Pigeon Mountain

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.

View over Auckland from Pigeon Mountain (web pic - not mine)

View of Rangitoto from Pigeon Mountain

Web pic of Pigeon Mountain

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.



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2 Responses to Pigeon Mountain

  1. karie says:

    … and the pigeons?

  2. Sally says:

    Looks like a good place to do “hills” on your training walk/run…

    Now, be honest, tell me about the litter & broken glass all over the place… ?

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