Created By: Auckland Council
From the maunga of Owairaka, named after an independent wahine, through leaders of the struggle for women’s suffrage, and up to today’s diverse community, Mount Albert provides a broad range of historical nourishment to match the eating opportunities on New North Road.
In the years after the arrival of Europeans to the area, Mount Albert was mostly a patch of farmland. The community grew with the construction of the New North Road in the 1860s and then the railway line in 1880. These transport links transformed it into an attractive and thriving suburb. However, despite the ease of access to the metropolis of Auckland, Mount Albert has retained its special character as a heartland of nonconformist religion, progressive politics, and sedate social mores: residents prevented alcohol from being sold here until 1999.
This walk will show you to grand colonial mansions, Second World War Home Guard command posts, the remains of a former railway line, and views across Auckland, as well as introducing you to the people who made Mount Albert what it is today.
Terrain: This walk mostly uses public roads and footpaths. The path from Toroa Terrace to the top of Owairaka is steep and can get muddy, but there is an alternative route.
Starting Point: Mount Albert Community and Leisure Centre, 773 New North Road
Parking: Carpark at the Leisure Centre and on-street parking nearby. A bus stop and train station are within a five minutes’ walk.
Disclaimer: This walk is along public roads and footpaths and includes historical facts about the buildings and the area. Most of the sites are private businesses or homes. Please respect the environment and do not trespass on private property. Neither Auckland Council nor private property owners accept responsibility for any loss, damage, or injury to you or your property arising from use of this tour.
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