We love Mount Kaukau! It's one of our favourite spots in Wellington and Willow and Josh are lucky enough to live next to one of the track entrances so it's their local walking spot.
Mount Kaukau is situated above Khandallah and is part of the Northern Walkway. It offers amazing panoramic views of Wellington, from the Harbour to around over Makara and to the South Island.
There are a number of tracks which lead through bush and to the summit lookout 445 metres above sea level, most taking between 40 minute to an hour and steep in places. But don’t worry the hike is well worth it and there are rest spots along the way if the climb is too much.
The entry points to Mount Kaukau begin at Woodmancote Road and Simla Crescent in Khandallah, Sirsi Terrace in Broadmeadows, and Truscott Avenue in Johnsonville.
Make sure to be cautious at the summit as there is farmland which may be occupied at times by lambs or other livestock so pups should be onlead. There is an offlead trial going up from Sirsi Terrace in Broadmeadows.
Tip: We highly recommend sunset walks in this spot as the light, golden grass and views are supreme in the last light of the day.