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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       d                              1                                        Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
                                                                                                                                This dual use track runs north

  EXPLORE                                                                                                                                                                   MAORI HISTORY AND
  SKYLINE                                                                                                                       and south along the ridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wellington City Council set aside 200
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  TRACK                                                                                                                         between Old Coach Road in
                                                                                                                                                                            SIGNIFICANCE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carmichael St
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hectares of retired farmland south­
                                                                                                                                Johnsonville and Makara Saddle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 west of the city for a mountain bike
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                                                                                                                                in Karori.                                  While European settlers named parts of the skyline,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                park in 1998. Volunteers immediately
                                                                                                                                                                            most of the central ridge was known to local Maori                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 began development of the Makara
                                                                                       Allow up to five hours to traverse 12kms of Wellington’s ridge tops                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2
                                                                                                                                                                            as Te Wharangi (broad open space). This ridge was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peak Mountain Bike Park by planting
                                                                                       following the Outer Green Belt onto Mt Kaukau, the Crow’s Nest,                                                                                                                                                                                      SKYLINE TRACK                                                                                                            Truscott Ave
                                                                                                                                                                            not inhabited by Maori, but they traversed frequently                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trees and cutting new tracks. In the
Discover Wellington’s Town Belt, reserves and walkways                                 Kilmister Tops and Johnston Hill. Take time to indulge in the stunning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reserve and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               first year six tracks were built and
                                                                                                                                                                            by foot when moving between Te Whanganui-a-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Johnsonville Park
                                                                                       rural, city and coastal views along the way. On a clear day, views of                                                                                                                                                                                NORTHERN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4,000 native seedlings planted.
                                                                                       the Kaikoura ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington City and
                                                                                                                                                                            Tara and Owhariu.                                                                                                                                               WALKWAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MT KAUKAU              3                                                                                       A significant effort was also put into


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Moorefield Rd
                                                                                       harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges will take your


                                                                                                                                                                            The Old Maori Trail runs from Makara Beach all the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 controlling possums and goats,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EXISTING TRACK


                                                                                       breath away.                                                                         way to Thorndon Quay which is categorised as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     which were destroying the pockets

                                                                                                                                                                            landscape track and is of medium historic significance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sirsi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tce                                                  of native forest in the park.
                                                                                       Please be aware that the route is challenging in areas and weather
                                                                                       conditions can be extreme on this very exposed ridgeline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Awarua Street                                                                 Kanp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ur Rd                                      25km of track was built by 2006,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Khandallah Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recreation Reserve                                                                                                             ranging from 'Easy' to 'Extreme'.
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                                                                                       exit points along the way to plan a safe and enjoyable walk. Reasonable                 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               information, refer to
                                                                                       fitness is required for completing the entire trail, it can be strenuous.

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                                                                                       weather conditions can occur. Bring lunch and plenty of water. There                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cre
                                                                                       are no toilet or water facilities along this walkway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sim
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  JOHNSONVILLE AND KARORI                                                              The completion of the track link between Makara Saddle and Chartwell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KHANDALLAH
                                                                                       was made possible with the support of Meridian Energy who agreed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NGAIO
                                                                                       to grant public access over their Otari property and shared the costs
                                                                                       of the track development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Silv
                                                                                       Follow the yellow directional signs along the track.


This track runs north and south along      walk up the hill. This will lead you to    It is the primary source of television     along the Skyline ridge to the

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the ridge between Old Coach Road           the Johnsonville Reservoir on the west     and radio coverage for the greater         Kilmister Tops. Photos: View of                                                                                                                                                                                             Chartw

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in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle          side of the track. Take a 2 minute walk    Wellington region and is supported         Khandallah from Mt Kaukau 1940
in Karori. You can start the track at      down the Truscott track you will arrive    by more than forty translators             (Alexander Turnball Library,


either end and follow the yellow           at a tunnel in the bank that once          scattered around the district providing    Wellington, New Zealand).                                                                                                                                                                                                                             nB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Otari Farms                                                                                                 Otari-Wiltons Bush              Wi

directional signs.                         accommodated the (now disused)             in-fill coverage.                                                                                                                           (privately owned)                                                                                                                         6
                                           outlet pipe from the Reservoir.                                                                     4 Kilmister Tops

