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Changes to vehicle access on Tūpuna Maunga

Te Panonitanga o te āhei ki te tuku waka ki ngā Tūpuna Maunga

To Mana Whenua, the tihi of a maunga holds great spiritual and cultural significance and has always been 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 vehicle access changes.

Pedestrian-only areas

Following the very successful pedestrianisation of the Maungawhau/Mt Eden tihi (summit) in January 2016, the tihi of five further Tūpuna Maunga will be transformed into pedestrian-only areas.

Open vehicle access to other parts of the maunga will remain.

The five maunga are:

  • Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill
  • Maungarei / Mt Wellington
  • Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert
  • Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa / Mt Roskill
  • Takarunga / Mt Victoria.

Read our media release Safer spaces on the way for Auckland's ancestral mountains.

Decision to implement vehicle access changes

The decision to implement the vehicle access changes was made by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority at Hui 22 on 21 November 2016.

See hui report and minutes on the About Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority page.

Public safety concerns

Public safety is a priority for the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

Each of the five Tūpuna Maunga undergoing vehicle access changes has a single lane road to and around the tihi that is shared by cars and pedestrians. Some tihi roads have no adjoining footpath.

During traffic and pedestrian counts undertaken mid 2016, contractors witnessed regular near-misses between cars and people walking, and vehicles exceeding the speed limit on most of the maunga.

This matches the experience of management and verbal reports from visitors on the maunga.

Access for people with limited mobility

We are taking steps to ensure people with limited mobility have continued access to these maunga.

If you have limited mobility and are unable to walk to the tihi, or if you are the driver of someone with limited mobility, you can request to drive to the tihi in your car.

An automated gate at the entrance to each summit road can be opened by keying in an access code.

To request a code, call us on the day of your visit.

09 379 1340

Implementing the vehicle access changes

Maungawhau / Mt Eden

The tihi and summit road at Maungawhau / Mt Eden permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters, in January 2016.

If you have limited mobility and cannot walk to the tihi, call us on the day of your visit on 09 379 1340 to request the access code.

Visitor car parks are below the bollards and below the tea kiosk building, and at Tahaki Reserve and beside the Normanby Road playground.

Parking time limits are enforced to give all visitors equal parking opportunity.

Takarunga / Mt Victoria

The tihi and summit road at Takarunga / Mt Victoria permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters, in March 2018.

If you have limited mobility and cannot walk to the tihi, call us on the day of your visit on 09 379 1340 to request an access code.

Visitor car parks are inside the Kerr Street entrance to the maunga.

Parking time limits are enforced to give all visitors equal parking opportunity.

Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa / Mt Roskill

The uppermost section of the tihi at Pukewīwī / Puketāpapa / Mt Roskill permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters in April 2018.

The visitor car park just below the tihi can still be accessed by all vehicles.

Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill

The tihi and summit road at Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters, in May 2018.

If you have limited mobility and cannot walk to the tihi, call us on the day of your visit on 09 379 1340 to request an access code.

Parking time limits are enforced to give all visitors equal parking opportunity.

Maungarei / Mt Wellington

Work is currently underway to return the tihi of Maungarei / Mt Wellington to a vehicle-free space.

Construction commenced early July 2018 and is expected to take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

Pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle access will continue during the construction period, with temporary closures to the summit road when construction work requires it.

The exact date of the closure will be determined as the construction work progresses and will be announced at least one week before.

Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert

Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert will be closed to vehicles from late 2018. We will announce the exact date of the vehicle closure at least a week before.

From mid-October to December 2018, work will take place to create a new carpark, toilet block and gates. Pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access will continue during construction.

Contact us

If you have any specific questions about the decision to change vehicle access on the maunga, email MaungaAuthority@aklc.govt.nz.

Maunga gates open times

The main entrance gates at all maunga are open during the following times:

  • Summer: 7am-8.30pm
  • Winter: 7am-7pm.

Season changes align with daylight savings.

You should know

To release your vehicle after gate closing times call us on 09 301 0101.
A release fee of $50.00 will be charged to the driver of the vehicle. Do not leave valuables in your car.