Today was another beautiful 22 degrees C (about 70 F) and I just had to go on another walk. Luckily dad was keen and he ended up convincing me that we should walk up Mt Eden. This hill, known as Maungawhau (pronounce the “wh-” as an “f-”) in Maori, is another reminder of Auckland’s volcanic heritage. According to Wikipedia, it is also the highest natural point in the whole of Auckland.
The big attraction of Mt Eden is the gigantic crater left behind when the volcano last erupted.
To protect the crater from erosion you’re not allowed to walk down into it, however the view from the walking track around the rim more than makes up for it. From this point, you get stunning 360 degree views of Auckland city. Some places to spot are Eden Park, where some games of the Rugby World Cup were played including the finals, and the Auckland Sky Tower, which is visible in the next picture.
If you look very closely, you can also see the obelisk at the top of the next picture which is where we were in my previous post.
Tired after our climb, we stopped at the nearby Mt Eden village for a coffee. This is a great time to introduce you to the flat white, which as far as I know is really only obtainable in New Zealand and Australia.
According to the very knowledgeable Mel, it’s very similar to a latte but with less of the cream and more of the steamed milk. In my mind no other forms of espresso is as tantalising, as satisfying as a flat white but I could be more than a little biased. A good flat white should have a rich texture and very little foam on top, hence the name “flat”. The closest drink I can think of in the US is a cafe au lait, although it is made with espresso rather than drip coffee. We got ours from the Circus Circus cafe in Mt Eden Village. Despite it’s rather pricey food, I highly recommend this place.