Like to get out and about? Khandallah has loads of great walking tracks to explore. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
Mt Kaukau: Whether you want to challenge your fitness on a daily basis or take a weekend stroll, walking up Mt Kaukau is a Khandallah must-do. The 4.2km loop takes you from Khandallah Park to the summit of Mt Kaukau for the obligatory chocolate stop and selfie shot. The walk to the top is steep in sections and takes about an hour. There are picnic tables at the top if you’ve brought a picnic or need a bit more recovery time.
Northern Walkway: Once you’ve conquered Mt Kaukau, set your sights further afield. Wellington’s 16km Northern Walkway, which stretches from Johnsonville to Kelburn, weaves through Khandallah. You can access it at Simla Cres, Burma Rdor Khandallah Park. The track is steep in places, but not difficult.
Skyline Walkway: If you’re not up for the complete Northern Walkway experience, try the Khandallah section of the ridge top Skyline Walkway instead. This 4km walk runs north-south from Mt Kaukau to Chartwell. This is more challenging terrain and is very exposed to the elements.
Khandallah is well-served for parks and each one has plenty to offer, whether you’re a sports person, a supporter or just like getting outdoors.
Khandallah Park: Beautiful Khandallah Park is one of New Zealand’s oldest reserves. It boasts 60 hectares of lush native bush, a great kids playground, a picnic area, a café and the iconic Khandallah Summer Pool. It’s also a key point if you’re walking up Mt Kaukau or traversing the Northern and Skyline Walkways. There’s plenty of parking on Woodmancote Rd and Clark St. Dogs must be kept on a leash and mountain bikes are not permitted. Khandallah Park, Woodmancote Rd, Khandallah
Nairnville Park: This busy sportsground and recreation centre is a hive of activity. An artificial turf surface means the park’s fields are busy with football and rugby in all conditions, while the large play area is popular with young families. There’s a half-pipe for the skaters, too.
The recreation centre’s multi-purpose sports hall is available for hire and is suitable for netball, basketball and badminton. There’s a dedicated squash court and a community room, both of which can be hired by the public. The centre offers a host of activities, from adult sports leagues and fitness classes to children’s after-school and holiday programmes. Nairnville Park, cnr Cockayne Rd and Lucknow Tce, Khandallah
Catch up with friends and let the kids burn off some energy at Khandallah’s great playgrounds.
Homebush Rd: Often referred to as one of the city’s ‘secret playgrounds’, this play area and park has incredible views of the city and harbour. Follow the wide track off Homebush Rd to find it.
Khandallah Park Play Area: There’s lots of fun to be had at this playground, which is sheltered from the nor-west winds. The park’s café and pool are also nearby, with accompanying toilet facilities.
Nairnville Park Play Area: It’s not all about sport at Nairnville Park – this playground will keep young spectators entertained, whether they’re playing on the equipment or watching skaters perfect their skills on the half-pipe. Toilet facilities are available at the Nairnville Recreation Centre.