The suburb of Mt Eden is situated five kilometres south of the centre of Auckland City. It is a vibrant community centred around Mt Eden Village, a charming shopping area with many small shops, cafes and restaurants. At the very heart of the community and centrally located within the Village is the Mt Eden Village Centre. There are many historic buildings within the Village precinct and the local board has installed plaques outside the most significant ones. There is a lot to do in the area so make sure you leave some time to explore if you are coming to the Centre for a class or event.
How to get here
Events at the Mt Eden Village Centre can easily be attended by using public transport. There are bus stops within one minute’s walk from the Centre. Bus lanes on Monday to Friday from 4.00pm to 7.00pm make taking the bus a great option for your travel. Visit Auckland Transport here to plan your journey.
The Mt Eden Train Station is closed until 2024 due to construction for the City Rail Link. Auckland Transport is running a new frequent bus route – the 64 – that connects Kingsland, Mt Eden and Newmarket for those who use the train to travel. Visit Auckland Transport here to plan your journey.
For those who choose to come to an event by bicycle, there are two conveniently located bike stands in front of the Centre. We encourage our local board and Auckland council to continue to develop safe cycle lanes on the road so Mt Eden can be reached safely by active transport.
Travelling to Mt Eden Village by car is very easy whether you are coming from a north, south, east or west direction. Mt Eden Village is located in the middle of Auckland City and using the motorway network to get to Mt Eden Village is simple.
Parking on Ngauruhoe Street is limited to P60 from Monday to Sunday, between 8.00am and 6.00pm. Paid parking in the Essex Road Carpark is $1.00ph for the first two hours, increasing to $2.00ph thereafter with no time limit. Most surrounding streets have restricted parking of either P60, P120 or P180 closer to Mt Eden Road. Parking restrictions do ease the further you drive down local streets.
Please be aware there is a clearway/Bus Lane from 7.00am to 10.00am on the Northbound lane of Mt Eden Road, and 4.00pm to 7.00pm on the Southbound lane of Mt Eden Road. Bus Lanes apply Monday to Friday. Auckland Transport applies a vigorous tow away policy.
There are two mobility car parks located at the main entrance at 2 Ngauruhoe Street. The ramp is right beside the car parks allowing easy access to the centre by wheel chair.
Mt Eden Maungawhau
There are wonderful walks around Mount Eden Maungawhau, a volcano whose summit is 196 meters above sea level.
The summit is the highest natural point on the Auckland isthmus offering visitors a spectacular view of Auckland. Maungawhau was a fortified pa, a large Māori settlement site with many archaeological features of immense value. It is one of 14 volcanic cones that has been transferred to ownership of the Tāmaki Collective under the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014. Access to the summit is restricted to walkers with parking available midway up the maunga.
Other Places of Interest
Other places of interest are Eden Garden on Omaha Avenue, Pukekawa Auckland Domain and Wintergardens and the lava rock forest in Withiel-Thomas Reserve. Eden Park, a sports stadium used for cricket and rugby and the scene of many famous sporting contests including many games in the 2011 Rugby World Cup is a brisk walk away. The famous Dominion Road is also within walking distance.
Right opposite the Mt Eden Village centre you will find Essex Reserve, a small park with a popular playground – very useful also if you are having children’s birthday parties here at the centre. There is a table and bench in the reserve where you can enjoy your lunch.
Visit Auckland Council for more information about Parks & Reserves in the area.
Mt Eden Community Groups
Mt Eden has a wide range of community groups contributing towards the interesting and vibrant place we live in. Many local groups use the Centre for their events, meetings and AGMs. If we have missed your community group and you would like to be listed on our site, please contact us.
The Mt Eden Maungawhau Village Centre Society
The Mt Eden Maungawhau Village Centre Society focuses on working with the Trust to most effectively manage the Mt Eden Village Centre. The Village Centre Society has delivered many successful events at the centre to inform and connect our community. Community lunches, speaker events and family fun days are some of the events. Please contact the Society secretary Susanne Khouri if you would like to get involved.
Decorative Artists Society NZ
…..We are a non-profit organisation with a focus on friendship, fellowship and fun, while promoting our decorative art through meetings, and related activities. We hold regular workshops and demonstrations. Members have access to our library, which contains an impressive selection of art books and magazines. New members are provided with classes to support their learning, and products can be purchased at the monthly classes. We meet monthly, usually the first Saturday of the month, at Gifford Gallery on Poronui Street, Mt Eden. Contact Rae: 027 211 2246 or see our website here.
Mt Eden Village People
.Mount Eden Village People is a community group dedicated to positive change towards a more sustainable lifestyle within our community. To make this transformation happen the group is working together with our community and local businesses to minimise waste and to plant fruit trees on public land. This group also encourages people to buy locally and purchase their food from farmers markets. Please contact the Centre Managers for more information.
Pātaka Kai and Book Exchange
Pātaka Kāi is a food pantry and book exchange situated outside the Village Centre on Ngauruhoe Street for the sharing of excess fruit and vegetables from your garden and for swapping books. Supported by Mt eden Village People and Eco Neighbourly, we encourage everyone to share and enjoy!
Eden Arts is a registered charitable arts trust that is proud to be celebrating its 34th year in 2021! Run by volunteers, the trust is committed to supporting, celebrating and promoting the arts and artists in the greater Mt Eden area. The group runs an annual calendar of events including Artists in Eden Day, Young Artists Awards and the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival, as well as literary dinners, theatre visits, musical matinees, art tours and a pub quiz with an arts twist. More information is here.
Maungawhau Ecological Halo
The Maungawhau Ecological Halo is a Mt Eden and Epsom community organisation striving to create a buffer zone around the Mt Eden Maungawhau maunga to protect and enhance the diversity of native bird life in the area.
We are supporting residents, business owners and schools to plant ‘bird friendly’ native shrubs and trees, control predators and suppress invasive weeds on their private properties.
If you live within the Halo area you can collect a free rat trap and safety box, borrow a possum trap, or pick up an invasive weed ID brochure form our trap library at the Mt Eden Village Centre between 9am – 12noon on Weekdays. The Halo is supported by Urban Ark Manawa Taiao.
Mt Eden Community Garden
A small committed group of gardeners meets every Sunday at 2pm – 4pm at the community garden located behind the Bowling Club at the end of Poronui Street. If you are interested in coming along please contact Michele on 021 216 1684 or 6300789 in the evenings.
Forest and Bird
Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation protecting and restoring our wildlife and wild places. Its independence enables the organisation to speak on behalf of our natural environment. The organisation gives nature a voice and speaks for all our threatened species and fragile places – from endangered Maui’s dolphins to high-country tussock-lands.
Here at our beautiful historic Church, the Mt Eden Methodist congregation gathers every Sunday from 10am – 11am for a Sunday service held by our minister the Reverend Tevita Taufalele. The service is followed by light refreshments in the Lounge.
The Korean Methodist congregation meets every Wednesday at 5pm and every Sunday at 11.30am.
Every third Sunday of the month, the Fiji indian Congregation meets at 3pm for a service in Hindi.
For more information about the Methodist Church please go to: www.methodistcentral.org.nz or contact Rev Taufalele on 09 373 2869 or 027 249 8221. New members are always welcome.