Lesser known to Wellington visitors but favoured by locals, Mt Kaukau rewards those who take the time to conquer its steep slopes, with stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Wellington harbour basin and Cook Strait beyond ... Kapiti Island, the South Island, Cook Strait, the Rimutaka Range and the Hutt Valley. If ever you are likely to see the South Island, it will be from here. In the clearest weather you may even see the snow clad top of Mt Tapaeoenuku in the Inland Kaikoura Range in the South Island. The summit is 445 metres above sea level and is the most visible high point in the Wellington landscape further accentuated by Wellington's main television transmitter tower the BCL TV transmitter mast. There is also a compass pedestal placed at the top.