What we’ll be doing: At 468 metres, Colonial Knob is the highest point along Wellington’s western hills, it’s home to a radar outpost of the Airways Corporation, and on a nice day there are some good views over to the south island, including features like the Kaikoura Range.
Te Araroa is a project to connect a continuous walking route along the entire length of New Zealand and thanks to that project it’s now possible to get through some private land and onto the side of Mt Kaukau (through the Spicer Forest). Approx 6km of this walk will be along rural roads.
Mount Kaukau is the highest point overlooking Wellington Harbour and well worth the hike for the views at the top.
Duration: 6 – 7hours (at least 15km of walking)
Getting there: We will do this walk by public transport starting at Kenepuru Train Station and ending at Khandallah Train Station.
Difficulty: 8/10, a very good level of fitness required (there are steep sections, with a lot of up and down, the potential for wet feet and exposed sections; see FAQ for more info)
What to bring: Wind and waterproof outer, warm clothing (layers as the climate will change a number of times along this walk), something for lunch, water and hiking boots.
OTT in the event title stands for Oxfam Trailwalker Training. That means that this walk is extremely suitable as training for AW-members preparing for the Oxfam Trailwalker in April 2013. But of course other AW members are welcome on the walk as well.
(If you are an AW Oxfam walker and the walk is already full, sign up for the waiting list with the comment "oxfam trailwalker" and we'll bump you to the attendee list)
Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, Adventure Wellington Trust, the Trustees, Event Organisers/hosts and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after an event