Mt Eden Volcano Walk

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The Mt Eden walk is an easy 2k walk that will take you around 1 hour to complete. Just 5 km from down town Auckland it’s the highest volcano in Auckland on Mt Eden. The last eruption was about 15,000 years ago, leaving a crater 50Mt deep. Walk to the top of Mt Eden Volcano, there you’ll get a 360° view of Auckland so long as the rain stays away. If you can’t be bothered walking up to the summit, then take the Auckland City 3 Hour Tour which includes Mt Eden.

If you enjoyed the view from Mt Eden, then you’ll totally love the amazing views from the top of the Sky Tower. If you’re the adventurous type then try the SkyWalk from the Sky Tower, that’ll knock your socks off! For the totally mad do the SkyJump off the Sky Tower!

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 2 km
        • Time needed: 1 Hour
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: One Way
        • Elevation: 196m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    If you feel like a good half day hike, catch a bus from Newmarket shopping centre up Mt Eden Road to the main gate. Walk to the top of Mt Eden for a fantastic view of Auckland City then walk down hill back to Newmarket, calling into all the cafes along the way.

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    You are in the heart of Auckland City

  • Area & Track History

    Just 5 km from down town Auckland it is the highest volcano in Auckland. The last eruption was about 15,000 years ago leaving a crater 50m deep. Around 1870, farmland was subdivided into small suburban plots. In the 1950’s Mt Eden was used by the New Zealand post office for radio communications. There were two building on Mt Eden, one building housed transmitting equipment, while the other housed receiving equipment. In 2017 the road was closed to all vehicles.

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  • Map location of Mt Eden Volcano Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Stunning views from the summit of Mt Eden on this excellent short walk in Auckland

This walk up Mt Eden takes you along the road and smaller tracks to the summit and crater, check out the immense size of this volcano. It is possible to walk down into the crater, its just grass. Take a rest on one of the bench seats and look out across to Rangitoto Island. You’ll see the Auckland Harbour Bridge and amazing Sky Tower along with the full sky line of downtown Auckland city.

Point 2: Best short tours and sightseeing in Auckland

We’ve handpicked the best things to do in Auckland while you’re walking around the city. A visit to the Sky Tower is a must, you’ll get the best views of Auckland there. Or visit Hobbiton movie set for the day from Auckland, it’s an awesome short day tour. Take the fast ferry to the beautiful island of Waiheke, there are lots of great walking tracks here. Plus excellent wines and cafes to enjoy! Or just keep it simple and go to the Auckand zoo or the Auckland Museum in the domain or see the fish at Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, all are great fun. You can book any of these below.

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