Trek through rugged farmland and take in breathtaking views of the city, coastline and distant peaks of the South Island from the Skyline Walkway.
On a clear days you can catch views of the Kaikoura ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington city and harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges.
The walkway runs along the ridgeline between Old Coach Road in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle in Karori, going over Mount Kaukau, and is 12kms one way. We've done the walk a number of times ranging from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours but to be safe you should allow 5 hours.
There are multiple routes onto the track but we suggest starting at Carmichael Street in Johnsonville which is a gradual track onto the ridgeline. If you're planning on doing the whole walk then you'll want to have a car at either end of the track, one at Carmichael Street and the other at Karori Park or Makara Saddle.
It can be very exposed on the ridgeline, to both wind and sun, so be prepared with sunblock, a windbreaker and warm clothing. To make the most of the adventure, take a packed lunch and find a scenic picnic spot.
Bring plenty of water for the pups and make sure they are on lead at all times, especially as there are sheep, cows and plenty of rabbits around!