and Johnston Hill.
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. On a clear day, views of the Kaikoura ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington city and harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 5%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 65%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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Old Coach Road, Johnsonville - Offical Skyline Walkway Trailhead. Alternatively can start at Makara Saddle in Karori.
Free parking at trailhead or on street.
Just follow the purple markers.
Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water fill ups or adequate streams along the route.
Exposed to Wellington wind. Can be muddy after rain.
Post run indulgence
The Pickle Jar
The Pickle Jar, 5 Parkvale Road, Karori, Wellington 6012
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