                                                                                      The area surrounding the television

              1 Old Coach Road             In 1910 the Johnsonville Town Board        tower and lookout is privately owned.
                                                                                                                                                 John and Henry                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Warwick St
              Heritage Trail               purchased land on the northern and         Please respect the landowners and
                                                                                                                                                 Kilmister, sons of the
                                                                                      their wishes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tinakori Hill
             Old Coach Road was the        eastern slopes of Mount Kaukau to build
                                           a high-pressure water supply to all
                                                                                                                                 early settler John Kilmister, bought Sky                                                                                                                                                                                   WILTON
             first formed road that                                                                                              Farm or Kilmister Tops from the Crown
                                           properties in their area. Water was                        3 Mount Kaukau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JOHNSTON’S HILL
             connected Johnsonville                                                                                              in the 1860s and split the land in half.
                                           pumped up from a dam in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Karori
             with Ohariu Valley. Built                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Johnston’s Hill
                                                                                                      Climb onto the                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cemetery
                                                                                                                                 Heading south from Mt Kaukau at                                                                                                              Reserve
between 1856 and 1858, its popular         Ohariu Valley to the reservoir, built                                                                                                                                                         5
                                                                                                      viewing platform for
name is flawed as no coaches ever used     314 metres above sea level. It flowed                                                 the first set of pines, approximately

                                                                                                      360 degree views.                                                         START/FINISH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hauraki Rd
the road.                                  under considerable pressure to the                                                    1km past the turn off to Chartwell


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                                           township below.                            Experience views of the entire city,       Drive, was Henry’s half known as                                         Reservoir


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Nevertheless, it is recognised as one of

                                                                                      Wellington Harbour, the Rimutaka and       Henry’s Pines.                                                           ri
the finest horse-era roads in New          Follow the trail up to Mt Kaukau.                                                                                                              9          Karo
Zealand and has a Category I Historic
                                                                                      Tararua ranges, Porirua Basin, Kaikoura                                                                         Park                     KARORI                        Frie  nd St

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Chaytor St
                                                                                                                                                1km further on is the
                                                                                      ranges and the Tasman Sea. On a clear                                                                             and a
Places Act registration. The road was                                                                                                           second set of pines,                   Ma                  A re
                                                      3 BCL TV Transmitter            day you can see the snow-capped
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                                                                                                                                                John’s land. John
Johnsonville end but is otherwise                                                     Mount Tapuaenuku 2885m (see picture
                                                         Constructed in 1965, the                                                               sawed the timber from
well-preserved. The purchase of land                                                  below) on the South Island, the first
                                                         Broadcast Communi­                                                                     one tree to build his                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Johnsonville to Makara Saddle in Karori.
either side of Old Coach Road has                                                     significant peak climbed by New
                                                         cations Limited TV                                                      house (which still stood in 1920-1930s)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Skyline Track guides you from Old Coach Road in
allowed Wellington City Council to                                                    Zealand’s most famous mountaineer,
                                                         transmitter on Mt Kaukau     Sir Edmund Hillary. From Mt Kaukau,        with the roof built level to the ground
protect and manage this area.
                                           stands an impressive 122 metres tall.
                                           It is the site that replaced the initial
                                                                                                    head west and follow the     for shelter from the wind. Lawrence
                                                                                                                                 Kilmister (grandson of John Kilmister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NORTH                                    and some early history of the area.
                                                                                                    yellow directional signs                                                                                                                                                                                               8
2 Johnsonville Reservoir                                                                                                         and son of Frederick) built the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                discover picturesque views, stunning flora and fauna,
                                           television service WNTV1 broadcast from                  where you can exit the
Leaving the farm land behind you,          Mt Victoria, and greatly improved the                    track onto Bells Track,      chimney-like structure that still stands                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Walk through some of Wellington’s beautiful parks and
cross over the stile and take a short      coverage for Wellingtonians.                             Awarua Street or continue    today for mustering in the 1930s.
                                                                                             Kilmister Tops is a peneplain remnant                             This is the house that       Face west towards Makara and you            (and still contains) infrastructure                                                       Gold prospecting excavations                         1930s (Alexander Turnball Library,
                                                                                             which is high, broad and largely clear                            can be seen today.           will see the entrance to the cemetery.      forming part of the Wellington City                                                       A number of former gold prospecting                  Wellington, New Zealand).                                     SAFETY AND REGULATIONS

