Mt Eden in Auckland

New Zealand


Mt Eden is one of the about 50 small volcanoes in Auckland, all of which have erupted in the last 250,000 years, with the majority of these volcanoes erupted 10-40,000 years ago, and the two youngest are Mt Wellington at about 9000 years old and Rangitoto (see photo below as seen from Mt Eden), which erupted in the middle of the Waitemata Harbour just 600 years ago. It was named by William Hobson (1792-1842), the first Governor of New Zealand, after the name of his naval superior George Eden (1836-1842).The Maori name of Mt Eden is Maungawhau ('hill of the whau tree'). Mt Eden is one of the highest of these small volcanoes or scoria cones in Auckland. Its elongate shape consists of two coverlapping craters which erupted in close succession about 19,000 years ago (see the photos below). Mt Eden is a must-see view for tourists visiting Aucklande as this is the highest natural point on the Auckland isthmus where visitors can have panoramic view of the whole Auckland city and the North Shore City in a distance.

Cameron, E., Hayword, B., & Murdoch, G. (2008). A field guide to Auckland: Exploring the region's natural and historic heritage.Auckland: Godwit.
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Car Access from Mt Eden Road but Soon Not Allowed for Protection

Obelisk First Erected in 1872 and Re-erected in 1933 (See next...)

Rangitoto Island across the Waitemata Harbour (Youngest Volcano in Auckland)

Crater and Rim Track

Mt Maungawhau Crater
Maori's Sacred Site

Bird's Eye View of Auckland CBD with Sky Tower and North Shore City on the North

Looking North-west: City View and West of the Waitemata Harbour

Looking South: City View and Manukau Harbour on Far End

Wiki photo of Mt Eden


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