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A historical site of significance for both Maori natives and colonial settlers, the suburb of Mount Eden sits on the side of an extinct volcano. The village can trace its history right back to a previous incarnation as a Maori pa (or fortified settlement), with the steps carved into the side of the volcano back then still clearly visible. In actual fact, a number of Maori rituals are still performed here to this day.
At 196 metres above sea level, Mount Eden is Auckland's tallest volcano. A climb to the top offers staggering views of the surrounding landscape, as well as the chance to peer down into the dizzying 50-metre depth of the volcano's crater.
It was in 1840 that settlers began to move in and farm the area, and a large proportion of the buildings still standing in the village date back to the early 20th century. Today, the village is more of an artistic enclave; a number of artists and writers live and work here, and bohemian galleries and cafés abound.
The best way to see the village, and its charming architecture, is on foot. One of the most impressive buildings, particularly from a historical perspective, is the prison which dates from the 19th century. Build by prisoners of the time, the building bears a striking resemblance to Britain's Dartmoor Prison.
If prison architecture isn't quite up your street, you could always try a visit to Eden Garden. This 2.2-hectare garden does its very best to live up to its name, with a variety of beautiful, colourful plantlife. The volcanic rocks scattered around the garden are more than ornamental; they also serve as solar heaters for the tropical plants.
There are regular buses running between Auckland city centre and Mount Eden each day. For those who prefer to drive themselves, there are a number of private carparks in the area, as well as plenty of on-street paid parking.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall. Queen Street Shopping District and Sky Tower are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 17 minutes by foot and Auckland Mt Eden Station is 25 minutes.
Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Mount Eden, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eden Garden and Mt. Eden. Eden Park and Queen Street Shopping District are also within 2 miles (3 km). Auckland Mt Eden Station is 19 minutes by foot and Auckland Kingsland Station is 26 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mt. Eden, Auckland Domain and ASB Showgrounds. University of Auckland and Spark Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). Auckland Newmarket Station is 13 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 18 minutes.
This family-friendly Auckland hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from SkyCity Casino and Sky Tower. Queen Street Shopping District and Princes Wharf are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 10 minutes by foot.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of High Street and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is only a 4-minute walk.
Situated in Auckland, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eden Garden and Mt. Eden. Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Domain are also within 2 miles (3 km). Auckland Newmarket Station is 12 minutes by foot and Auckland Remuera Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Queen Street Shopping District and Auckland Town Hall are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.