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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  • August 9, 2017
    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 hil...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    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 fit...  more »
  • June 22, 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 ...  more »

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