Climb Auckland’s Volcanoes

Need a new challenge or want a unique way to explore Auckland? Climb all of Auckland’s Volcanoes, our maunga, to truly be an explore of Tamaki Makaurau.

Our volcanoes – maunga – are one of the things that make our landscape so unique; they also hold huge historical, spiritual and cultural significance to Auckland Māori.

For over 100,000 years Auckland’s volcanoes have been breaking open all over Tamaki Makaurau.

The familiar harbors surrounding Auckland were instead the “Manukau” and “Waitemata” Rivers. Several of the volcanoes which are now harbor inlets (Orakei Basin, Panmure Basin) or islands (Puketutu) actually erupted on to dry land.

The beautiful parks, reserves and open spaces in just about every suburb of Auckland are a vivid legacy of Auckland’s fiery and explosive past.

Thousands of years ago, a turbulent Auckland Volcanic Field threw up at least 50 cones of varying shapes and sizes, leaving a landscape of hills, valleys and basins. Today, as we walk, drive and cycle around our city, the landscape is a constant reminder of that ancient violent activity.

Pre-European Māori inhabitants of the isthmus saw Auckland’s cones as a wonderful natural asset. They provided defensive positions and refuge in times of danger, and the rich soil was ideal for cultivation. Estimates indicate Auckland supported several thousand residents, living on and around all the hill pā on the isthmus, with kumara plantations covering nearby fertile land.

Later, Pākehā settlers also saw the value of the volcanoes, quarrying the scoria cones and lava flows for material for buildings and civic structures like roads, walls, private and public buildings, and kerbstones – still a familiar feature of Auckland streets.
While some of the volcanoes have been irreparably damaged or even erased completely, most of those remaining are now preserved, and today Aucklanders enjoy easy access to the reserves, parks and walks on these maunga.

As they are important sites of historical, cultural and archaeological significance, visitors should be careful to keep to formed paths and tracks, and to avoid walking on or through sensitive features like the slopes, craters and obvious features, such as historic pits.

Below is the list of Auckland’s voncaoes. Many can be driven to, some involve a short walk and at least two need to be kayaked to. These being Rangitoto and Motukorea / Browns island.

VolcanoesAge (thousand years)HeightLocation (Coordinates)RefsImages
Albert Park Volcano145Unclear36.8507°S 174.7675°E[22] 
Ash Hill30.530 metres (98 ft)37.002754°S 174.867545°E  
Boggust Park Crater1305 metres (16 ft)36.955413°S 174.813552°E[1] 
Cemetery CraterUnknown33 metres (108 ft)36.989828°S 174.841082°E[1] 
Crater Hill30.5 36.986546°S 174.827135°E  
Grafton Volcano100 36.858440°S 174.763624°E  
Hampton ParkUnknown35 metres (115 ft)36.950925°S 174.89544°E  
Kohuora30.5 36.97873°S 174.842691°E  
Mangere Lagoon50 36.95702°S 174.77763°E  
Matanginui/Green Mount2078 metres (256 ft)36.939911°S 174.898267°E  
Matukutureia/McLaughlins Mountain5073 metres (240 ft)37°00′49″S 174°50′46″E  
Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill60182 metres (597 ft)36°54′0″S 174°46′59″E One Tree Hill and its obelisk
Maungarahiri/Little Rangitoto24.575 metres (246 ft)36.875407°S 174.809636°E  
Maungarei/Mount Wellington10135 metres (443 ft)36°53′35″S 174°50′47.6″E  
Maungataketake/Elletts Mountain9076 metres (249 ft)36.994635°S 174.747548°E  
Maungauika/North Head9050 metres (160 ft)36.827751°S 174.81205°E  
Maungawhau/Mount Eden28196 metres (643 ft)36.877°S 174.764°E Crater of Maungawhau / Mount Eden
Motukorea/Browns Island2468 metres (223 ft)36.8306°S 174.8948°E  
Mount Robertson/Sturges Park2478 metres (256 ft)36.948477°S 174.841726°E  
Ōhinerau / Mount Hobson34143 metres (469 ft)36.877814°S 174.786156°E  
Ohuiarangi/Pigeon Mountain24.555 metres (180 ft)36.888846°S 174.903116°E  
Orakei Basin120Sea level36.867124°S 174.81308°E  
Otahuhu/Mount Richmond3050 metres (160 ft)36°55′57″S 174°50′22″E  
Ōtuataua1564 metres (210 ft)36°59′10″S 174°45′15″E  
Ōwairaka / Mount Albert120135 metres (443 ft)36.890475°S 174.720097°E  
Puhinui Craters5022 metres (72 ft)37°00′53″S 174°49′59″E[1] 
Pukaki Lagoon65Sea Level36.982998°S 174.810226°E  
Pukeiti1530 metres (98 ft)36.983756°S 174.757183°E  
Pukekawa/Auckland Domain100 36.859158°S 174.775808°E  
Puketāpapa / Mount Roskill105110 metres (360 ft)36°55′S 174°44′E  
Pukewairiki130+30 metres (98 ft)36.944078°S 174.865887°E  
Pupuke190−57 metres (−187 ft)36.780115°S 174.766184°E  
Rangitoto Island0.6260 metres (850 ft)36.786742°S 174.860115°E Rangitoto Island on the horizon
Rarotonga / Mount Smart2087 metres (285 ft) (quarried)36°55′6″S 174°48′45″E  
Styaks Swamp20 36.936138°S 174.900155°E  
Takaroro / Mount Cambria4030 metres (98 ft) (quarried)36.824444°S 174.801933°E  
Takarunga / Mount Victoria3587 metres (285 ft)36.8266°S 174.7990°E  
Taurere / Taylors Hill3056 metres (184 ft)36.864223°S 174.869943°E  
Te Apunga-o-Tainui / McLennan Hills4145 metres (148 ft) (quarried)36.929208°S 174.846468°E  
Te Hopua-a-Rangi / Gloucester Park20+Sea level (reclaimed)36.9295°S 174.784734°E  
Te Kopua Kai-a-Hiku / Panmure Basin25Sea level36.90495°S 174.849343°E  
Te Kopua-o-Matakamokamo / Tank Farm180 36.8020°S 174.7533°E  
Onepoto185 36.80818°S 174.75085°E  
Te Kōpuke / Mount Saint John75126 metres (413 ft)36.883431°S 174.780196°E  
Te Motu-a-Hiaroa/Puketutu3065 metres (213 ft)36.965186°S 174.747248°E  
Te Pane-o-Mataaho/Māngere Mountain50106 metres (348 ft)36.9496°S 174.7831°E[23] 
Te Pou Hawaiki28Quarried36.88247°S 174.766726°E  
Te Puke ō Tara / Otara HillUnknown89 metres (292 ft) (quarried)36.947105°S 174.898363°E  
Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta / Three Kings28.5133 metres (436 ft)36.902926°S 174.754651°E  
Te Tauoma / Purchas Hill1050 metres (160 ft) (quarried)36.887138°S 174.847476°E  
Waitomokia / Mt Gabriel20.320 metres (66 ft) (quarried)36.976981°S 174.770336°E  
Whakamuhu/Saint Heliers/Glover Park – see Achilles Point160Sea level36.843390°S 174.863800°E  
Wiri Mountain / Matukutūruru3080 metres (260 ft) (quarried)37°00′26″S 174°51′30″E