Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa
Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa was an important pā in the area and was extensively terraced.
Around the impressive crater rim were many pits for storage and cooking. Most of the pits and much of the terracing was lost when the water reservoir was put into the excavated crater in 1961. 25,000 cubic metres of scoria was excavated to create the space for the reservoir.
Pukewīwī means ‘hill covered in rushes’. Puketāpapa means ‘flat-topped hill’.
This Maunga was formed through eruption around 20,000 years ago. The scoria cone was built by fire-fountaining from two craters. The two shallow craters are no longer visible.
The tihi (summit) stands 110 meters high.
The upper section of the tihi (summit) was reinstated to grass in 2018, and it remains permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.
The change recognises that Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa is a culturally and archaeologically significant site, and the tihi is a place to be treated with respect and reverence. Honouring these values alongside creating an enhanced experience for pedestrians is at the heart of the Authority’s decision to make the tihi of Auckland’s Maunga vehicle-free spaces.
Car parking is available inside the main entrance off Dominion Road, and a second car park is just below the tihi.
Main entrance gate opening times:
Times align with daylight-savings.
1129 Dominion Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland.