Mt Roskill and One Tree Hill to become car-free
The days of driving to the summit of One Tree Hill are coming to an end with a looming blanket ban on all vehicles.
On March 26 work will begin to make the tihi, or summit, of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), permanently closed to all motor vehicles including motorbikes and scooters.
Construction was expected to take about four to six weeks to complete. Access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists would remain throughout this period.
The summits of Mt Eden and Mt Victoria are already car-free and work is underway to make Mt Roskill car-free.
Chair Paul Majurey said the changes recognised maunga, or mountain, as sites of immense cultural and historical significance.
‘‘Maungakiekie was one of the largest pa¯ in the region and some of the bestpreserved records of early Ma¯ori life in Ta¯ maki Makaurau can be seen here in the many terraces and pits shaped for dwellings, agriculture and defence.’’
Vehicle access would be maintained for people who have limited mobility and an access code could be obtained. Parking would remain available near the summit road entrance.
Work will begin in late March to make One Tree Hill pedestrian only.