Maungawhau means ‘hill of the whau tree’, and is an enormous Māori pā – a citadel built for thousands of inhabitants. A dormant volcano, the summit rises to 196m above sea level and is the highest natural point in Auckland. Beautiful views across all directions can be seen from the summit, and due to the spiritual and cultural significance of the maunga to Māori, and for pedestrian safety, the summit road was permanently closed to most vehicles in 2011, with the exception of people with limited mobility.
Boardwalks are open around the crater rim, to protect the pā tūāpapa (terraces) and rua kūmara (kūmara storage pits) on the summit’s upper slopes.
LyLo Auckland is located only 15 minutes away. Book a pod or private room here and get your Auckland adventure underway.
What you can expect
- Join a guided tour for a glimpse into former Māori settlement.
- On the elevated northern hill is a viewing deck, perfect for your Instagram…
- The 5.5 acre award winning garden on the side of Mount Eden is gorgeous.