Mount Kaukau summit - Khandallah Park loop

The loop is a 4 kilometre walk, taking about 3 hours to complete. Direct route to summit is 1.5km and takes about 30 mins.

Directions to complete the loop

Starting at Simla Crescent the walk goes along the Northern Walkway up to the top of Mount Kaukau where there are picnic areas. At the summit, you go onto the Skyline Walkway and come back down behind Khandallah Pool.

Start at Simla Crescent Khandallah. Follow the Northern Walkway from the entrance to Khandallah Park to the summit of Mt Kaukau. Continue all the way to the top. There are picnic areas and seats on the way up.

At the summit, the Northern Walkway joins the Skyline Walkway. You will now be walking on a 4WD track towards Sirsi Terrace. Stay on the 4WD track until you come to a sign pointing to the swimming pool.

Head back into the pines down a flight of steps. This track will take you back to the parking area behind the Khandallah Swimming Pool in Woodmancote Road.

Walk past the playground in the park and take the walkway to Clark Street. From the car park in Clark Street follow the signs back into the bush and returning to Simla Crescent.

Directions to Mount Kaukau Summit direct

The most direct route to Mount Kaukau Summit is to start at Simla Crescent entrance and take first main trail on the left as marked. The track follows main ridge to summit. Allow around 35 minutes to get to the summit or an hour return. 

Get the map

Use the mobile optimised webmap of the Khandallah Park Loop to help you navigate our trail network.  

Getting there

For public transport options, check the Metlink website


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