Last Updated: 3rd Apr 2024

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Kahui Hut

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Last Updated: 3rd Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 25 ?

Gnarl Factor: 53 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.7%


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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!

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.

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There is a small parking area at the end of the road. The Puniho Track starts from here.

39 km

37 minutes




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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Jonathan Drake

Jonathan Drake

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