15,000 years ago there used to be three scoria mounds; the result of Auckland’s largest explosion crater measuring 800 metres across and 200 metres deep.

big king vocano cones

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: approx. 45 minutes
Distance: about 3.45 kms
Start: Main carpark off Duke Street (off Mt Eden Road)
Track: A mix of level paths, steep paths and steps.
Difficulty: Moderate fitness. Caution: muddy and slippery paths when wet. Sturdy shoes recommended.
Buggies/Wheelchairs: Not wheel-friendly
Dog Friendly: Yes –there is off leash exercise area
Highlights: Volcanoes, gravel pit, parks and playgrounds, 1960’s state housing. Wonderful views of Manukau Harbour, South Head and the Waitakere Hills. Count the number of volcanoes you can see.
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The lava flow from this volcanic center overflowed into a 10 kilometer ‘river’ that terminated at Meola Reef at the Waitemata Harbour.

This circular walk in Auckland takes us to the top of what remains of the volcano, parks and playgrounds with views of Mount Eden, One Tree Hill, Rangitoto, Manukau Harbour and the City skyline.

Big King Reserve is a favourite place for dog lovers as this is a dog friendly walk with an off-leash exercise area.

Suggested cafes:

  1. Orvieto, (dog friendly) Mt Eden Road
  2. Just Like Martha (further south down Mt Eden Road towards Mt Albert Road)

Both cafes serve great coffee and tasty food.

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