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Kahui Hut, Taranaki

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Kahui HutBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Info Info

Trail Information

14.60km

650m

650m

 

Taranaki

New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2:45 (Slow)
2:10 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)

-8.7%

+8.7%

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Description

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!


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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%


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  • Access

    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.

    39 km

    37 minutes

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    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Just follow the signs

    Patchy.

    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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