The undoubted highlight of the walk is the extensive views from the summit of Mount Kaukau (430 metres). The wind howls through the 120 metre-high TV mast and sounds like crashing ocean waves. The views reach to the Porirua Basin, Marlborough Sounds, the City and harbour.
The start of the Northern Walkway is from the end of the Upland Road entrance to the Botanic Gardens.
It concludes at Johnsonville Park, although if you decide to return by train, continue to Raroa Station.
Visit https://wellington.govt.nz/recreation/enjoy-the-outdoors/walks-and-walkways/beyond-the-city/northern-walkway for a downloadable map.
After winding through the Botanic Gardens, the track traverses Tinakori Hill and descends to Wadestown and Ngaio.
Following the Kaiwharawhara Stream and gully of Trelissick Park, it then uses roadside footpaths to Khandallah Park and the start of the climb to the summit of Mount Kaukau. The descent to Johnsonville Park and Johnsonville concludes the walk.
The Botanic Gardens and the Sundial of Human Involvement should be lingered over.
Tinakori Hill is a landmark seen from many other Wellington high points and commands extensive views, especially from its northern side. Watch for the section that passes under the ecclesiastical arches of drooping branches.
Trelissick Park and the shaded section alongside the Kaiwharawhara Stream seem curiously removed from their urban setting
North Island ▷ Wellington Region ▷ Wellington
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