is a volcanic peak and suburban area in the city of Auckland
, New Zealand
. Its postcode is 1025.
The peak, in parkland at the southern end of the suburb, is 135 metres in height, and is one of the many extinct cones which dot the city of Auckland, all of which are part of the Auckland Volcanic Field
. It is one of Auckland's older cones, having been created some 50,000-60,000 years ago. It was the site of a pā
, and was known as Owairaka
. Extensive quarrying has reduced the height of the scoria cone by about 15 m and significantly altered its shape, but a few remnants of Maori earthworks like terracing, are still visible.
The suburb is located seven kilometres to the southwest of the city centre, and is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Owairaka
, Point Chevalier
. Unitec New Zealand
(an institute of technology) is located towards the northern end of the suburb. The Mount Albert Research Centre (originally established by the DSIR
) houses the Auckland centre of Plant & Food Research
and other Crown Research Institutes
Located near the Mount Albert shops on New North Road is Ferndale House. This wooden Gothic house was the home of the Garlick family who bequeathed it to the City. It is currently a community centre. The family firm Tonson Garlick manufactured furniture.
On Mount Albert Road is Alberton
, the residence of the Kerr-Taylor family. This two-storied wooden house has wrap-round verandahs... Read More