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Matukutūruru was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, including a fire-fountaining eruption that created a large scoria cone with a single crater on its summit. The lava from the eruption encircled the cone, completely surrounding it, and extending 1 kilometer to the north and 1.5 kilometers to the south. The eruption occurred about 32,000 years ago, which is consistent with the period of many of Auckland's volcanoes.
One notable feature of Matukutūruru is the Wiri Lava Cave, a cavity that was created when lava carved through the landscape, cooled on the outer edges, and left behind a cavity. The cave is over 7 meters wide, 3 meters tall, and runs for approximately 300 meters. The best of its kind in New Zealand, the Wiri Lava Cave is protected as a Scientific Reserve, but unfortunately not open to the public.
Location Te wāhi
340 Wiri Station RoadPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
There is no public transport directly to the mountain, so driving is the best option. Parking is available at the base of the mountain on Wiri Station Road.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
If you're looking for some more greenery, make sure to check out the Auckland Botanic Gardens, just a stone's throw away from Matukutūruru Wiri Mountain.