The Wellington First Eleven Mini-list
These 11 peaks are located within the greater Wellington urban area. Due to their proximity to New Zealand’s capital city, many of these small hill summits are marked by an odd assortment of aircraft radar stations, TV aerials, and all manner of modern telecommunications equipment. Though these man made ‘sights’ are perhaps not what many walkers are looking for when they they head for the hills, they are actually quite fascinating in their own right. Luckily, there is plenty more to see, from some of the most stunning harbour views you will ever see, to superb native bird watching on Kapiti Island. And once you’ve had enough of the small hills, you can the climb the 941m Mt Matthews, which is the highest point in the Rimutaka Ranges.
Wellington is famous for its hills and harbour, but unfortunately many visitors make do with a quick jaunt up the Cable Car or a drive up Mt Victoria. If you want to get the best views of the entire Wellington urban area , there is no better way than bagging all of the peaks that make up the ‘Wellington First Eleven’.
|1||Belmont Trig||457||Wellington||Easy||2-3 hours||All Year|
|2||Boulder Hill||442||Wellington||Easy||2 hours||All Year|
|3||Cannon Point||345||Wellington||Easy||3 hours||All Year|
|4||Climie, Mt||860||Wellington||Easy||4 hours||All Year|
|5||Colonial Knob||458||Wellington||Easy||3-5 hours||All Year|
|6||Hawkins Hill||495||Wellington||Easy||3 hours||All Year|
|7||Kaukau Peg||431||Wellington||Easy||2 hours||All Year|
|8||Makara Peak||412||Wellington||Easy||3 hours||All Year|
|9||Matthews, Mt||941||Wellington||Hard||1-2 days||All Year|
|10||Rimutaka Trig||725||Wellington||Easy||1 hour||All Year|
|11||Tuteremoana (Kapiti Island)||512||Wellington||Easy||4 hours||All Year|