Mangere Mountain is one of the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland volcanic field, with a peak 106 meters above sea level. It was the site of a major pā (Māori fortified village), and you can still see a lot of the earthworks there today.
It is a prominent landmark in south Auckland, and I had been visiting places in that area recently, so I decided to check out Mangere Mountain up close.
This is one of those places that panoramas are made for. We parked at the Onehunga Mangere Soccer & Softball Club and walked up the cone in a clockwise direction.
A view of Puketutu Island opens up as you reach the western rim.
In the saddle between the two highest points you get a wider view of the Manukau Harbour that takes in Otuataua Stonefields, Puketutu Island, Awhitu Peninsula, Manukau Heads, the Waitakere Ranges, and Ambury Regional Park.
That view includes Mount Eden, the Sky Tower and One Tree Hill.
The perspective on the cone itself changed as we continued walking in a clockwise direction around the rim.
We continued clockwise around the smaller crater.
Soon after that we completed the circle, and returned to the carpark.
Mangere Mountain, in Mangere Domain, is a small park with the terrain for good short walk with a bit of climbing and some great views of Auckland.
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