Otuataua Stonefields is located in South Auckland near the suburb of Mangere. Although it is just 10 minutes from where one million people live, the Stonefields are a very quiet and peaceful area. We didn’t see another soul here.
One of the city’s last volcanic fields, The landscape is empty and rocky- a stark reminder of Auckland’s volcanic past.
Going through the fields you can find lush long grass, picturesque hills and rolling meadows. In addition to the views of the sweeping Manukau Harbour. From the edge of the Stonefields you can get a glimpse of significant Auckland Icons- Mt Eden, Rangitoto Island and the Sky Tower.
You will find three main walks, all with their own unique features.
We spent most of our time on the Botanical walk, hence the majority of our photos are from this area.
Farming has occurred here for centuries. From both Maori and Europeans. This walk shows you what has been left behind from people. It also gives you an insight as to how these people lived and worked on the land.
Stonefields has a great botanical presence. The area has some of the few remaining pockets of native vegetation in the greater Auckland region, as well as exotic plant species introduced by the European settlers. Along this walk, you will also see the remains of both Maori and European gardening and farming areas.
This walk will explore the reserve’s unique geology. All three volcanoes are thought to have been part of the same eruption event about 20,000 years ago. Today scoria rock and lava bombs from these eruptions are still evident throughout the reserve.
How to get there:
The carpark is on Ihumatao Quarry Road in Mangere
35 mins from Auckland CBD
There are 3 different walks- all around 35 minutes
- Stunning view of Manukau Harbour
- Walk through one of Auckland’s last volcanic fields
Need to Know:
The reserve is a sacred place to Te Wai O Hua and Waikato Iwi. Please be respectful while visiting.
It is requested that you do not consume food on the reserve. Although water bottles are acceptable.
Walking on the top of Puketaapapa volcano is prohibited. Follow the walk marker posts around the northern side.
Dogs are allowed.