Finding the best place to approach a cone is sometimes tricky, especially with this one, which from the main road is not very accessible on foot.
We meet at a quiet street on the southern side of the hill, where we find a walking track through a small reserve.
Owairaka (Mt Albert), the last cone we climbed.
Maungawhau (Mt Eden) to the north,
We did this walk before the steady autumn weather broke. Now it's Easter, with rain, wind and floods interspersed with bright patches. Looking back on this walk, I reflect on how important it is to preserve what is precious. The previous cone—Owairaka/Mt Albert—lost its top. This one, Puketapapa, was very nearly cut in half, only a decade ago. I feel so grateful to all those who fought to keep this cone intact. And I'm glad I got to climb it after all these years, because it provides a little pocket of peace amidst roads that have become dense with traffic.