Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Chartwell-Skyline Loop

Wellington, Wellington

Submitted by Magnus Edwards

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 29 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.6%


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Impossible to get lost on the first 2 km - from the car park just follow the main 4WD track all the way to the Skyline Ridge track. You can take the sharp hairpin left turn just before the ridge at the pylon and it joins the Skyline track but carry on another 100m or so to the next pylon and take that hairpin left turn - the views are better ans the track is more interesting. Then it's 2.5 km along the ridge until another sharp hairpin left down the farm track through regenerating bush. Follow the track all the way through the horse paddock then a short uphill back to the road and another 300m uphill back to the carpark.

Long slog up to the ridge but great views from the top. Final km or so is through a horse paddock

Space for 10 or so cars at the top, or park on the roadside leading to the car park.

8 km

17 minutes




It's all pretty well sign-posted.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


It can get very windy along the Skyline ridge, and there's no shade from the sun on the first 5km.

It's a popular dog walking track so there are occasional loose dogs that don't like being run past.

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Karen Spencer

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Trail Reviews

Classic Wellington - a good, character-building climb, all the wind and stunning views from the top. There are some fabulous, grassy stretches of trail along the Skyline and you can pause to drink in the feeling of being far from town before a fast finish. Just make sure your hat’s on tight!

Karen Spencer

March 6, 2021

Ran this today as part of a longer loop around the skyline and Karori cemetery. Was surprised how much vertical was on this track but it was mostly runnable. Great views as always from the top of the skyline. And wind. Lots of wind.

Joe Benbow

August 6, 2020

Skyline is your reward for running up the 4 wheel drive track!Dog friendly but keep them on the lead as there are horses and cattle. One horse was leaning on the gate we had to go through and wasnt the least bit worried about Sparky. Can get very windy and cold on the ridge so take an extra layer.

Richele McKenzie

May 23, 2019

What a magic wee run.... a runnable uphill (well mostly for an old bloke like me).... then along the ridge line with views to die for.... gale force winds up there meant I had to be careful but did not detract at all from a great after work run.

Mike Tennent

February 27, 2019

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