Updated: Jul 10, 2021
Te Tatua-a-Riukiuta is a volcano in Big King Reserve, Mount Roskill, that erupted 28,500 years ago. It had three prominent peaks. Two large peaks and a number of smaller peaks were quarried away, leaving only one large peak, known as a Big King Mountain. The peak remained largely because of the water reservoir that was built on its summit at the beginning of the 20th century. You get to the top by climbing up in a spiral while enjoying views from both sides.
Start of the track is marked by following trees:
The map view of the mountain:
While climbing up you will see local bushes on the right and local dwellings on the left:
The road to the top is getting steeper and steeper but at the end it is worth the view:
A view onto the western part of Auckland. Starting from Rangitoto volcano and a SkyTower on the right.
A view to the West coast
Overall, it took 20 minutes to get up and down the hill, which is not a big challenge.