Mt Kaukau on-leash walk

Quick Info

  • A hill walk
  • Flat areas at the bottom of the hill, with a cafe, and in summer a free open-air swimming pool.
  • Various tracks, mainly with reasonably wide, formed surfaces. Steps, rocks and tree roots are abundant.
  • Many parking spaces in the off-street carpark at the Woodmanscote Street entrance.
  • Children’s playground at the Woodmanscote Street entrance.
  • Cafe at the Woodmanscote Street entrance.
  • In summer: free open-air pool at the Woodmanscote Street entrance.
  • Toilets at the Woodmanscote Street entrance.

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Info
  2. Access
  3. Facilities
  4. Description
  5. Terrain
  6. Delights
  7. Dangers
  8. Cautions
  9. Road access
  10. Location
  11. Map
  12. Photo album

Access for wheelchairs, and pushchairs

  • The route from Woodmanscote Street and back via Simla Crescent is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. The tracks can be quite steep and the paths are formed on rocks, with many tree roots. There are many steps.


  • Rubbish bins: yes — in various locations at the bottom
  • Toilets: yes, by the cafe
  • Seats: yes — in various locations at the bottom and top, with a few along the route.
  • Lighting at night: no.


Mt Kaukau summit is 445 metres above sea level. The hill lies between Johnsonville and Khandallah, and is the site of Wellington’s main television transmitter tower.

Mt Kaukau in Wellington.

Mt Kaukau in Wellington.

Mt Kaukau is on the Northern Walkway. Dogs must be on the leash at all times. Be especially cautious around the farmland area at the top, as lambing takes place between August and October.

Entrances to the Walkway are located at Woodmanscote Street, Simla Crescent, Truscott Avenue, Upland Road and perhaps other locations.

Kaukau Peg is the highest accessible summit of Mt Kaukau, home to Wellington’s TV transmitter tower. The walk to Kaukau Peg is an easy (though at times steep) walk along good paths, farmland, and well travelled tracks. This walk passes through some fine native New Zealand forest, and is only minutes from Wellington’s CBD. There are excellent views from the summit lookout, plenty of seating along the way, and an opportunity for a swim and snack at the end of the walk.

[Via : Walking New Zealand’s Mountains – Kaukau Peg – Tramping & Hiking NZ – Peak Bagging New Zealand.]

We visited in August 2009 on a fine, calm day. The tracks were slightly muddy in places, but not bad.

This was a great walk on a calm and moderately warm spring day. The path progresses steadily up the hill, with a few seats along the way, and several spots where there are views over Wellington.

Once you reach the open land at the top of the hill there are stunning 360° views, including Wellington and Harbour, the South Island, and the Makara wind farm. There are also a couple of picnic tables, and a wooden lookout platform. Signs point to further tracks in several directions.

The tracks are well signposted and easy to follow.


  • On a hill.
  • Formed paths.
  • Water: various streams.


  • Spectacular views, especially higher up the hill.
  • Birdlife on the lower slopes.
  • Trees and bush.


  • The Council’s pest poisoning programme.
  • Possibly muddy, slippery paths.


  • Keep your dog on the leash at all times, especially during lambing season.

Road access

Access by road or foot is easy from numerous locations, and there is plenty of parking it Woodmanscote Street. If you can help us with further details please leave a comment below.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: +174° 46′ 47.39″ (174.779831)
  • Longitude: -41° 14′ 2.82″ (-41.234117)


See [Mt Kaukau on Google Maps.]