Puweke Hill is the point of highest relief for a considerable distance. There are extensive views of the white sandy beaches of Karikari Bay, Puweke Bay to the east and Karikari Beach to the west. The outline of the entire Karikari Peninsula is visible with Doubtless Bay to the south-east and Rangaunu Bay to the south-west. Aupori Peninsula retreats to the distant horizon.
From S.H.10, follow Inland Road and continue 10.5km then turn left into Rangiputa Road. 2km after the turnoff to Rangiputa, turn left into Puheke Road (the roadsign may not be visible). Continue to the beach along the unsealed road. The start of the track is signposted up a rough 4WD track through a gate, just before reaching the parking area near the beach.
If you don’t think your vehicle will make it up the 4WD track it is 5 minutes to the start of the walk.
For 5 minutes the track follows the metalled road to a stile. The climb is up a steep grass bank.
Karikari Peninsula was formerly a collection of offshore island, which have since been joined to the mainland by huge sandspits. It is a lonely and desolate landscape, mostly mantled by peat soils
Behind the beach at the base of Puweke Hill are middens containing fragments of moa egg shell. The sifting through the middens has enabled archaeologists to discover something of the culture and diet of the early inhabitants of the region.
The peat soils preserved kauri gum which sustained a flourishing industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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