Love Your Mountain Day 2014

Love Your Mountain Day 2014 will be on Sunday 7 December from 10am to 4pm.

This event celebrates the maunga/volcanic cones of Auckland and highlights the importance of their care and preservation.

This year the management of Auckland's maunga was handed over to the Maunga Authority, with representatives from the Tāmaki Collective and Auckland Council.  It will govern 14 of the volcanic cones, including Maungawhau.

This will be the ninth year the event has been held, enjoyed by hundreds of locals and visitors.  The mountain will be closed to traffic and there will be a number of activities taking place on Maungawhau, in Government House grounds and Eden Garden. 

This event is supported by the Tāmaki Collective, Government House, Eden Garden and the Albert-Eden Local Board.

There is no rain date for Love Your Mountain Day.  Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and make sure you wear sunblock if you are in the sun for any length of time.

contact: (09) 368 1516 / (021) 035 4431


Visitor Centre (old kiosk) on Maungawhau

10:00 - 10:30  Music - Ezra Sergeant-Latta (outside kiosk)
10:30                Address by Friends of Maungawhau, Albert-Eden Local Board, others to be confirmed (in kiosk)
11:00 - 11:45  Music - Sam RB (in kiosk)
11:00 - 12:30   Guided Māori history walk on Maungawhau, leaving from kiosk
11:00 - 2:00    Landscape drawing workshop - Paul Johnston (chair of Eden Arts).  Meet at kiosk.  Register via art(at)[dot]nz (numbers limited)
11:30 - 1:30    Raranga/weaving demonstration - Bernadette Papa (in kiosk) - click here for flyer
12:00 - 12:45  Music - Sergio Arellano, Bolivian guitarist (in kiosk)
1:00 - 1:45       Music - Nigel Gavin (in kiosk)
2.00                   Mass walk from roundabout up the road to the summit
3:00                  Gathering around crater rim, putatara/conches, waiata
10:00 - 4:00     Wish tree, koru discovery trail, displays in the kiosk

Note: On slopes on Maungawhau please keep to formed paths


Eden Garden

Free entry for the day
Access will be available from the top gate to Maungawhau
Picnic boxes can be purchased at the Eden Garden café

Government House grounds

Open from 10am to 4pm
10:00 - 12:30   Face painting with maunga theme - Anisha Patel
10:30 - 12:00
   Guided tour of the grounds - Clint Jensen
11:00 - 11:45   Music - Donna Dean  and Glenn Campbell
12:00 - 12:30   Butterfly release (weather and nature dependent)
12:00 - 2:00     Guided geology walk with Dr Bruce Hayward
1:00 - 1:30        Mau rākau (traditional Māori weaponry) demonstration - Malcolm Kerehoma
1:30 - 2:15       Music - Luke Hurley
2:00 - 3:30       Guided tour of the grounds - Clint Jensen   
10:00 - 4:00     Mobile library parked outside Government House grounds in Savannah Street, coffee cart inside the grounds with coffee, tea, water, ice creams

Note: Government House itself will not be open

Tahaki Reserve

Team Waiora - Hauora 4 Life event
Click here for information
8:00                 Registration
8:45                 Karakia on the stage
9:00                 Start at roundabout: walkers/runners lap the mountain 5x

Face painting by Anisha Patel
Koru discovery trail
Sergio Arellano, Bolivian guitarist
Weaving demonstration - Bernadette Papa
Weeds display
Wish tree
Mobile library