By Jade Johnston
I have been absolutely swamped with taking care of life activities since arriving in Auckland just over a week ago, and yesterday I had my very first (almost) day off. So of course, instead of resting myself, I decided that a hike up one of the many volcanoes in Auckland city was in order.
Mount Eden is the highest natural point in Auckland. The volcano is currently dormant and has not erupted in 15,000 years. Meaning that the 50 metre deep cone of the volcano would make a perfect sledding ground. Except for that there is no snow in Auckland. And also that if two people were to sled at the same time they would most certainly have a head one collision at the point of the cone.
I met up with a friend Anne from Germany who has lived in Auckland for about 4 months now, and her two friends who recently arrived. Anne has a car, which is pretty much a necessity in Auckland, which made the 5 KM drive into the suburbs of Auckland extremely quick and easy.
It was actually a really easy hike, and there were even people jogging up and down the volcano. Keeners. The walk way up to the summit has a small forested area which is really quite atmospheric, and from the summit you can get great views of Auckland, from harbour to harbour. Unfortunately, it was raining and foggy the day we climbed up, but you can still sort of see the skyline.
Luckily we managed to get to the summit before the bus load of tourists arrived, so we managed to get a little moment of piece and quiet to enjoy the views.