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Mount Kaukau

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Address: Simla Crescent | Khandallah, Wellington 6004, New Zealand
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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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alipa50
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 city.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Johnsonville ends, about 1.5 to 2 hours in all. The views depend on the season... More 

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Thank machik0p
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 and the views at top are beautiful. Great for exercise as well

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Thank 01Zeus
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 screen, water, food and a jacket (Wellington is windy, especially on top of a mountain!).... More 

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Omemee, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Many entrances and exits to reach the summit. We started in Box-hill area. Took us about 30 minutes to reach the top. Lots of stairs once you pass about the half way point. It was a warm day and it was a work out to get to the top. A little slick with wet ground and it had not rained... More 

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

If you are going to make the trek up Mt KauKau make sure you have some sensible walking shoes and check the weather forecast as it can change pretty quickly up there with dramatic results! On a calm sunny day the view is sensational - you can see right across Wellington and over to the South Island. The track also... More 

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Thank CandidKiwi
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I love this amountant - it is better that you do the Skyline Walk to this mountain. It is worthit. So beautiful mountain ranges. But it can be a long walk.

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Thank Jai P
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I'm a local to Mt Kaukau, having lived in the area for over 20yrs, and consider it a 'must-do' for anyone living in or visiting Wellington who enjoys a hill walk. The main tracks are well maintained and as easy as a fairly steep uphill walk can be and you can get up and down in about an hour if... More 

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Thank Domichne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Such a fantastic workout - and when you get to the top, wow on a good day that view is just breathtaking. You can see the South Island when it's clear. Lots of walking tracks to choose from

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Thank Nicole G
Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Beautiful views and well worth the huff and puff to get up there - lots of different entry points, but the one from Khandallah pool is easy for tourists. Cant beat it on a good day!

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