Actually it is a hillock. I’ve seen higher rubbish dumps in peoples’ back gardens, but as the script below explains this volcano used to be much higher. It is the closest volcano to where we stay (about 2kms) and does provide great views of the area.
I took Jules there after school today to see what we could see. Its views are impaired by some fencing, unfortunately, but (as usual) it has a meticulously maintained park all around it which includes a cricket field, a scout hall, a kindergarten and a “young mariners club”. The “Tamaki Estuary” is what we refer top as the sea – it is what we can see from our balcony.
Here are some of the pics.
The official blurb:
Pigeon Mountain, situated in Half Moon Bay, was once called Ohuia Rangi.
This ‘castle and moat’ volcano overlooks the Tamaki Estuary. Pigeon Mountain has a great vantage point – from the top you can see the Waitemata Harbour, the Tamaki River and the Manukau Harbour.
The mountain is an old pa site. About 250 years ago this maunga (mountain) was a ‘community of people’. It was a place where food was gathered from the Tamaki River where natural springs ran. Kai (food) such as kumara was grown and gathered to feed the local Ngai Tai tribe.
The mountain was originally three times its present size but its two craters have been quarried away to provide scoria.
Wetlands are being developed on the park, and there are a number of boardwalks and pathways to stroll around the site.