Mount Kaukau, Wellington

4.7
#4 of 19 in Nature in Wellington
Climb up to the most visible high point in the scenery surrounding Wellington at Mount Kaukau (also known, in Maori, as Tarikaka). The summit stands 445 m (1,460 ft) above sea level and offers clear, panoramic views of the city, the harbor, and the Rimutaka and Tararua mountain ranges. Wellington's main television tower tops the peak, its idiosyncratic structure making it both a physical and developmental landmark. The walk to the top takes around an hour and involves a steep incline in places. However, the well-maintained trail has an abundance of seating areas and rest points, making the walk suitable for all the family. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Wellington holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mount Kaukau and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Sometimes had to park near the start of a well travelled walk to the view point at the top f mount karakul. Well worth it’s!  more »
  • Mt Kaukau offers splendid 360 degree views near Wellington. A climb to the 445m summit takes around 45 minutes at a reasonable pace and is well worth the effort! From the top, one is greeted with view...  more »
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  • 30 min bike ride to the top starting for the end of McLintosh street in Johnsonville on the skyline trail. Starts off in farmland on a narrow track then moves into the hills to a wider sometimes steeper track. Awesome 360 degree views from the top and a fun ride back down!
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