Did you know Auckland is actually SURROUNDED by volcanoes? Before you freak out about hiking to the Mount Eden summit you’ll be relieved to know that these days they’re all dormant. The volcanic cones have now taken on the form of giant green hills and make for some incredible viewpoints. The most famous is Mount Eden Park in Auckland and you can actually walk right up it from the city center. Not only does it make for a fun day trip, but it’s also the best view New Zealand’s largest city!
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Getting to Mount Eden Park
Mount Eden is not in the city center but it’s only a short drive away. If you don’t have a car an Uber taxi is affordable and will only take 10-15 minutes to get there. You can also take the 25 or 22 bus from Auckland CBD as an alternative option.
We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day to visit Mount Eden Park so decided to walk from the city. Honestly, it’s not that special of a walk, but we didn’t mind the extra hour long stroll through the outskirts of Auckland.
Mount Eden Auckland & More Volcanos
As we previously mentioned, Mount Eden is not the only Auckland Volcano. In fact, the city is built on a volcanic field with 53 of these massive craters! Once you get atop Mount Eden Auckland you will have a 360 degree view of many other mounds popping up around the city.
This was so mind blowing to us! Rangitoto Island is the largest of the bunch, and last erupted over 600 years ago. There are also two great volcano hikes just across the bay in Devonport if you’re keen on making a day trip by boat.
Hiking to Mount Eden Summit
Depending on which way you’re coming from there are several trails up to the Mount Eden summit. Although it may look imposing from afar, the Mount Eden hike only takes about 15-20 minutes. Take your time strolling the semi-steep walking path and enjoy the views on your way up.
Once we got our first look at the Mount Eden crater we were completely stunned! The hole was massive, but completely covered in bright green New Zealand grass. From the far side of the volcano you’ll get an epic view of Auckland skyline and the outer suburbs stretching as far as you can see.
Where To Stay in Auckland
Ultra Luxury – Hilton Auckland – Located at the end of the Princess Wharf, this luxury hotel has everything you need to enjoy your stay in Auckland. Take in the sweeping views of the city harbor, dining at FISH restaurant, and swim in the outdoor pool during your visit.
Fun Vacation – Fable Auckland MGallery – Built in 1928, this boutique hotel in the heart of Auckland will be the perfect spot to explore the city’s best attractions from. All rooms come with Smart TV, high speed Wifi, and famous Queen Street right at your doorstep.
Hostel Life – Attic Backpackers – This backpackers sanctuary is located on the top floor of its building overlooking Wellesley Street. The laid back environment and knowledgable staff will make for a great stay, whether you choose the dorms or private room.
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