At 688m, Kohukohunui is the highest point in the Auckland region. Although the summit (and much of the walk) is bush covered, there are still a few glimpses of the Firth of Thames along the way. This is a good summit for peak bagging obsessives, as it probably doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor that would instantly convert a virgin peak bagger!
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||37? 2′ 18″ S, 175? 13′ 10″ E|
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Our Recommended Route
The easiest route to the summit is to start from near the top of Moumoukai Hill Road, where there is a locked gate and a ranger station. Simply walk up the 4WD road (Plow Rd, and then Mine Rd).
Not long before the end of Mine Rd, you need to turn on to Kohukohunui track, and continue on for about 4km along the ridge. You then need to turn right to reach the summit, where you will find the highest trig in Auckland. If you climb to the top you might catch a few views of the Firth of Thames.
Despite its status as the highest point, the walk is of a relatively gentle gradient for most of the journey. near the summit, it gets a little steeper, as you head up steps and then over a rougher section.
You should allow up to 6 hours for the return journey.