Mt Eden

Located just three train stops from the city, the jewel of this inner-city suburb is, of course, the mountain that it was named after. This famous dormant volcano, standing at 196 metres (643 ft.), is the highest natural point in Auckland City and, as such, is a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike.

An easy walk up to the summit, Mt Eden boasts unbeatable views of our fair city. From this prime position you can soak up the vastness of Auckland, in all its volcanic, sea-side glory. At the base of Mt Eden lies Tahaki Reserve, a large city park hidden away from street view that, in summer, is the location of parties, events and concerts. Even if there’s no music scheduled, Tahaki Reserve is a great place for a picnic, or to escape the bustle of the city without having to leave the bustle of the city.

The leafy Mt Eden Village sits further along Mt Eden Road from the mountain, and is yet another hub of great Auckland restaurants and cafes. Mt Eden is more laid-back and family-friendly than other central city suburbs, and is suited to those of you looking for a sunny lunch spot (try RAD or Olaf’s) or a quiet glass of wine (try De Post Belgian Beer Cafe or Circus Circus).

Mt Eden is also home to the legendary Crystal Palace single-screen theatre. Opened in 1928, this suburban cinema is one of the oldest existing theatres in Auckland and plays host to a quirky mix of local cinema, live music and out-of-the-box film nights.

Mt Eden

Top Tip The first Friday of every month at 8.30pm, Crystal Palace Theatre screens the cult classic, The Room. A fun-filled night that involves more than just watching one of the most brilliantly awful films of all time, cinema-goers are encouraged to holler out movie lines and toss plastic spoons at the screen. This unmissable experience is just $15 at the door.

Surrounding areas:
Kingsland, Newmarket, Sandringham, Balmoral.