Located on the border between the suburbs of Mt Eden and Epsom, lies Maungawhau, the original name for Mt Eden and one the most famous landmarks in Auckland. Maungawhau means "Hill or mountain of the Whau plant" and the name Mt Eden is in honour of George Eden, the first Earl of Auckland. Whau refers to a small native tree of New Zealand. This volcano's summit is the highest on the Auckland isthmus - 196 above sea level - which provides panorama views over Auckland and the Waitemata Harbour. This was one of the reasons why Maungawhau was chosen by Maori as a strategically defensible fortress. More than 1.2 million people and 270,000 vehicles visit this volcano every year. Maungawhau has a complicated scoria cone structure with 3 main craters in a row. Basaltic lava covered an area of 5.6 square kilometres. Groundwater which soaks through the porous basaltic lava flows, resurfaces at Western Springs. For images of places in and around Auckland, go to : Aotearoa Cam or click on Archived Pages
Book Mt Eden Restaurants online with Time2Dine. Photos, special deals, menus and wine lists. We even have Zoomin maps for the restaurants listed. Thanks Zoomin.
aquadeli, located at 4/66 Mt Eden Road, is New Zealand's first concept store for fine mineral and spring waters. They stock waters from around New Zealand and over twelve other countries, many not available anywhere else. Examples include Weta, from Mt Tongariro National Park, Berg from Newfoundland and Lauquen from Patagonia. Well worth a visit, and if you are planning on climbing Mt Eden a great place to drop into to pick up some water before you make the climb to the summit. And they can advise the best place for dinner or where else to visit while you are in the country. Very friendly people!