 SKYLINE                                                                                     of tall vegetation. This seems more                                                                                                        water reticulation system.                                                                excavations and other remains exist in
                                                                                             dramatic close-up rather than at a                                The Wiltons cleared                                                                                                                                                                                                     Makara Hill Windbreak                                         The Skyline Track is a very exposed trail with very little shelter. We strongly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Outer Green Belt. There is a well
 TRACK                                                                                       distance, despite the glimpses of green                           and farmed most of                               7 Makara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The remaining features of historical                                                      preserved drive on the ridge between                 To reduce the impact of strong winds                          recommend considering all weather conditions to be prepared for your journey.
                                                                                                                                             their land that stretched almost to the                            Cemetery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Warm clothing and stout footwear are essential as weather conditions
                                                                                             and golden pasture at the top of the hill                                                                                                  interest are the two dams and their                                                                                                            on traffic passing the summit of Makara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ohariu and Tawa. The remains of shafts
                                                                                                                                             top of Tinakori Hill, but fenced off an                                                    associated structures, including the                                                                                                           Hill Road, the Makara Road Board built                               can be extreme on this very exposed ridgeline
                                                                                             that contrast to the dense bush below.                                                                              In 1940 the Board                                                                                                and drives of the more intensive mining
                                                                                                                                             area of 17 acres of forest near their                               of Health required     iconic valve tower in the middle of the                                                   period from 1869 to 1873 can be seen                 a timber windbreak on the north side                                 Be Sunsmart – take a sun hat and sunscreen
                                                                                                                                             homestead allowing public access. This         Wellington City to locate another burial    lower dam. Development of the                                                             in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.                    of the road in 1894. In 1913 the rotting                             Bring water for hydration
                                                                                                            5 Parkvale Road
Discover Wellington’s Town Belt, reserves and walkways                                                                                       became a popular leisure destination for       site as Karori Cemetery edged towards                                                                                                 Generally, the excavations have the                  structure was replaced with concrete.                                Pack food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sanctuary provided public access to
                                                                                                            John and Henry Kilmister         people from the city. The Wilton’s land                                                                                                                                              form of horizontal shafts 20 metres or               It has remained there ever since. The
                                                                                                                                                                                            full capacity. Makara was the chosen        this formerly closed area and the                                                                                                                                                                                   Reasonable fitness is required
                                                                                                            built a farm road extension      was put together with other forested                                                                                                                                                 more in length. These suggest beliefs                views towards Makara from this site are
                                                                                                                                                                                            location. Land was bought under the         opportunity to fund and carry out                                                                                                                                                                                   Mountain Biking is prohibited on Bell’s Track, Johnston’s Hill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       worth the trip.
                           JOHNSONVILLE                                                                     to Parkvale Road that links      areas purchased in 1905 by Wellington          Public Works Act in 1951 and 1955, and      restoration and interpretation of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in the 19th century that Wellington was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Otari-Wilton’s Bush and the Woodmancoate Road, Simla Crescent and
                                                                                             to the Crow’s Nest. They would start            City Council and is still operated today       the first burial occurred in 1965. The                                                                                                likely to contain significant gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        resevoir.                                                                                                                                                                          Native Birds                     Truscott Avenue exit trails of the Northern Walkway.
                                                                                             work in the morning and continue                as a recreational destination known as         cemetery is now roughly one third full.                                                                                               deposits. Nothing of any significance
                                                                                             through the night, setting fallen bush          Otari-Wilton’s Bush.                                                                                                                                                                 was ever found.                                                       At the Makara end of                                There are no toilet or water facilities along the Skyline Track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is a safe haven
                 NGAIO                                                                       on fire to allow them to dig in the dark.                                                                                                  for endangered native birds and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Skyline you may
                                                                                                                                             This is the only botanic garden in New         8 Karori Reservoir                                                                                                                                       9 Makara Road                                      see Kereru, Tui,
                                                                                                                                             Zealand completely devoted to native
                                                                                                                                                                                            Prior to becoming a wildlife sanctuary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wildlife, located minutes from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fantail, Morepork, Grey Warblers,                             FARMING OPERATION HAZARDS
                                                                                                                 6 Wilton Farm                                                                                                          downtown Wellington. The world’s
      WILTON                                                                                                     Homestead
                                                                                                                                             plants. It consists of 100 hectares of plant
                                                                                                                                                                                            in 1995, this valley was traditionally      first predator proof fence surrounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Makara Road was                   Silvereye and even North Island Robin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1. There is animal grazing in the area, please do not disturb the stock.
                                                                                                                                             collection. The forest nestles in the deep                                                                                                                                                              one of the three
                                                                                                                                                                                            part of the city water supply system.       the Sanctuary, protecting wildlife and                                                                                                         New Zealand Falcons may be seen in                            2. Use gates and styles, please leave gates as you find them.
                                                                                                              Following on from              valley formed by the Te Mahanga                                                                                                                                                                         major roads built by
                                                                                                                                                                                            In recent years the area ceased to be                                                                                                                                                      the vicinity. There is a small population                     3. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times while using this track. Unleashed
                                                                                                              Kilmister Tops look            branch of the Kaiwharawhara Stream                                                         ensuring forest regeneration.                                                                                the Provincial
                                                                                                                                                                                            a resource for the water supply system.                                                                                                                                                                           of Kaka from the                          dogs may frighten stock or ground nesting birds.
                                                                                                                                             flowing north-east towards Ngaio Gorge.
KARORI                                                                                       south-east towards Wilton locating one                                                         However, the lower valley contained         Rare and endangered wildlife roam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Council in the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Karori Wildlife
                                                                                             of Wellington’s oldest houses, Wilton           The long, straight north-western                                                                                                                                                                        1850s to open up                                                                                4. On-going predator control.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        free in their natural habitat. Many                                                                                                                                   Sanctuary that
                                                                                             Farm Homestead, looking over the Wilton         boundary borders steep rural land                                                                                                                                                    outlying farm areas. The road was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 venture around
                                WELLINGTON                                                   Bowling Club green.                             stretching up to the Te Wharangi ridge                                                     species have been returned to the                                                         maintained for many years by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the city by day.
                                   CITY                                                                                                      on the Skyline.                                                                            New Zealand mainland for the first                                                        Makara Road Board. Apart from sealing
                                                                                             The original two bedroom cottage was                                                                                                       time – including tuatara, little spotted                                                  and widening, the road has barely                                                              These may also be
                                                                                             built in 1861 and later developed into a        Photos: Waugh Family Collection in 1920,                                                   kiwi, Maud Island frog, hihi and North                                                    changed since its construction. Photo:                                                         sighted along the   Dogs must be kept                                                    No Fires
                                                                                             two story five bedroom house in 1880s.          then 2006 (above).                                                                         Island saddleback.                                                                        View along coastline at Makara Beach                                                           Skyline.            on a leash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     No Litter                                               No Mountain Biking

