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Mount Kaukau Loop, Wellington

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Mount Kaukau LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

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Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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Follow the Northern Walkway up to the top of Mount Kaukau. There are signs and a picnic table at the top. Take some time out to enjoy the views of Wellington. At the top turn right and follow the Northern Walkway as it becomes Skyline Walkway.

Continue along either the 4wd track or the e-bike/mountain bike track towards signs for Sirsi Terrace, then instead of turning towards the Sirsi Terrace entrance, continue down the steep track through pines, to the playground area (near the pool). There a are couple of options for returning to the start but this route heads towards the Summit Track then turns left up a steep trail and follows signs towards Simla Cres.

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Features of interest

Mount Kaukau is an iconic Wellington run/hike with stunning views of the city.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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  • Access

    Simla Crescent, Khandallah. The entrance is signposted.

    There are a couple of parks at the entrance, plus plenty of street parking. The trail is located very close to the Simla Crescent Railway Station.

    7 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    I've occasionally missed the turnoff to go back down to Khandallah Park and headed further along Skyline. Watch out for signs for Sirsi Terrace as a guide to get you to Khandallah Park/ the pool area, but you don't actually want to exit at Sirsi.

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    According to Wellington City Council maps the closest drinking fountain is at Nairnville Park. There are public toilets near Khandallah Pool.

    Can be very windy at the top. The downhill section can get very slippery after rain.

    I've experienced low cloud that makes it very difficult to see with a headlamp at night.
    Stock at the top / along Skyline. Watch out for tree roots coming down the hill.
    Keep an eye out for mountain bikers / e-bikers.

  • Post run indulgence

    G.A.S Ngaio
    49 Ottawa Road, Ngaio
    They do a lovely takeaway coffee and have yummy baked goods.

    Dunshea's Deli
    7 Burma Road, Khandallah
    Nice food and coffee.

    Cafe Du Parc
    43a Woodmancote Road, Khandallah
    Very close to the trail!

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