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Extended Skyline, Wellington

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Extended SkylineBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Stephen Bates

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Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

5.00 (Slow)
4.00 (Moderate)
3.00 (Fast)



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From the car park, enter the Colonial Knob Walkway and follow the path to the left up the approx. 706 stairs. From here join the 4WD track to the Colonial Knob summit. Follow the sign for Mt. Kaukau down the single track following the blue posts and signs toward Spicer Forest. Go over the steps and enter the single track through Spicer Forset until following the yellow circle markers.

Keep following the single track down until you join Ohario Valley Road. Turn left onto the road and follow the road along till you reach the crossroads. Go straight over onto Rifle Range Road and keep going straight on to the end of the road. Here you will join Old Coach Road 4WD track and start the asscent up Mt. Kaukau. Follow signs for the Northern Walkway or Mt. Kaukau summit until you reach the TV antena / lookout. Here you join the Skyline Walkway and follow the blue signs along the ridge towards Wellington City and Karori. From here the main route is clearly signposted. Follow the skyline track either to the end or branch off early down towards Karori Park.

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Features of interest

Good lookout points from the top of Colonial Knob and Mount KauKau.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Sealed Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Start of Colonial Knob walkway at Camp Elsdon car park just off Rahia Street, Porirua

    About 10 parking spaces at Camp Elsdon covered by CCT cameras. More parking available on Rahia Street. Porirua train station approx. 2km away

    11 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    In Spicer Forest it is easy to come off the single track and onto the landfill road. This is noticed by a short climb up to the road. Either you can turn left here and follow the road down or turn back and approx. 50m you will notice a turn off marked by a yellow circle on a tree. The Skyline Track also has several paths off but these are signposted.

    Generally good.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No water available

    Can be muddy after rain and very exposed to the wind

    The road from the bottom of Spicer Forest to the end of Rifle Range Rd you are running on roads with little space for runners. The road is generally quiet but keep an eye out for vehicles.

  • Post run indulgence

    Karori Park Cafe
    Karori Park
    Close to the finish

    One Fat Bird
    162 Karori Rd, Karori
    Good drink and food selections

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