After returning to the apartment from the long Mission Bay walk, Phillip and I decided to follow the advice of our Airbnb host, Harley, and walk down to Mt. Eden, which is one of over 40 volcanic cones that can be found across New Zealand and is located about two and a half miles south of the Central Business District. This is the highest point in the Auckland region, offering stunning views of the whole area as you will see. But first, we had to get there. Along the way, we passed by an old prison, which appeared to still be in use. It was fascinating as it looked like a small castle.
Before beginning our climb up to the top, we came across a park that had a small zipline to ride. Of course we couldn't just walk by without giving it a try! (Please excuse the moment of bad language on my part as I almost dropped my phone).
We then began to make our way to the top of the hill, which included a nice walk up a few paths to get there.
As you make your way up, you start to see just how much of the area you will actually be able to see as you continue higher.
Of course, the best views come from the very top, which is where the crater of the dormant volcano can be seen. The crater is restricted from entry, yet you can still get a sense of how deep and steep it is just by looking at it.
At the highest point, there is a platform with a marker. This was the area in which the first European Explorers who came to New Zealand used to survey the surrounding land, since it was higher than any other point.
As for the view from the top, all I can say is that it was stunning! What really stuck out to me was the way the other volcanic caps kind of stuck out like random hills surrounded by developed neighborhoods. It also gave a great view of Auckland's Central Business District.
It also gave a great vantage point for some of Auckland's more recognizable landmarks, such as One Tree Hill, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland Sky Tower, Eden Park (the stadium) and Rangitoto Island.
You could even see part of the path that we took on our way to Mission Bay. This was definitely a day for a lot of walking!
Mount Eden is the place to go for great views, and certainly worth a stop here when exploring Auckland!
Up next, it's on to Manukau City to visit the first theme park of our trip, Rainbow's End!
See more of 2016 New Zealand & Australia Trip:
1: Arriving in New Zealand / 2: Walk to Mission Bay / 3 : Mount Eden / 4: Rainbow's End / 5: Arrival in Sydney /
6: Mrs. Macquarie's Point / 7: Sydney's Luna Park / 8: Sydney Habour Bridge & Rocks Tour /
9: Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour / 10: Walking Through Cairns / 11: Green Island & The Great Barrier Reef /
12: Warner Bros. Movie World / 13: Australia Zoo / 14: Aussie World / 15: Sea World & Wet'n'Wild / 16: Alice Springs /
17: Kings Park & Indian Ocean / 18: Fremantle / 19: Perth CBD & Elizabeth Quay / 20: Adventure World /
21: Walking Through Melbourne / 22: Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda / 23: Victoria Parliament / 24: Back to Auckland