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Mount Kaukau

Simla Crescent | Khandallah, Wellington 6004, New Zealand
+64 4-802 4860
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Steep but rewarding

There's a few approaches to the top of Kaukau, all get steep and sometime s slippery so dress... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
Awesome walk

My friend suggested we went for a walk - on a beautiful fresh sunny day well worth it for the views... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Northland Region, New Zealand
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Simla Crescent | Khandallah, Wellington 6004, New Zealand
+64 4-802 4860
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a few approaches to the top of Kaukau, all get steep and sometime s slippery so dress appropriately. Probably the easiest is from Broadmeadows as you can drive up most of the height of the hill. You'll see all kinds of folks at the...More

Thank richardparry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend suggested we went for a walk - on a beautiful fresh sunny day well worth it for the views at the top - can be a little muddy in places where the light doesn't get through the trees. Some fitness required - is...More

Thank 23lizard23
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Mount Kaukau is a nice walk just outside of the Wellington CBD. It offers nice views of the city after the walk. I recommend visiting on a dry sunny day, as the track can get all muddy just after the rains. I strongly recommend this...More

1  Thank Blitzkrieg3
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Steepish walk uphill from the station, for up to an hour. Great views. Can be included in longer day walks, such as to Johnson's hill in Karori. Avoid in bad weather - exposed.

Thank David G
Reviewed 21 May 2017

There are several tracks leading to the summit. Most are straight up, steep and short but the one starting at the end of the Old Coach Road has an easier gradient but is a bit longer. There's a track to suit everyone's ability. From the...More

Thank natleamy
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

You have to go up here whilst in Wellington. Great views of the city and rolling hills. The walk isn't challenging, just well built steps up and up.

Thank Warren S
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I love the views once you reach the top of Mount Kaukau. This is a steep, uphill walk up a number of steps but will take you less than 1 hour. A great walk for a city lighting the great variety and diversity in Wellington...More

Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The highest point in the immediate Wellington area, it is readily accessed from well graded walking trails leading from public transport routes. For example enter from the Crofton Downs or Awarua stations, walk along the ridge to the summit and descend via the Khandallah or...More

Thank machik0p
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

A great walk up to the summit, can be a bit of work the first couple of times but worth it. Walking amongst beautiful forest, mountain streams and listening to beautiful song birds, is an experience. The walk is cool due to plenty of shade...More

Thank 01Zeus
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Mount Kaukau is a good above Wellington city, it takes approximately an hour from the car park to the lookout at the top and is a fairly steep climb comprising of sloped track and stairs. You'll need good footwear, and the useful stuff like sun...More

1  Thank Rebekah F
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31 January 2016|
Response from AnnaS1016 | Reviewed this property |
Simla Cres gives a view of the wind turbines. Truscott Ave is closer to a railway station
31 January 2016|
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Response from RayC888 | Reviewed this property |
You're not likely to see any sheep or cattle until you reach the summit as the way you're planning on walking up is too dense and no grazing spots. Just remember to close any gates you come across to stop them wandering off... More