About the path
Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert erupted around 120,000 years ago. This maunga (mountain) was one of many important Māori pā (fortified village settlement) in the region. Ōwairaka means ‘the place of Wairaka’. Another name is Te Ahi kā a Rakataura which means the long burning fire of Rakataura.
The maunga was partially quarried, which reduced the height of the scoria cone by 15m. Water reservoirs were also added. This activity destroyed almost all historic remnants of the pā, though it remains a place of significance to Māori and an important archaeological site. Tread with care; keep to formed paths and avoid walking on the slopes.
From the loop road and the tihi (summit) you will enjoy expansive views across Auckland and to nearby maunga.
Be mindful of archery clubs practicing in the field at the centre of the maunga.
Ownership of Ōwairaka / Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura / Mt Albert has been returned to mana whenua as part of a 2014 Treaty of Waitangi redress. To recognise the cultural significance of the maunga and to make it safer for pedestrians, vehicles are restricted on the loop road.
There are four pedestrian access points:
- Summit Drive (main entrance)
- Toroa Terrace
- Mount Royal Avenue
- La Veta Avenue.