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Tram Shelter

Tram Shelter

The tram passenger shelter at the entrance to Mt Eden Domain was built around 1910. Toilets were added prior to 1929.

Above the tram shelter is Te Ngutu (The Lips), one of the ceremonial entrances to Maungawhau pa. It is one of a number of hierarchical entrances that lead to the highly defended tihi or summit. Near here also are ceremonial altars where the ritual observances of Te Ao Maori are practiced.

From the 1870s a reservoir on top of the mountain improved the Auckland water supply. In 1929 during the construction of a new reservoir, the wall of the existing reservoir collapsed spewing 3,500 tons of water down the mountain.

Mt Eden offers a wonderful vantage point and around 1869 a road to the summit was thought to have been built for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh. In order to protect the volcanic cone 27 hectares forming the Mt Eden Domain was set aside as crown land in the 1870s. During the 1920s access was improved with the laying of paths and steps to the summit. In 1927 a tea kiosk was erected on the mountain to serve the many visitors who made the trek up Mt Eden. The kiosk was surrounded by rose gardens planted during the depression of the 1930s. The mountain remains a popular tourist attraction.

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