Kahui HutBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Malcolm Law
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Beginner - Intermediate
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From the car park, cross the stile and follow the Puniho Track through the bush. Being the edge of a volcano, this track steepens as you go higher. It breaks out of the bush just once part-way up and again at the top of the climb.
There are two side-trails on the way up. Ignore both of these and keeping following the signs to Kahui Hut. After reaching the high point the trail heads across/down the mountain slopes, getting quite technical in tangled bush/scrub. After some 1.5k of this you'll reach the hut. Unfortunately there are no expansive views but it's still a good spot to grab a bite to eat and a breather before re-tracing your steps. From the highest point back down you're in for a beautiful downhill treat!
Features of interest
This run takes you through lovely native bush to one of the huts on the Round The Mountain Circuit and includes a great downhill return leg.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Easy Single Track: 10%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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End of Puniho Rd, best accessed from the Surf Coast Highway south of New Plymouth
There is a small parking area at the end of the road. The Puniho Track starts from here.
Just follow the signs
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
There's tank water at Kahui Hut unless it's been a very dry spell
Always the potential for wet, muddy conditions and from late autumn to early spring snow is a real possibility on the highest sections of the trail.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
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