Maungawhau (Mt Eden)
Mount Eden (Maungawhau, the 'Mountain of the Whau tree' in Māori) is the name of a scoria cone and surrounding suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. The mountain is the second highest natural point in the whole of the Auckland region. The English name honours George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland.
Maungawhau is Auckland’s highest volcanic cone (196m) the entire isthmus and both harbours are laid bare. The symmetrical crater (50m deep) is known as Te Ipu Kai a Mataaho (the Food Bowl of Mataaho, the god of things hidden in the ground) and is highly tapu (sacred). Please do not enter it, but feel free to explore the remainder of the mountain. The remains of pa terraces and storage pits are clearly visible.
Auckland Council, along with mana whenua and volunteer group the Friends of Maungawhau, is working to preserve and protect Maungawhau-Mt Eden through better management and revegetation strategies, to improve heritage protection, enjoyment and safety.
Between 9am and 5pm every day of the week, you may encounter Tamaki Hikoi hosts at the summit or driving the Maungawhau shuttle, who will be able to share their rich knowledge about the maunga (mountain) with you.
You can drive to the very top or you can join the legions of fitness freaks jogging or trudging up. Tour buses are banned from the summit, jump on the Manugawhau shuttle which transports passengers to the top from the car park on the lower slopes.
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Once a quarry, now an award winning garden of international status with an extensive collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. Eden Garden is a 2.2 hectare garden complex on the eastern slopes of the maunga (entrance from Omana Ave).
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Mt Eden Village Centre
This beautiful Methodist Village Church located in the heart of Mt Eden Village was built in 1900, to a design by architect Arthur Herbert White. It is constructed in a "timber gothic" style, with tall arched windows surrounded by timber hoods, timber towers and timber buttresses and has delightful stain glass windows. The Sunday School Hall was built 10 years later in 1910. Various alterations to the buildings over the years have resulted in relatively minor changes in their appearance.
In 2008 renovations began on the Church and Sunday School Hall that included the construction of a new service building linking the two buildings together. The restoration project was massive and eagerly looked observed by the local community. The project took place involved support from the then Auckland City Council, the Methodist Church and local community. At the completion of the renovation the Mt Eden Methodist Church Charitable Trust was formed bringing together the three parties operating as a private public arrangement and the trust which represented all 3 parties now runs the day to day operation.
Today this fantastic facility is here to support the community and encourage participation in a range of activities, programmes and events. The facility can be hired for functions, exhibitions, promotions and events. This majestic church building with turn of the century restored architecture, stain glass windows and a church organ that fills the space with music now boasts a fully equipped kitchen and modern bath facilities.
Mt Eden Village Community Gardens
This is a dynamic community garden in the heart of Mt Eden where locals grow local organic food. This space brings together art, recreation, and educational activities not only for its members but also for the general public. These healthy recreational opportunities that engage mind and body are accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Our community garden is a showcase for urban sustainability by composting green waste on-site, capturing rainwater for water conservation and implementing other zero-waste initiatives.
Everyone is welcome on Sundays from 2pm - 4:30pm. Gardening equipment is provided, BYO gloves.
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Nicolson Park is located at the end of Poronui St and is home to a variety of community and sports groups, Auckland Normal Intermediate School, Auckland University Education unit, green reserve land and landmarks of historical significance.
At the end of Poronui St is the enterance to Auckland Normal Intermedate School and the memorial gates. When the gates were built this was the Auckland Teachers Training Collage which was established in 1881. The gates were are a memorial to teachers (who were also past students of the college) who made the supreme sacrifice during both World Wars.
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Located in Nicholson Park are:
Mt Eden Tennis Club – www.mtedentennis.co.nz
Auckland Normal Intermediate School - ani.school.nz/
Nicholson Park Tennis Courts – open to the public (Google map)
Mt Eden Bowling Club – www.mtedenbowlingclub.co.nz
Gifford Gallery NZ Fellowship of Artists – www.nzfellowshipofartists.9f.com
Mt Eden Playcentre – www.playcentre.org.nz/playcentreDetail.php?id=31&assocID=2
Mt Eden Community Gardens - www.mecg.co.nz
Essex Rd Reserve
A quite little patch of green grass in the middle of Mt Eden Village and not too far from the main road and the shops. A hiden gem with park benches, a playgound, art and mature trees to shade under. This little place is close to the main road but far away to provide peace and tranqulity. This is a great place where the locals come to eat their lunch, friends meet and of couse kids play. If you want some fresh air and a space where you can talk and chat without having to compete with the noise from the barista Essex Reserve is it.
This is also the venue of many Mt Eden Village events including Halloween which is held on the Saturday before Oct 31 and the Christmas Tree Decorating Feista held on the first Saturday in December each year. Essex Reserve is also the home of Artists in Eden, an annual event held in the third Saturday in March.
So next time you are in Mt Eden Village venture into Essex Rd, Ngauruhoe St or Newnham Lane and take a walk on the green grass.
Essex Reserve is home for a very well used playgound contining swings, slides and whirley ride. It's all great fun, designed for the wee ones but also caters for the mums and dads. There are plenty of bench seats, soft green grass and plenty of shade under the mature trees.
Heritage information + link to Mt Eden heritage walk information
Tamaki Makaurau, the Auckland isthmus, is renowned throughout Aotearoa as having the most formidable and elaborately fortified pa in Aotearoa – New Zealand. Maungawhau (Mt Eden) formed part of a network of pa together with Te Whau (Blockhouse Bay) to the west, Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) to the south and Maungarei (Mt Wellington) to the east that saw Tamaki Makaurau become the most populous and thriving centre of Maori civilization, with Maungawhau itself home to thousands.
The ancient volcanic cone fortress became the citadel of Te Hua Kai Waka, a rangatira who united the various tribes of the Tamaki Isthmus under the confederation known as Te Waiohua. Under his reign, Tamaki saw an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity that lead to the saying, ‘Te pai me te whai rawa o Tamaki’, ‘The wealth and luxury of Tamaki’.
Each of these trails will take approximately 40 minutes to walk. They explore different themes of historical development in the area from the 1840s onwards.
The walks include:
Mt Eden Village Walk – early development of the village, including historic churches, businesses, schools, and development of the retail and social core.
Mt Eden Neighbourhood Walk – residential subdivision and architectural styles, excursions to Mt Eden, early churches, administration and Mt Eden Primary School.
Eden Valley Shopping Centre and Neighbourhood Walk – development of Dominion Road, early businesses, architectural styles, residential development and transport.
Mt Eden Industrial Area Walk – early industry in the area, Mt Eden Prison, the Quarry, and the Colonial Ammunition Company. This area includes a number of buildings and sites that are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust or scheduled in the operative District Plan as being of heritage value.
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