Johnston Hill Scenic Reserve, in Karori, is at the southern end of Te Wharangi ridge which links Johnston Hill, Kilmister Tops and Mt Kaukau.
The bush remnants on Johnston Hill and nearby Otari-Wilton’s Bush are part of a significant native ecosystem: - the native forest that extends from here all the way to Khandallah and Johnsonville Parks.
The walk from the lookout to the top of Johnston Hill takes about half an hour. Views from the summit include Wellington Harbour, the Hawkins Hill ridgeline, the Makara hills and the South Island.
A track from the summit leads to the Skyline Walkway. Halfway up the hill, side tracks lead to Karori Cemetery and Otari-Wilton’s Bush.