Which suburb in Auckland houses one of the highest natural points in all of Auckland? If you answered “Mt Eden”, then you sure know your Auckland attractions. Visit Mount Eden (located in Mt Eden), and take in spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding city from the dormant volcano.
Mt Eden is a vibrant community, approximately five kilometres south of the Auckland CBD. The Mt Eden Village Centre at its heart boasts many cafés, small shops, and restaurants, cementing its popularity with locals and tourists, alike. Best of all, it’s easy to get to by public transport.
Exploring Mt Eden Village
Mt Eden is chock full of character and heritage. Many of the village’s original buildings remain today. It’s a pleasure to stroll around the tree-lined streets, admiring the leafy trees that border the Californian and English bungalows, built during the 1870s to 1930s.
If nature is more your cup of tea, the 5.5 acre award-winning Eden Gardens is a great way for some flora and fauna sightseeing. Enjoy the native New Zealand plants and birds with the sound of waterfalls in the background, while taking in the magnificent views of the city and harbour.
Mt Eden Restaurants and Shopping
Specialty food shops may be few and far between in many rural areas, but Mt Eden Village is well known for their long-standing gourmet stores.
The Mt Eden Village Fish Shop has been passed down for three generations and serves some of the best fish and chips in Auckland.
For some fresh meat and produce, Mt Eden Traditional Butchery has more than half a century’s worth of experience in selling quality cuts, while K.C Loo Fruit and Vegetables has been serving the village for almost the same amount of time!
Climb the summit to Mt Eden Domain
If you’re after the million dollar view, Mount Eden, or Mt Eden Domain, towers over the city at 196 metres high. It’s the perfect outlook for some truly breathtaking Auckland sightseeing. That in itself should be tempting enough to be on the top of your list of things to see in Auckland.
Incredible views aside, how many of your friends or family can claim that they stood on the edge of an old volcano crater? Well, here’s your chance to outshine everyone. Mount Eden’s main feature is its cone – a grass covered crater that is an impressive fifty metres deep.
While on your heritage walk around the area, or at the summit, keep your eye out for Tamki Hikoi hosts. Every day between 9am and 5pm, they share their knowledge about the maunga (mountain) with you.
Entrances to the park via Mt Eden Road and Tahaki Drive open at 7am each morning, and close at 11pm each night.
Getting to Mt Eden
Mt Eden Village is easy to get to with two available bus services – a fast commuter service, and a scenic route that takes you around key destinations and suburbs, in and around Auckland. Look for the 274 or 277 Metro bus, or the Bright Red or Green City LINK and Inner LINK services.
For drivers, Mt Eden Village is a short 15-minute drive from Auckland Airport, and 5 minutes from downtown Auckland.
After a long day of fun and sightseeing at Mt Eden, why not kick back and take a much deserved rest at one of Best Western’s hotels?