Maungawhau (Mt Eden) Access Restrictions

Maungawhau (Mt Eden) Access Restrictions

T² was engaged by Auckland Council to undertake the initial feasibility study for preventing vehicles, particularly tour coaches, from accessing the summit of Maungawhau (Mt Eden).

The project also investigated ways to improve pedestrian amenity and access to the summit.

This included traffic movement options, alternative methods of  transporting visitors  to and from the summit, parking options, vehicle access configurations and effects on the local road network. 

  Maungawhau is a historical site of significance to Auckland and is protected by special conditions that restrict what type and form of works may be undertaken.

These conditions required close co-operation and consultation between the parks team, local iwi, heritage, archaeologists and Council’s arborist
to ensure everyone’s concerns were considered during the design process.

Following this initial phase, T² under-took the concept and detailed designs and has been involved in over-seeing the construction of the various measures. The final solution included new footpaths on the western access, speed tables on the eastern approach to restrict access for larger vehicles such as coaches, alternative parking areas for coaches and improved pedestrian facilities linking the various areas.

 

 

In December 2014 a new authority to manage 14 volcanic cones approved in principle extending a 2011 ban on buses driving to the summit of Mt Eden/Maungawhau to all vehicles.  There was plenty of public reaction to this news - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11367244