Mount Kaukau, Wellington
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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. See Mount Kaukau and all Wellington has to offer by arranging your trip with our Wellington vacation builder.
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  • This is my local "top bush walk" and I do it 2 - 3 times a week. Many locals do, and most of the time there is a handful of others on the walk up or back, regardless what time of the day or week... Th...  more »
  • This walk is amazing. I do it for fitness purposes, but nothing beats that view at the top. On a nice day, I can sit there for hours just looking around Wellington and out to the Hutt Valley. If you a...  more »
  • We visited Mt KauKau for a lovely walk. Its a decent climb up, but the views at the top are wonderful. Great for fresh air and to get that heart pumping. Worth the walk to see the beautiful city from ...  more »