Story: Geology – overview

Mt Eden

Mt Eden

Mt Eden (Maungawhau) is one of the most prominent volcanic cones remaining in the Auckland region. In the last of a number of eruptions about 15,000 years ago, three overlapping scoria cones became a single, huge scoria mound with a central crater. Lava flows extended out from the base of the mound, and in some places were more than 60 metres thick.

Maungawhau was a significant Māori , large enough to provide refuge for several hundred people.

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Geology – overview - Quaternary volcanism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006