Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout

March 28th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Even though I go up  (was Tinakori Hill) a lot, I was actually blissfully unaware that in 2010 an official lookout was opened. I tend to be around the end, more than the Northland end.

This is the lookout itself. You can get to it from Orangi Kaupapa Road. Either a steep but short walk up from the road, or if really lazy you can drive up to it. Alternatively you can walk along the Ridgeline track and then head down to it. And you can climb up to it from Tinakori Road or Glenmore Street.

A nice view of the city from over the bush.

This is from Stellin Memorial Park, which is a bit below and to the south of the lookout. A nice grass area for a picnic, and a great view.

A close up of the city and harbour.

As I was in Northland, I drove over the back route to and checked out the war memorial which I had been meaning to look at for ages.

Not too bad a view from Brooklyn either.

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4 Responses to “Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout”

  1. pq (728 comments) says:

    I liked it better when you were in Africa Farrar.
    Your walks and your work there was good.
    Whale Oil is meaningless compared to you.
    I never go across to Cactus Kate now, she is incapable of upgrading to the new NZ.

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  2. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    Nice photos David. I assume that the shadow in the Stellin park shot is a leaf, not a thumb.

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  3. big bruv (13,454 comments) says:

    What do you mean “was Tinakori Hill” DPF?

    It is still Tinakori Hill as far as I am concerned, same as the mountain in Taranaki is called Mt Egmont and the island in Wellington harbour is called Somes Island.

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  4. mikenmild (11,233 comments) says:

    I didn’t know about the name change:
    Originally, the whole ridgeline was called Te Ahumairangi. During early European settlement, a road was built along the base of the ridge, and according to tradition, the Māori labourers had to work through their meal breaks. In Māori, ‘tina means dinner andkahore means ‘none’. The complaint became the name of both the road and the hill, and was Anglicised to Tinakore and then Tinakori.

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