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.
I’ve been busy lately, and my posts have been far too infrequent. But I have continued to explore, and more is coming. I’ve been working on providing additional options for navigating the site, starting the Auckland and its Regional Parks. I’ve enjoyed a post I’ve been working on about Auckland and its status as the most underrated region in New Zealand. I’ll be bringing that and more to you soon!
Mangere Mountain is an extinct volcano near Ambury Park and a very visible landmark in South Auckland, responsible for the geology of the surrounding area.
The bottom portion of the shelter below would appear to be ancient stonework, but I haven’t been able to learn anything about it. All of the stone walls in Ambury reminded me of the stonework found at nearby Otuataua Stonefields. I visited Otuataua Stonefields in 2014, but haven’t yet posted about it.
I didn’t see many insects in the insect garden, but I enjoyed this family of chickens, although they would seem to be unwelcome in an insect garden.
This beautiful cat is another creature that I guess is probably not really welcome in Ambury Park. Cats are a threat to native wildlife in New Zealand, and some call for their elimination from the country. I had never seen one before, but this looks to me like a bengal cat.
It being spring, there are many babies among the animals at Ambury Park at the moment. The kids below frolicked in a way that put the spring lambs to shame.
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