Mangere is a region to the Southeast of the city. It’s probably best known for being the suburb that houses the Auckland airport. And of course, it’s home to an extinct volcano.
Funny story: as I’m driving to the carpark, I pass a group of schoolchildren out on some sort of field trip. I have the top down, and I can hear one child say “look! It’s a race car!” to which a few others said “oooooh”. I am apparently quite cool amongst the elementary school set.
There are two craters on Mangere Mountain; this is the larger of the two. And it’s quite large!
It’s also ringed with trees, including one very definitively vibrant pohutukawa.
The other crater is less massive but steeper.
To get to the summit, you can either walk around the crater or take a short but pretty steep path right up the center between the two craters. I elected to walk around.
Before getting to the top I took a short rest under this tree and ate my lunch. Mangere Mountain is a very small area so the rest wasn’t strictly necessary, but I had brought my lunch with me and this seemed like a nice place to enjoy it.
Upon reaching the top, I got an achievement!
I took an achievement selfie. I chose the disaffected look to show that I’m way too cool to care about stuff like this.
Which is too bad, because there’s actually two of them! One for each “peak”.
Between the two is one of these things. I love it when lookout points have these “what am I looking at?” displays, even though they do tend to be vandalized by hooligans and miscreants.
The two achievement points are very close; here’s a picture of one from the other.
While I was standing there, I also got to see a plane landing in Auckland airport! (Airplane is in the upper-left quadrant near the tree line, for those who don’t like playing “Where’s Waldo?”.
After this, I walked back down the mountain. But I realized that I had forgotten to take a photosphere from the peak, so I headed back up. I took this opportunity to go up the other, steeper way.
Made it :)
Here’s One Tree Hill.
And here’s a random heart-shaped island. You can see the island on Google Earth, but it doesn’t show up on the map and I’m not sure what it is. It may be related to the nearby water treatment plant, but I really have no clue!
Here’s the Mangere Bridge with Rangitoto peeking up in the background.
And speaking of peeking up, here’s the Sky Tower!
And here’s Puketutu Island! It would be really cool to get to explore that island. Maybe like two posts from now? Stay tuned and find out :)