Also known as Maungawhau Domain.
- 250 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
- 2.4km - five-minute drive from downtown Auckland
At 196m tall, Maungawhau or Mount Eden is the highest volcano in Auckland. From the summit, visitors can enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the city and its harbours. A large, well-preserved crater, some 50 metres deep, is contained within the summit cone.
How to get there
From downtown Auckland, go up Queen Street, turn left onto Karangahape Road and right onto Symonds Street, then left onto Mt Eden Road.
From other locations, get directions using Google Maps.
There are buses to Mt Eden Road. Visit the AT website or phone 09 366 6400.
Vehicle entry is off Mt Eden Road. There are also walkways off Clive Road, Glenfell Place, Batger Road, Hillside Crescent, Rautangi Road and Owens Road.
Accessing the summit
Once you arrive at Maungawhau/Mt Eden you can walk to the summit in five to 10 minutes, depending on your level of fitness. There are walkways off Clive Road, Glenfell Place, Batger Road, Hillside Crescent, Rautangi Road and Owens Road.
With the summit going largely vehicle-free in December 2015, walking via the summit road will be a safer experience for pedestrians - although care is still required as service vehicles and limited mobility access is still provided.
Cyclists are still able to ride to the summit, but motorbikes and scooters are not permitted. Cyclists are asked to keep to the 20km/h speed limit at all times and be mindful of pedestrians.
From late December 2015, cars and other light vehicles will be prohibited beyond the automated vehicle bollards at beginning of the summit road, with the exception of those transporting visitors with limited mobility.
Parking is available at the lower car park on Puhi Huia Road.
Tour bus entry is off Mt Eden Road. Heavy vehicles (larger than 3.5 tonnes and with more than 12 seats) are prohibited from accessing the summit road at all times, even if they are transporting people with limited mobility. These vehicles may park in the tour bus car park near the summit road exit on Puhi Huia Road.
Tour operators should note the Auckland Council shuttle service from the kiosk building to the summit ended on 1 December 2015.
Visitors with limited mobility can request a temporary access code to gain entry to the summit road by calling the Auckland Council customer service centre (09 301 0101) on the day of their visit.
Visitors will be asked to provide their Total Mobility scheme or Mobility Parking Permit number to verify eligibility.
If you visit the summit regularly, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a regular access code (criteria apply).
The Mt Eden Road and Tahaki Drive entrances to the park are open from 7am-8.30pm in summer and 7am-7pm in winter, aligning with daylight saving.
Amenities and activities
Commissioned by the Mount Eden Borough Council and designed by architect A Sinclair O’Conner, the building was erected on the northern terrace of Maungawhau in 1926.
Previously a tea room and restaurant, after many years as a vacant building the kiosk has been renovated and will reopen as a café in early 2016.
The building and toilets will close from 1 December 2015 while the café is installed. Additional toilets will be located in the bus park to cater for visitors.
Entry to Eden Gardens is from Omana Road, off Mountain Road. The gardens feature a variety of plant collections and New Zealand native species.
There is a substantial area of native bush at the base of the maunga, on the northeast side. A remnant of this bush still exists on the lava flow in the Almorah Road, Epsom area.
Today this bush is composed of karaka, kohekohe, mahoe, ngaio, pigeonwood, puriri, titoki, mangaeo, karamu, rangiora and whau. It is likely some of these species may have been planted by the Māori inhabitants of Maungawhau. Both karaka and puriri trees are often found in association with village sites.
Mt Eden Domain is protected from damage, as an archaeological site, by the Historic Places Act 1980. During the period of Māori habitation, the lower slopes of Maungawhau were used as gardens and living terraces. Early Māori and European activity has already drastically altered the form of Maungawhau, and what remains is a precious tangible record of Māori history.
The Maungawhau playground, off Normanby Road, caters to a wide range of ages and ability.
The entire playground area is padded with a cushion safety surface and features swings, slides, towers with bridges, a push-train for the young ones and a flying fox and climbing net in the shape of a volcanic cone – an appropriate nod to Maungawhau – for the older kids.
There are three toilet locations on Maungawhau. The first is located off Clive Road near the playground, the second off Mt Eden Road at the motor vehicle entrance, and the third is in the kiosk building on the northern slopes of the maunga.
The kiosk will close from 1 December 2015 while a café is installed, and additional toilets will be positioned near the bus park to cater for visitors.