Mount Eden is the highest natural point in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. It is one of the areas 48 volcanic cones. From the summit, it offers impressive 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city and its outlying islands.
For those just arriving in Auckland, a hike to the top of Mount Eden is the ideal way to gain bearings of the city. With a height of 196 metres, Mount Eden is the highest of the volcanic cones in the region. Walk or cycle to the top for incredible views of the city and Waitemata Harbour. A notable feature of the hill is a 50-metre deep “bowl shaped” crater contained within the summit. Visitors interested in local culture and history can enjoy a guided walk led by a tribe member who can impart tales of the mountains unique history. In addition to the hill, Mount Eden is also a popular suburb. Eden Park is home to Auckland Cricket team, many international tests and one-day matches are held here. Also at the foot of the mountain is Eden Park, a picturesque, peaceful sanctuary and award winning garden. Explore the variety of rare plant collections, admire cascading waterfalls and native birdlife all while enjoying incredible views. There’s a café inside Eden Park which serves a delicious afternoon tea to compliment the vistas. Auckland War Memorial Museum is nearby, showcasing a range of temporary and permanent collections, with Maori Cultural Performances, photographs and artefacts.
Mount Eden can be accessed by a network of buses and trains from central Auckland, 5 kilometres away. Mount Eden Railway Station operates trains to and from the city regularly on the Western Line. Bus services run from Auckland’s Britomart transport hub and the city centre. Walking around Mount Eden and to the hilltop is easy in 5 -10 minutes depending on fitness levels. Alternatively, opt to cycle from other areas of Auckland to the summit.
Mount Eden formed 20-30,000 years ago and is made up for three main craters arranged in a row. It was utilised as a fortified hill settlement or ‘pa’ by Maori tribes. The volcanic stones found on the hill were used for development of early roads across the city and surrounding areas. During the 1950s, the peak was used for radio communications by the New Zealand Post Office. Today, the summit is one of Auckland’s main tourist spots, attracting visitors from all over the world eager to see the superb views it offers.