Mt. Eden/Maungawhau is the highest natural point in mainland Auckland, and at 196 metres, is the second largest volcano in the Auckland area behind Rangitoto Island.
The slopes of the volcano were once densely populated by Māori. Mt. Eden was a significant fortified pā, large enough to offer refuge for several hundred Maori people. Extensive earthworks modified the steep upper slopes of the cone.
Getting to the top
As of 2016, it is no longer possible to drive to the summit of Mt. Eden (except for those with limited mobility). Once you arrive at Mt. Eden, you can walk to the summit in around 10 minutes, depending on your level of fitness. The crater is a sacred place, and at no times should anyone try to enter it.
Mt. Eden is one of the best places to get a view of the Auckland skyline. The northern side of the crater is the closest part to the city, and from here you can get impressive photos of the skyscrapers with Waitemata Harbour.