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.