Wellington hill walks: Mt Kaukau
Wellington is known for many things, its hills being one. There are many hill walks in the region where hard slog is rewarded with fantastic views. I’ve been thinking of making my way around them over the next few months to string together a blog series. A good way to exercise both the creative and physical self at the same time.
Last month Mike and I took his boys over to the suburb of Khandallah to walk up Mt Kaukau (pronounced like cow cow but without the ‘w’). At 445m, Mt Kaukau is the highest point overlooking Wellington Harbour. It’s the most prominent high landmark in Wellington, in part due to the >100m tall television transmitter mast at the top.
I used the opportunity to test taking and editing photos with my iPhone. I adore the versatility of that device and it may well have made my compact camera redundant.
There are two main routes up the hill: more steep and less steep. With the children in mind – honest – we chose the latter.
Anyhoo off we go…
While not being that long a walk, we nonetheless felt very deserving of an ice block so went over to the Khandallah shops. The suburb and many of its streets have names with an Indian flavour. Khandallah, meaning ‘resting place of God’, got its name from the 1880s homestead of an army officer who had been stationed in India. I’m not sure how far the India theme carries through other parts of the suburb but I did like these.
You obviously inherited my gardening knowledge!!!!! But purple flower looks like a foxglove to me!!! Enjoyed the climb – without the puff!!
Thank you – yes I also had a comment on facebook that it looked like foxglove. So by popular vote, foxglove it is!
Ahem. Digitalis purpurea…
Oh, the COMMON Foxglove, I do beg your pardon!