Auckland sits on top of a selection of dormant volcanoes. Some are more obvious, some are little hills. The highest point is the Mt Eden domain. That area was up behind where we were staying in the suburb of Newmarket so we thought we’d give it a go.
Up turned out to be the operative word!
Our first stop was the Mt Eden botanical garden on the flank of the volcano. A shortish ramble through a well established neighbourhood brought us to the entrance. Once upon a time this was a quarry that supplied building rock for the city. Unlike the limestone quarry of the Butchart Garden back home this was all volcanic rock.
The bromeliad garden was full of all kinds of new to us species. And tucked up under the big trees was an abundance of hydrangeas.
We whiled away some hours and then decided it was time to move on. The docents told us that because we were on foot we didn’t have to go all the way around to the other side to access the summit. Back down the street we came up on, over one and we could get there from there.
Big trees in this neighbourhood. This one was growing on a wall built sometime in the 1920’s.
Big tree – I’ll back up a bit.
Hmm. Maybe if I stand in the road…
Once at the top of the road we were confronted with this:
At this point we were kind of wishing that we had figured Uber out. Up at the top of the stairs there’s a guy in an orange shirt. After he passed us several times I asked – he was doing 20 sets. Ugh. So, up we went.
A beautiful view over Auckland and across to Rangitoto. This wide meadow is not the summit, so we continue on up.
This is what we have come to see (in addition to the view) – the crater of the volcano.
There are signs asking people to keep out. Frankly I don’t know how you’d get back up – it is deeper and steeper than it looks.
Then begins the process of finding our way back down.
Over a stile and down through the forest.
This time the steps lead down.
And finally, at the end of it all, ordering a well earned beer at Brother’s Brewing – a different location then the one with the giant chicken wings.