Summit of One Tree Hill soon to be vehicle-free
Work to pedestrianise the summit and the summit road of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill is set to begin. From Monday 26 March work will start on reconfiguring the summit road entrance off Olive Grove and installing a new automated gate. The work will take around four to six weeks to complete. Safe access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout this period. Once construction is complete, the summit road will permanently close to all motor vehicles including motorbikes and scooters. The exception will be continued vehicle access for people who have limited mobility and cannot walk to the summit; they or their drivers can phone the Auckland Council Call Centre to obtain an access code for the gate. For those who can walk, parking is available near the summit road entrance. Access through to Cornwall Park will remain unchanged. Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority says the change recognises the maunga as sites of immense cultural and historical significance.