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Mount Eden

Pull on your walking boots and follow a trail that takes in a volcanic crater, a 19th-century prison and a quirky, creative village.

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.


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Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre NZ$99
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 miles (3 km). Auckland Newmarket Station is 12 minutes by foot and Auckland Remuera Station is 17 minutes.

    The Grand by SkyCity NZ$216
    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 away 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.

      Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group NZ$219
      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. Auckland City Hospital and The Civic are also within 15 minutes. Auckland Mt Eden Station is 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Grafton Station is 16 minutes.

        SkyCity Hotel NZ$203
        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 away from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Queen Street Shopping District and Aotea Centre are also within 10 minutes. Auckland Britomart Station is 12 minutes by foot.

          Oaklands Lodge
          Oaklands Lodge

          Oaklands Lodge

          5A Oaklands Road, Auckland
             
            1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Mount Eden, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eden Garden and Mt. Eden. Eden Park and Alexandra Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). Auckland Mt Eden Station is 19 minutes by foot and Auckland Kingsland Station is 26 minutes.

            Handy As! Perfect Mt Eden Studio,Walk 2 Eden Park.
            Handy As! Perfect Mt Eden Studio,Walk 2 Eden Park.

            Handy As! Perfect Mt Eden Studio,Walk 2 Eden Park.

            22B Charlton Avenue, Auckland, Auckland
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Mount Eden, this apartment building 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 15 minutes by foot and Auckland Kingsland Station is 19 minutes.

              Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences NZ$165
              Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

              Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

              40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from High Street and Queen Street Shopping District.

                Renovated Mount Eden 1 Bed Flat With Mountain Views
                Renovated Mount Eden 1 Bed Flat With Mountain Views

                Renovated Mount Eden 1 Bed Flat With Mountain Views

                Bellevue Road, Auckland, Auckland Region
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Mount Eden, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Eden Garden, Mt. Eden and Eden Park. Queen Street Shopping District and Auckland City Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km). Auckland Mt Eden Station is 12 minutes by foot and Auckland Kingsland Station is 18 minutes.