Johnsonville, Khandallah and Mount Kaukau


Description

Johnsonville has access to the jewel in Wellingtons crown when comes to accessible walking and mountain biking areas in Wellington with Mount Kau Kau and the Skyline walkway.


Links

www.looseleash.co.nz, Wonder Walkers


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Khandallah Park

Khandallah Park This well used park provides the most direct access to the summit of Mount Kaukau and surrounding tracks. Naturally the views from the top are the highlight but the mature bush and dawn birdsong chorus come a close second. The area has lots of tracks so you can easily tailor the loops to your fitness level but keep an eye out for signs lest you get georgraphically embarrassed.








Northern Walkway

Mount Kaukau










The Northern Walkway links a number of tracks and stretches of road to form a walkway between Truscott Av in Johnsonville and the Botanical Gardens in Wellington central. Unusually the track breaks out into civilisation in a few spots around Ngaio and Wadestown so it's possible to have a latte and nibbles along the way. You'll need a reasonable level of fitness but on a good day most should be capable of completing the walkway, just allow more time and take in the spectacular views. Unfortunately it isn't well signposted in places so take a long a map.

Time and Difficulty

Allow anywhere between 4 and 7 hours depending on your fitness and ability.

Distance and Height

The track is around 16km long and it is possible to use the trains and buses to make the loop.



Old Coach Rd

Old Coach Rd This interesting track provides easy access between Old Coach Rd in Johsnonville and Rifle Range Rd in the Ohariu Valley. Originally built between 1856 and 1858 by early settlers, this well graded track prov ided access for farmers to the settled area of Johnsonville. The track is in good condition despite cows and sheep having free range, just watch for the cow pats.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 20 and 30 minutes one way and a similar time for the return journey. The gradient provides a gentle downhill on bikes and you have the option of taking the main road to get back

Distance and Height

The track is around 3km long



Skyline Walkway

Skyline










This is one of the must do tracks in Wellington region for anyone who has a heartbeat. The track officially runs between the top of the Makara Rd in Karori and Mt Kaukau in Johnsonville but includes a number of additional access points along the way. The track is poled in places which can be difficult to follow in low cloud whiteout conditions but overall the track is in good condition. This is also included as a mountain bike track but be prepared to get off your bike and push from time to time

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 4 and 6 hours one way for the full track

Distance and Height

The track is around 11km long



Bells Track

Bells Track










This short track provides access between Khandallah and the Skyline walkway south of Mt Kaukau. It is a well graded, relatively easy track that runs mostly through farmland and some scrub. The track starts from Awarua Street.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 4 and 6 hours one way for the full track

Distance and Height

The track is around 1.4km long however it is possible to take an early exit toward




Truscott Av Shortcut

Truscott Av Shortcut










This short track but challenging provides a loop with the Northern Walkway through relatively mature native bush. It's reasonably steep in places and has a number of steps to negotiate but the view just before the junction with the Northern Walkway is a stunner. As an added bonus you can avoid the crowds as I've never seen another person on this track. At Truscott Av the start of the track can be difficult to find but just go to the left hand corner as you face up the hill.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 15 and 25 minutes one way depending on your level of fitness

Distance and Height

The track is around 888m long and climbs a total of 165m





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1 COMMENT POSTED about Johnsonville, Khandallah and Mount Kaukau



wolff: (posted 2014-04-18 00:24:06)
Most awesome walk


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