                                              south of Colonial Knob behind Porirua.         it joins the Skyline Track. This route          Khandallah Park and Johnston’s Hill                                   Karori Park
OTHER TRACKS                                  1. From here it joins into Spicer forest and   originally provided access between farms        in Karori.                                                                                    TOPOGRAPHICAL PROFILE                                                                                                                                                                                     No Camping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In 1911 the Karori

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                                              then onto Oharui Valley Road, meeting          in Ohariu Valley and the Ngaio Railway                                                                                                                                   500
                                                                                                                                             Otari-Wilton’s Bush includes a short 75                             Borough Council

                                              up with Rifle Range Road. From here            Station.

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                                                                                                                                             metre walkway through the forest                                    acquired several

                                              along Old Coach Road and up to Mount


                Te Araroa                                                                                                                    canopy, a wide range of native plants                               dairy farms and

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                                                                                                                   Wright’s Hill             from around New Zealand and several            formed Karori Park. Cricket, hockey,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Height (metres)
               For some kilometres            2. Via Bells Track.

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                                                                                                                   Fortress                  off shore islands, 10km of walking tracks,     bowls & croquet were soon established

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                                              3. From here if you wish to walk to the

                                                                                                                                             and some of Wellington’s oldest trees          with a refreshment tent provided.                                         300
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                                                                                                                                             including an 800 year old Rimu.                The Park was considered too windy

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               merges with Te Araroa,         Sea Walkway. This will take you to the

                                                                                                                                                                                            for tennis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Descending to the south of the BCL TV Transmitter, the trail passes through an


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                                                                                             Wellington’s most extensive World War

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the National Walkway. Depending on

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                                              coast at Island Bay. This at last will give                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            area of low and in places continuous growth of shrubs that are sheared and
                                                                                                                                             PARKS & RESERVES

