Climb a Volcano
Where else can you climb a volcano in the middle of a city, Mt Eden is the highest natural point and is high on our list of things to do in Auckland. Located around 10 minutes from the CBD the steep(ish) climb to the top will reward you with 360-degree views of the city, seemingly endless on a clear day. This volcano last erupted around 15,000 years ago and its 50-meter crater was until the 1700’s was used by the Maoris as a village. You can see the remains of terracing and food pits in the sides of the crater. There are half a dozen paths that head up to the top from different directions – some only taking around 10 minutes to reach the summit (dependent on your fitness level). Previously cars could drive all the way to the top but a vehicle ban was put in place in 2017 out of respect for the historical importance of the area and over fears of erosion. Those not physically able to walk to the top can request special permissions to use the road. Once you have admired the view, take some time to explore the 5.5 acres Eden Garden on the side of Mt Eden or if the weather isn’t that great head down into the village/suburb and warm up in one of the many cafes.