Auckland Walk: Mt Hobson Walk for panoramic city views
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.
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
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.