• Walking
  • Dog Friendly

This section of Te Araroa follows the Wellington 'Skyline Track' then Bells Track to Ngaio (suburb).

From Ngaio the route follows Wellington City Council's 'Northern Walkway' through Trelissick Park, over Te Ahumairangi Hill (Tinakori) and through Wellington Botanic Gardens, ending at the top Terminus of the Wellington Cable Car.

There are exits to Wellington suburban shops and city transport from Mt Kaukau (Khandallah), Ngaio and Wadestown. 

From Mt Kaukau viewing platform head south/west down Skyline Track. In 30 minutes, turn sharp left (south) down steep Bell's Track to Awarua Street for approximately 1km.

200m before the bottom of Awarua Street turn right into Cummings Park. Exit the park at Ngaio Library, turning right down Ottawa Road (joins Northern Walkway)

Follow Ottawa Road to the roundabout and continue straight into Waikowhai Road. After roundabout use pedestrian crossing and keep to footpath. Turn hard left down into bush clad Trelissick Park (before suburban rail underpass).

Soon after 'Wrightwicks Field' leave the Northern Walkway and follow Te Araroa signs along the valley floor. After the river gorge turn hard right to rejoin the Northern Walkway up a steep track to Hanover Street. At top of Hanover Street turn left into Wadestown Road. Cross Wadestown Road at bus toilets, go up steps to Weld Street.

Head up Weld Street, cross Margaret and Wade Streets. Near the top of Weld Street turn sharp left (east) into Te Ahumairangi Park (previously "Tinakori Hill") on a gravel vehicle track. Follow Northern Walkway around side of hill with city views to St Mary Street.

At the lower end of St Mary Street, leave Northern Walkway and turn right up Tinakori Road for 300m. Cross over Tinakori Road at pedestrian crossing and enter Wellington Botanic Garden through the 'Founders Gate'. Follow Te Araroa signs through the Gardens uphill to the Cable Car Terminal.


Potential Hazards:

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Farming operations
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold High winds and rain are common on Skyline Track

Dogs on leash only

How to get here

Northern Start: Mt Kaukau, Wellington
Southern End: Cable Car Terminus, Wellington Botanic Gardens

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Te Araroa Wellington trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying

Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Jan 5, 2021, 2:51 PM