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Mount Eden

Take a walking trail that visits a volcano crater, a 19th-century prison and the historic buildings of this quaint village.

Mount Eden is rich with pre- and post-colonial history. The suburb lies on the side of an extinct volcano, and the area was important to both the Maori people and British settlers. It was once used as a “pa,” a Maori defensive citadel. Terraced steps that were cut into the side of the volcano are visible today, and Maori rituals are still performed on this important cultural site.

Mount Eden is Auckland’s tallest volcano, at about 640 feet (196 meters) above sea level. The 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater at the top can be accessed by walking trails, car and shuttle bus from the Mount Eden kiosk. Enjoy the views of Auckland and the surrounding landscape from the mountain top.

European settlers began to move into the area in about 1840, using the land for small farms. Churches, houses, shops and schools, many of which still exist in the Mount Eden Village, were built in the early 20th century. The village is a creative hub where many artists, writers and photographers work and live. Visit one of the galleries and stop for a coffee in bohemian-style cafés and restaurants.

Explore the area on foot to discover charming streets and heritage-listed buildings. History buffs will love Mount Eden’s English-style prison, which was built in stages between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Prisoners hauled stones from the nearby quarry for the prison’s wall. Architecturally, the prison resembles England’s famous Dartmoor Prison.

Wander through Eden Garden for a colorful display of native New Zealand plants and flowers spread out over 5.5 acres (2.2 hectares). Volcanic rocks here are not only decorative, but also serve as solar heaters for tropical plants.

Regular buses run to Mount Eden from central Auckland. There are private garages and metered street parking for those who come by car.


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Hilton Auckland ¥17,519
Hilton Auckland

Hilton Auckland

Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from New Zealand National Maritime Museum and Princes Wharf. Auckland Ferry Terminal and Viaduct Harbour are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    SkyCity Hotel ¥14,668
    SkyCity Hotel

    SkyCity Hotel

    Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky City Casino, Sky Tower, and SkyCity Casino. SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre and Queen Street Shopping District are also within 5 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group ¥16,076
      Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

      Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

      83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. University of Auckland and Auckland City Hospital are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.

        Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City ¥8,700
        Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City

        Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City

        2 Day Street, Auckland, Auckland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Newton, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 21 minutes by foot and Auckland Britomart Station is 25 minutes.

          The Edgerley Suites ¥10,834
          The Edgerley Suites

          The Edgerley Suites

          14-16 Edgerley Avenue, Auckland, Auckland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Auckland, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eden Garden and Mt. Eden. Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Domain are also within 2 mi (3 km). Auckland Newmarket Station is 10 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 19 minutes.

            Ascotia off Queen ¥4,731
            Ascotia off Queen

            Ascotia off Queen

            3 Scotia Place, Auckland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Newton, this hotel is steps from Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Sky Tower and Aotea Centre are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 19 minutes by foot and Auckland Britomart Station is 20 minutes.

              The Grand by SkyCity ¥17,409
              The Grand by SkyCity

              The Grand by SkyCity

              90 Federal Street, Auckland
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre ¥6,655
                Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre

                Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre

                16 Alpers Avenue, Newmarket, Auckland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Auckland, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eden Garden and Mt. Eden. Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland City Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). Auckland Newmarket Station is 12 minutes by foot and Auckland Remuera Station is 17 minutes.