If you’re anything like us, your resolution to get fit may seem like an uphill battle—literally. But here in the City of Sails, we’re lucky enough to be sitting on a whopping 53 volcanoes, and they all offer striking views of our wonderful city.
While Auckland’s volcanoes may be considered dormant, you don’t have to be. We are sure you all have a burning desire to climb all of these babies. So to add a little spark to your world as we’ve rounded up our top ten picks for you to get active at. Remember that once you get to the peak it’s all downhill from there…
1. Maungawhau | Mt Eden
Get your glow on and get up Maungawhau. At 196m it is the highest of Auckland’s volcanoes, but don’t let that put you off because it has arguably the best inner-city views. So let this be your motivation to push you through those long, sweaty ascents. Tip: If you want to look like a local then activewear is the only acceptable attire.
To get the paramount panoramic views of our beloved city, Rangitoto is an absolute must-do. Walk the one-hour track through alternating lava rocks and native bush. And don’t forget to get sidetracked by the lava caves.
3. Ohinerau | Mt Hobson
Don’t be sitting pretty. We get it; you may not have time to climb Rangitoto but Mt Hobson has stunning views of the island itself and takes half the time, so you have no excuses.
4. Lake Pupuke
Pupuke has cooled down a bit since its explosive days which formed this crater lake. So if you’re looking for something slightly easier let’s just say there’s not much of an incline. Go for a scenic stroll around the lake, or take to the water and try a kayak.
5. Pukekawa | Auckland Domain
We lava Auckland Domain—it’s got it all. Check out the museum and maybe you’ll learn a little history about these fiery mountains. Why not spend the day there? Bird watch in native bush, warm in the winter gardens or swoon over those stunning sea views.
6. Maungakiekie | One Tree Hill
Our go-to city escape within the city, One Tree Hill emulates the countryside with cows and a few sheep, yet there’s no tree to be seen on its peak. Get lost in the crater-full park, let out your inner child because YES there is a flying fox or do some stargazing at 2pm in the afternoon at the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium.
7. Maungauika | North Head
If you feel so inclined, head to North Head to explore the old tunnels and armaments used during war times. Take a torch and someone to hold your hand cause it can get pretty spooky in there, but it’s worth it because it’s totally lit!
8. Mangere Mountain
Venture South to Mangere Mountain and you’ll find magical views of Manukau Harbour. Remember West is best in the evenings because, if you’re lucky, the sun will light up those skies in fifty shades of fire.
9. Motukorea | Browns Island
Only accessible by water, Browns Island is one you probably haven’t thought to visit. Auckland Sea Kayaks do a tandem kayak tour, forget the tandem bicycle. So what are you waiting for? Grab a date (be it a partner or a mate), picnic on the peak, watch the sunset then paddle back by moonlight; how romantic.
10. Owairaka | Mt Albert
Surrounded by suburban slopes, Owairaka is a great place to make some new friends of the furry kind. If you are like us, absolute dog-obssesives, stroll around the summit in the early morning or evening and you’ll find many a dog to moon over.
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