We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount Kaukau

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Simla Crescent | Khandallah, Wellington 6004, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 0(4) 802 4860
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 142 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 101
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Clear day rewards -spectacular views

There's different approaches that I regularly take up Mt KauKau. You can either go via woodman cote road, where there is a car park, cafe, playground and swimming pool open in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
CPWgtn
,
Wellington, New Zealand

Similar Things to Do in Wellington

Add Photo Write a Review

142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There's different approaches that I regularly take up Mt KauKau. You can either go via woodman cote road, where there is a car park, cafe, playground and swimming pool open in the summer. Or you can enter via Clark St or Simla crescent. There are steps in places and if you have someone who isn't sure of their footing, bring... More 

Helpful?
Thank CPWgtn
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
228 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was lucky to visit Wellington recently over an amazing stretch of fine weather. The views from Mt Kaukau were stunning - the Marlborough Sounds looked close enough to touch. We took 45 min up and then carried on south for 2 hr along the Te Araroa Trail and descended through Otari-Wilton bush. A car shuttle (or obliging friend) is... More 

Helpful?
Thank zhuhai2007
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The way up is a really tough one. The main way uses stairs that never seem to end, but you can take an other way, much more interesting and beautiful by starting in Otari Wilton's Bush. From Otari Wilton's Bush (which is a very nice forest park, by the way) take the Blue Trail and approx mid way, you can... More 

Helpful?
Thank MathildeP21
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you are in the neighbourhood of Wellington and you have a reasonable fitness, walk of Mt Kau Kau. It is part of the Northern Walkway. There are several starting points. We always take the starting point at Simla Cresent. Easy when you come out of town by train. ( take the johnsonville train ) It is a 40 minute... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Bea T
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
336 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went up here with neighbours who said they'd lived in Broadmeadows for 20 years but had never been up here despite it being right on their doorstep! We started from Sirsi Crescent in Broadmeadows so it's already part of the way up. The walk really only steep at the beginning of the walk up a slope about fifty metres... More 

Helpful?
Thank RayC888
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Legit my fav walk - when I was fitter, i'd run it! Lots of people and dogs head up - also lots of children. So it's walk for everyone! People are generally polite and move to the side. There is a cafe down the bottom, and the Khandallah swimming pool is open during the summer down the bottom too. Just... More 

Helpful?
Thank K M
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
317 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This walk is approx 45 mins uphill, there are a number of steps to climb but many lovely views overlooking Wellington along the way. The view from the top is worth all the steps, it's a 360 degree view. Take your time and also a water bottle and enjoy the amazing views. Plenty of car parking at all entry points.

Helpful?
Thank A P
Level Contributor
224 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic walk to the top! Nice, steep and challenging. Beautiful through the bush, with some parts open to the sky. The view from the top is spectacular, especially when the sun is out and no wind like today. Definitely bring your water bottle and camera, even a picnic at the top would make the trip absolutely lovely. Took... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Tania W
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

You can start on Huntleigh park way and go up Crows nest. This will then link onto the skyline track which takes you to Mount Kaukau summit. Once at top of Crows nest you can see all the wind turbines. Definitely one of my favourite runs to do, but not for the faint-hearted! About 90min round trip ;) You will... More 

Helpful?
Thank georgianak19
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
125 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Really enjoyed our 8am walk - took about 1.5 hours return. A pleasant hilly walk and then great views from the top. Well worth it, enjoyed it more than Mt Victoria.

Helpful?
1 Thank Peter_Clare_50

Travelers who viewed Mount Kaukau also viewed

Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 

Been to Mount Kaukau? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Mount Kaukau and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Mount Kaukau staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?