Walking tracks

Walking tracks in Ngaio and Crofton Downs

Ngaio and Crofton Downs have many walking tracks of varying length and difficulty.

Skyline Walkway

Part of this walkway runs north-south along the ridge between Mt Kaukau and Chartwell. It is four kilometres long and takes around two hours at an easy pace. On a clear day there are spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington city and harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges. With Bell’s Track, it is part of the Te Araroa national walking track.

The Skyline is open to walkers and mountain bikers. It can be accessed via:

  • Bell’s Track at the end of Awarua St (no bikes)
  • The carpark at the end of Chartwell Drive
  • Truscott Park in Johnsonville
  • Sirsi Tce in Broadmeadows
  • Khandallah Park via Mt Kaukau

Bell’s Track

The track begins at the top of Awarua St and continues to the Skyline Walkway. The top of the track gives fantastic views of Wellington and the South Island.

Trelissick Park

Waikowhai Street to Wadestown

Begin at the Waikowhai St entrance to the park, by the railway overbridge. The track descends to Wightwick’s Field, a flat grassed area with a picnic table and seats. It then follows the Korimako Stream before ending at Hanover St in Wadestown.

Lower Ngaio Gorge Road

A track to lower Ngaio Gorge road branches off the Waikowhai to Wadestown track at the Wadestown end, near the bridge.

Upper Ngaio Gorge Road

Past the lower Ngaio Gorge track, heading away from Wadestown, there is another track branching off and running around the steep hillside to upper Ngaio Gorge Road. This is a very steep track and requires care.

Piwakawaka Track (Odell Reserve)

Accessed from alongside 14 Punjab St, or Old Porirua Rd by the entrance to the Harbour Lights subdivision. The track passes through regenerating bush and its highest point, by the water tanks, provides spectacular views of the harbour, city and Ngaio. It is an excellent viewing point for Guy Fawkes fireworks.

Huntleigh Park Reserve

The reserve is in Crofton Downs, between Silverstream Rd and Huntleigh Park Way. Access is from behind the Playcentre in Silverstream Rd or alongside 29 Huntleigh Park Way. There are two main tracks, marked with small coloured posts. Care is needed as some parts are quite steep.

Orleans Makererua Reserve (Pukatea Track)

The track runs through the reserve from Makererua Street (off Heke Street) to Orleans Street (0ff Chelmsford Street). There is a sloping grassed area at the Orleans Street end. The reserve contains remnants of the native bush which originally covered Ngaio, including pukatea, kahikatea and titoki trees.

Heke Reserve

The reserve can be accessed from Heke St, Collingwood St, and Thatcher Crescent. A track just above the railway line goes from the end of Collingwood St in Ngaio, to Thatcher Crescent in Crofton Downs. A side track goes up to Heke St.

Silversky Track

This is a well-graded walking and biking track from Downing Street up towards the Crofton Downs transformers. From there you can follow a track to the Skyline Walkway or head to the end of Chartwell Drive. A later section connects Downing St with Silverstream Road. Access is from the top of the ROW at the end of Downing Street or the top of the ROW at the end of Silverstream Road.

Chartwell Reserve

The Green Belters restoration group is developing a delightful picnic area at the entrance to Chartwell Reserve near the top of Chartwell Drive. From there you can walk to Otari Wilton’s Bush or the Skyline Walkway passing beehives and a horse paddock on the way.

Access is near the top of Chartwell Drive, on the left, just at the point where it narrows to 1.5 lanes.

Otari-Wilton’s Bush

A sanctuary in nearby Wilton, dedicated to indigenous plants, this is one of New Zealand’s finest showcases of native flora. It is accessible from Churchill Drive, Wilton Rd, or John Witton Drive. It includes forest, gardens, open spaces and picnic areas.

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