This walk around Mt Eden takes you along the road and smaller tracks up and around the summit and crater, to give you an idea of the immense size of this volcano.
Quick facts about this walk
|Walk time:||approx. 60 minutes|
|Distance:||about 4.74 kms|
|Caution:||Muddy and slippery when wet.|
|Difficulty:||A mix of level paths and steep paths/steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. May require boots in wet weather. Sturdy shoes required to cope with loose gravel, tree roots and small rocks|
|Highlight:||Volcano crater, Auckland City views, Waitemata Harbour views and the Waitakere Hills|
|Dog Friendly:||Off Leash dog Exercise area|
|Facilities:||There is a good sized childrens playground (and a flying fox). And Mt Eden village offers a good choice of cafes.|
Auckland Friends of Maungawhau have kept up with planting native trees so that in time, the mountain will have improved heritage protection.
Since our last visit, the work undertaken on the water reservoir has been completed, so we have added an extra optional loop to take in a bigger view of Auckland City and the harbour.
Map location and how to find Mt Eden Walk Circuit
Highlights Mt Eden Walk Circuit
This very popular visitor’s site gives fine views of Eden Park (home of the All Black’s Rugby Team), the Waitakere Ranges, Rangitoto Island, Mt Victoria, North Head, Mt Hobson and more.
There is a good sized children’s playground (and a flying fox). And Mt Eden village offers a good choice of cafes.
Description Mt Eden Walk Circuit
A mix of level paths and steep paths/steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. May require boots in wet weather. Sturdy shoes required to cope with loose gravel, tree roots and small rocks. Caution: Muddy and slippery when wet.
Photos from my walk along the Mt Eden Walk Circuit
Area and history of Mt Eden
Just 5 km from downtown 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 1950s Mt Eden was used by the New Zealand post office for radio communications. There were two buildings on Mt Eden, one building housed transmitting equipment, while the other housed receiving equipment.
In 2017 the road was closed to all vehicles.