NileGuide Expert Says:
Also known as "Maungawhau" - the "mountain of the whau tree. Mt Eden provides some of the best views across the city, however, tour buses are no longer allowed to drive to the top, and instead must stop halfway, in order to prevent degradation of the mountain.
Mount Eden Road
1003 Auckland, New Zealand
tel: +64 9 979 7070
NileGuide Expert tip:
Keep your eyes open as you ascend to the top of the cone. There are several cows and some sheep out grazing in the common area. A true kiwi photo opportunity if there ever was one.
A trip to Auckland should always start with a journey to the top of Mt. Eden known in Maori as Maungawhau (mountain of the Whau tree). It is the highest natural point in Auckland and allows you to begin to understand its geography. Make your way to the top and marvel at the view. You will soon appreciate the fact that Auckland is an isthmus, as you see water in just about every direction. Before you get too carried away with the view, look into the crater. You will notice that the land is still slightly stepped as it used to be a Maori Pa for many years, providing the food for the local tribe. You can then easily get a feel for your directions. Find the Sky Tower and the CBD and you will establish north. Look further out into Devonport and Mt. Victoria. As you look west, you'll see the Waitakere ranges. To the South is legendary Eden Park, arguably the most famous rugby ground in the world (they play a bit of cricket there as well, but to much less fanfare). Look East and you see the beaches of Mission Bay and onto the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Once you've taken in the scenery and got your bearings you're set to continue your Auckland experience.