The aptly-named Skyline Walkway commands impressive views both east and west. The interesting views from the observation platform at Mount Kaukau show and angle of the city and harbour not often seen in photographs.
On days when the weather is changeable, you can watch the showers march across Cook Strait, or release their load over the Marlborough Sounds (before reaching Wellington).
The eroded peneplain remnants and pastoral scenes of the Oharui Valley, provide the green foreground to the steely blue Tasman Sea.
Be very wary of forceful wind gusts. This is an extremely exposed ridge and bears the brunt of the weather’s fury.
The main starting point is from the end of Chartwell Drive in Crofton Downs (although a more minor access way is from Awarua Street in Ngaio). Other tracks that link with the main walkway leave from Simla Crescent in Broadmeadows or Woodmancote Road in Khandallah Park.
Visit https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/maps/files/skyline.pdf to download the map and brochure.
From the end of Chartwell Drive, the track passes through a farm gate to an information board (5 minutes), before passing the remnants of an old stockyard. It sidles the southern edge of a large scrub-filled bowl to the ridgeline (45 minutes).
The wind will likely be your welcome to the top, from where the vast panorama opens up. Marker poles begin before the junction with Bells Track (10 minutes to Awarua Street) and continue over the very exposed ridge to below Mount Kaukau (45 minutes).
Maori knew the route as Te Wharangi and used the undulating ridgeline (300-350 metres) as a communications route.
Today the 120 metre-high TV transmitter of Mount Kaukau dominates the skyline.
North Island ▷ Wellington Region ▷ Wellington
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