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Changes to vehicle access to the Tūpuna Maunga

Pedestrian-only areas

The Tūpuna Maunga are unique and special places where all of Auckland's diverse communities can seek respite from the city, and are sites of deep cultural and spiritual connection for mana whenua.

The maunga were significant areas of Māori settlement, agriculture, battles, marriages, birth and burial.

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

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.

Gate open times

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

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

Improvements to support vehicle access changes

Other measures to support the vehicle access changes include:

  • improving walking tracks
  • exploring options for car parking
  • improving road signage and vehicle turning areas
  • new toilet facilities.

Implementation of summit closures

Maungawhau / Mt Eden  

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

Vehicle access through the automated bollards is available. If you have limited mobility and are unable to walk to the tihi, or if you are the driver for someone with limited mobility, you can request a vehicle access code at the summit road entrance.

Call us on 09 379 1340 on the day of your visit to request a code.

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

We enforce parking time limits to give all visitors equal parking opportunity.

Takarunga / Mt Victoria

The tihi and summit road at Takarunga / Mt Victoria will be permanently closed to all private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters, from 1 March 2018.

Vehicle access through the automated barrier arm at the summit road entrance is available. If you have limited mobility and are unable to walk to the tihi, or if you are the driver for someone with limited mobility, you can request a vehicle access code.

Call us on 09 379 1340 on the day of your visit to request a code.

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

We will be enforcing parking time limits to give all visitors equal parking opportunity.

Puketāpapa / Pukewīwī / Mt Roskill

By early April 2018 the uppermost section of the tihi will be permanently closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

The car park just below the tihi will be reconfigured and reopened for visitor parking.

Changes at other Tūpuna Maunga

We will announce dates for vehicle access changes at Ōwairaka / Mt Albert, Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill and Maungarei / Mt Wellington at a later date.

Contact us

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