Mount Wellington, New Zealand

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Mt Wellington / Maungarei
Basic information
Local authority Auckland
Train station(s) Panmure Train Station
North Ellerslie, St. John's Park
East Tamaki River, Pakuranga
South Westfield
West Penrose
Maungarei / Mount Wellington
Maungarei / Mount Wellington
Elevation 135 m (443 ft)
Location Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Range Auckland Volcanic Field
Coordinates 36°55′S 174°49′E / 36.917°S 174.817°E / -36.917; 174.817
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route Hike

Mount Wellington / Maungarei is a volcanic peak, historic pa site and a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand

The volcano[edit]

Mount Wellington / Maungarei is a 135 metre [1] volcanic peak located in the Auckland volcanic field of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the youngest onshore volcano of the Auckland volcanic field, having been formed by an eruption around 10,000 years ago. It is the largest of Auckland's scoria cones.[2] Mt Wellington is not expected to erupt again.

The suburb[edit]

The suburb surrounding the peak is also called Mount Wellington, and is located 10 kilometres southeast of the city centre. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Stonefields, Tamaki, Panmure, Penrose, and Ellerslie, and by the Tamaki River. State secondary schools serving the area include St Peter's College and Selwyn College.

History of Maungarei / Mount Wellington[edit]

It has long been known as Maungarei to the local Māori people, who have used it for centuries as a or hill fort.

It was later given the name of Mount Wellington by colonists after the Duke of Wellington.

Mount Wellington rises beyond the redeveloped quarry to its north

Much of the old lava flow surrounding the mountain has been quarried for industrial aggregates, and the large quarry to the north of the mountain once produced 7% of New Zealand's roading aggregate.[2] The quarry has now closed and is being redeveloped for housing. The volcanic scoria cone is of the greatest geological and archaeological interest however.

In 1963, a 45,100 cubic meter reservoir was constructed near the summit of the cone. The largest at the time, this reservoir is still the fourth largest in the city and is currently used to supply St Johns reservoir as well as the suburbs of Glen Innes, St Johns, St Heliers, Kohimarama and Glendowie.


  • Bailey Road School is a state, coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 418 and a decile rating of 3.[3]
  • Stanhope Road School is a state, coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 495 and a decile rating of 4. It was established in 1958.[4]
  • Sylvia Park School is a state, coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 248 and a decile rating of 2.[5]

See also[edit]


  • Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential guide - Hayward, B.W., Murdoch, G., Maitland, G.; Auckland University Press, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°53′31″S 174°50′48″E / 36.891909°S 174.846554°E / -36.891909; 174.846554