Ōhinerau / Mount Hobson

Day 321, Sunday 8 July 2018

I walked up Ōhinerau / Mount Hobson today, a volcanic cone about 20,000 years old. It’s been known in the past as Remuera, and gave its name to the Auckland suburb around it. Before a battle in 1741, the hill was a pa site, with about 1000 people living on it. It has been unoccupied since then.

Three water reservoirs have been built on the hill, the first in 1900 and the most recent in 1955. The construction destroyed some of the archaeological remains. Cattle and sheep grazed on the hill until a few years ago.

Now it is a recreational area with great views over Auckland, and interesting geology and archaeology.

1

Looking south-west over Dilworth School and Mount St John

2

Looking north-west to the Auckland CBD

Distance travelled: 11 km. Total distance so far: 40,780 km

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