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your route, Wellington is the beginning       a walk from sea to shining sea – from          II fortifications. The fortress was built                                                      Photo: Hockey match at Karori Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                       grooved by violent gales. The twigs of these small-leaved shrubs are so



or end of the North Island sector of this     Cape Reinga*.                                  from 1942 to 1949 to service the 9.2 inch                                                      1950s (Alexander Turnball Library,                                                                                                                                                                                                                       abundantly branched and interlaced that they provide comfortable seats.
magnificent project – a defined track                                                        battery gun to protect Wellington from                                                                                                                                   100
                                              * Known to Maori as Te Rerenga Wairua                                                                                                         Wellington, New Zealand).                                                                                                         5                                    10                                            15                                  It may appear that only one species of shrub exists in the area, but there are
from North Cape to Bluff. Te Araroa           “the leaping place of the spirits” it is       a potential Japanese invasion. This is                                 Khandallah Park                                                                                                                                                      Distance (kilometres)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at least a dozen, as well as a variety of vines.
means ‘the long pathway’, and that is         believed that after death Maori spirits        one of three such installations built in
                                                                                                                                                                   The Northern             Johnston’s Hill
certainly what this will become: a legal                                                     New Zealand. Restoration of the Fortress                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scattered logs indicate low forest once existed in the area, cleared for farming
                                              travel to Cape Reinga where using                                                                                    Walkway follows
thoroughfare for footsloggers. It is nearly                                                  began in 1988 and is continued today                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    many years ago. Eventually, such a forest may return.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lying above Otari-Wilton’s Bush are
3000km long across mountains and
                                              seaweed as ropes, they slide down the
                                              hill to the 800 year old Pohutukawa            by the Wright’s Hill Fortress Restoration
                                                                                                                                                                   down from Mt
                                                                                                                                                                                            the higher eastern slopes and the main
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       purchased the land from the first pakeha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       owner Judge Chapman. Johnston, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TO:
                                                                                                                                                                   Kaukau to one of
lowland, through bush and pine forest,        tree at the northern most tip of the           Society Inc. who host open days. Society                                                       ridgeline that links to Johnston’s Hill.   Scottish settler with his wife, arrived in
                                                                                                                                             New Zealand’s oldest parks – Khandallah
by way of all varieties of farm country                                                                          members guide one                                                                                                                                                                                                 Onslow Historical Society Inc.
                                              cape. The spirits make their final leap                                                        Park, first designated as a domain in                                                     Wellington in 1843. The “lookout” was
and local communities, from north to                                                                             hour tours showcasing                                                      The campaign to acquire Johnston’s                                                                                                     Brian Kilmister & the Kilmister family
                                              from the tree down to the roots and                                                            1909. It has more than 60 hectares of                                                     named after Mr Fletcher, today we
south of New Zealand. The aim is to                                                                              a fascinating insight                                                      Hill as a reserve was led by Mr S.S.B.                                                                                                 Karori Historical Society Inc
                                              then return to Hawaiiki, the Maori                                                             native bush with 9km of walking tracks                                                    know it as “Fletcher’s Carpark”.
have it completed by 2008.                                                                                       into the measures taken                                                    Fletcher and Mr George Penlington,                                                                                                     Department of Conservation
                                              Ancestral Homeland.                                                                            winding through dense bush and passing                                                    Mr Penlington’s name was given to the
                                                                                                                 to protect New Zealand                                                     both long time residents of Karori.
                                              Follow the footsteps!                                                                          several lookouts.                                                                         main track through the bush – an                                                            Dr John Dawson
A small team of local enthusiasts are                                                                                                                                                       Johnston’s Hill was officially opened
                                                                                                                 during World War II.                                                                                                  appropriate recognition of the work both
working with Wellington City Council                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
                                              Bell’s Track                                                                                   Photo: Khandallah swimming pool,               as a public recreation domain in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       men had done.                                                                               The Kennett Brothers
and other regional councils to establish                                                                                                                                                    middle of World War II, 28 March 1942.
                                                                                                                 Otari-Wilton’s Bush         tea kiosk and park, 5 January 1931
and mark the Te Araroa trail from Levin       This re-established route starts at the                                                                                                       It was named after John Johnston who                                                                                                   Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc.
                                                                                                                                             (Alexander Turnball Library, Wellington,
to the top of the Cable Car. Walkers will     top of Awarua Street and joins a farm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Waugh Family
                                                                                                                 Nestled on the Outer        New Zealand).
enter the Wellington City Council section     track up to a saddle on the ridge where
                                                                                                                 Green Belt between

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