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Auckland Council

Management of the Tūpuna Maunga

Auckland Council is responsible for the management of the Tūpuna Maunga under the direction of the Maunga Authority.

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2017-2018

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 requires the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority to prepare an annual operational plan.

The draft Operational Plan 2017-2018 sets out the budget for the coming financial year in detail and provides indicative information for the years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The draft plan is to be considered within the framework of the Auckland Council 10- year budget (Long-term Plan 2018-2028).

Read the draft annual plan

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The draft plan covers key operational projects for the coming financial year and how we will carry out the day-to-day maintenance of the Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) under the direction of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

It is instrumental in ensuring clear and collaborative decision-making by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority and Auckland Council.

Included in the draft plan is a programme of works that has been organised along the following themes:

  • Wairuatanga/Spiritual
  • Mana Aotūroa/Cultural and heritage
  • Takotoranga/Landscape
  • Mauri Pūnaha Hauropi/Ecology and biodiversity
  • Mana Hononga Tangata /Living connection
  • Whai Rawa Whakauka /Economic and commercial
  • Mana Whai a Rēhia /Recreational.

Adopting the operational plan

Public consultation ran from 27 February to 27 March 2016 on Shape Auckland, in line with our annual plan submissions period.

We received written submissions directly from key stakeholders and the Tūpuna Maunga Authority held a hui on 10 April 2017 to hear oral submissions.

We received a total of 95 submissions.

The Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan will be tabled for approval and adoption at the Tūpuna Maunga Authority hui on 2 June 2017.

Following that, our governing body will approve the council's annual plan 2017-2018, including a summary of the Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan, on 29 June 2017.

Access on Tūpuna Maunga

The access times to the Tūpuna Maunga are:

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

Season changes align to daylight savings.

Maungawhau/Mt Eden

Changes to vehicle access from early January 2016

For mana whenua, the tihi (summit) has always been a place to be treated with respect and reverence.

Today it is loved by all visitors as a place for quiet reflection and connection.

To honour these values and create an enhanced, safer experience for pedestrians and cyclists, the Maungawhau tihi has been returned to a space free of motor vehicles.

The Maungawhau tihi is closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters

Pedal bicycles can use the road to the tihi. Cyclists are reminded to keep to the speed limit and be mindful of pedestrians.

Limited mobility access

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 to drive to the top in your own car vehicle.

Automated vehicle bollards at the entrance to the summit road can be lowered by keying in an access code. When you exit the summit road, the bollards will automatically lower.

To obtain an access code, please phone Auckland Council on 09 379 1340 on the day of your visit.

Leases on Tūpuna Maunga

If you have any questions regarding your lease on the maunga please email

Events on Tūpuna Maunga

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is the decision-maker for all applications for events on the Tūpuna Maunga.

Under the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act, the Maunga Authority must, in making such decisions, have regard to:

  • the spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance of the maunga to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau; and
  • the maunga being held by Mana Whenua for the common benefit of Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and the other people of Auckland

In order to respect these values, the potential impact of all proposed events on the Tūpuna Maunga will be considered by the Maunga Authority.

If you are considering undertaking an event on one of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, an event permit is required.

An "event" is defined as any organised event on the maunga that has event related infrastructure and/or more than 50 people. This includes community picnics and ceremonies.

To enquire about the event categories, permitting timeframes and fees and to apply for an event permit please email

Filming on Tūpuna Maunga

A filming and/or commercial still photography permit is required for filming and commercial still photography on the maunga regardless of nature, scale and location.

To apply for a filming or photography permit and enquire about the permit fee, see Filming in Auckland.

More information on Tūpuna Maunga

If you have any questions about any of the information provided on these pages, contact the acting lead officer for the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority: