Pukekohe Five Summits Trail
Circular Track (Loop)
A gift to the community from the Pukekohe Tramping Club for its 50th Anniversary, the Five Summits Trail is an amazing near half marathon loop (21km) covering a plethora of landscapes, that can be undertaken in one go, or in part. The trail utilizes the many off road walking paths in the area, through innumerable parks and reserves, and links the five main summits of the town.
“To mark five decades of our club’s members tramping the hills all over New Zealand, we have created the Five Summits Trail, which circumnavigates central Pukekohe. It includes the five local hills, which are interesting geological features, to offer good views that highlight both the urban area and rural surrounds.”
The trail starts and finishes at Pukekohe Train/Bus Station, where you will find map signboards on the walking bridge above the railway lines. It heads west to Bledisloe Park and weaves along quiet roads, through pathways and reserves to the top of Pukekohe Hill, which is 222 metres above sea level and is the highest point in the immediate area.
From Pukekohe Hill the trail heads north to Belmont Rise passing paddocks growing vegetables for market, traversing reserves and pathways, and along quiet suburban roads on the way.
Belmont Rise to Cape Hill the trail wanders down the Whangapouri Stream to Helvetia Rd either on a true tramping trail on the northern side, or on pathways and quiet suburban roads on the southern side. It then continues on towards Paerata Road through parks and reserves alongside the stream.
After crossing Paerata Rd the trail continues east under the railway to Ernie’s Reserve and up to Cape Hill through native bush planted to commemorate Pukekohe’s early settlers. From the top of Cape Hill stunning views can be enjoyed of virtually the whole trail – all five summits.
The trail then winds down Cape Hill and branches east through native bush, along a boardwalk, out onto quiet streets, across Valley Road, through a Watercare reserve and snakes its way up to The Rock.
The Rock, also known locally as Raven’s Rock, is a reserve with a grassy knoll that affords great views across Pukekohe township. From here the trail heads southwest to Rooseville Park.
Rooseville Park is beautiful – a grand canopy of mature native trees hosting abundant birdlife and song. From the road a tramping trail heads up to the top of Rooseville Park, past stunning rock formations to open out into a peaceful lawn area surrounded by lovely bush. A great place to relax or picnic while you reflect on the many scenic variations observed along the trail.
From Rooseville Park the trail heads west, downhill through quiet streets and pathways back to the Pukekohe Railway Station.
Check out the story boards on each summit and in the parks and reserves – absorb some of the interesting history behind the formation of Pukekohe township and surrounding areas.
The trail is mostly cycle friendly (hybrid tyres recommended) and where not practical, alternative routes are on the map which eventually link back to the main trail. The track is a mix of concrete, gravel, dirt and grass, is open all year and dogs on leashes are permitted.
All dogs must be on leash.
How to get here
The trail starts and finishes at Pukekohe Train/Bus Station, 40 Station Road. Map signboards of the trail are available on the walking bridge above the railway lines. Train/bus timetables can be found on the Auckland Transport website. Parking and toilets are also available at the station.
For other entrances/exits, you can view this street map of the trail route.
Map of Track
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