Auck­land Walk: Mt Hob­son Walk for panoramic city views

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ount Hob­son Short Walk is a 0.8 km 20 minute there and back track just a short walk from the Re­muera shop­ping cen­tre and is one of Auck­land’s most well-pre­served vol­canic cones

From the walk there are many scenic views and is good for all fit­ness lev­els. The trail is pri­mar­ily used for hik­ing, walk­ing, and na­ture trips.

Formed some 25,000 years ago, Mt Hob­son is 143 m high and the ex­pan­sive, panoramic view of Auck­land from the sum­mit is well worth the walk.

En­ter the path­way to the sum­mit from Re­muera Road. In

Above: One of the panoramic views from the track. Ran­gi­toto is seen over the city in the back­ground.

Spring­time the lower field along the path is filled with jon­quils, com­mem­o­rat­ing the Re­muera boys who lost their lives in WWII.

Fur­ther up, ter­races and ku­mara pits are still ev­i­dent from the Maori oc­cu­pa­tion of Mt Hob­son in pre-Euro­pean days.

From the sum­mit you can en­joy an un­in­ter­rupted 360 de­gree views of Auck­land City, the Waitem­ata Har­bour and Ran­gi­toto Is­land. Kids will en­joy this walk too, as Mt Hob­son is also a work­ing farm with cat­tle graz­ing nearby.

Below left: The start of the walk from Re­muera Road.

It is good quick walk for vis­i­tors as well as lo­cals to see panoramic views of the city with­out need­ing to hike for a long time.

Fact file

The ini­tial as­cent (from the en­trance way at the bend in Pere Street) is very steep and not a formed path, so for those with knee is­sues should be­gin at the top of Pere Street.

There is lim­ited parking on Pere Street, more on Re­muera Road, but eas­ily walked to from

Above right: Look­ing to­wards New­mar­ket. Right: Mt Hob­son is a work­ing cat­tle farm. Below left: Flow­ers in bloom add colur. Below right: The track is pop­u­lar with run­ners.

the New­mar­ket train sta­tion. There are well main­tained seats strate­gi­cally placed along the way for en­joy­ing the view.

Dis­tance: 0.8 km: El­e­va­tion Gain: 54 m: Route Type: There and back

His­tory

Mount Hob­son (Re­muw­era in Māori) is a 143 m high vol­canic cone in the Auck­land Vol­canic Field in Auck­land, New Zealand.

Lo­cated in the Re­muera sub­urb, to the east of the New­mar­ket com­mer­cial sub­urb, it has been ex­ten­sively mod­i­fied by hu­man use, first by Māori for use as a Pā (for­ti­fi­ca­tion) and later by use as quarry and pas­ture land be­fore fi­nally hav­ing a wa­ter reser­voir in­stalled in its cone

Above and below pho­tos: The walk is pop­u­lar with Re­muera folk as it is only .8km, suit­able for alll fit­ness types and so close to the town. to sup­ply the sur­round­ing area.

An ad­di­tional, par­tially buried, wa­ter reser­voir was built on the low south­ern side of the moun­tain in 1955. Mt Hob­son is named af­ter Cap­tain Wil­liam Hob­son who was the first Gover­nor of New Zealand and co-au­thor of the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

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