Ridge and Reef (Meola)

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"Discover Auckland's thrilling Ridge and Reef (Meola) adventure. Hike along the Meola Ridge for city panoramas, then explore Meola Reef, uncovering its geological and ecological significance."

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  • Embark on a guided hike along the panoramic Meola Ridge
  • Explore the rocky shores of the Meola Reef
  • Learn about the area's geological and ecological significance
  • Professional and knowledgable guide


Experience an extended version of our Reef-only walk as we journey to the source of the 11km lava flow from Mt. St. John. We begin at the volcano, enjoying panoramic views of the city, then traverse parks, reserves, and volcanic fields, tracing the lava flow to Meola Reef Reserve. There, we continue to the water and commence our Meola Reef tour. This is our Ki uta ki tai / Mountain-to-Sea path (Ridge to Reef), exploring Auckland's longest lava flow, dating back 28,500 years, covering 14 hectares, and featuring a two-kilometer tidal tongue basalt reef in the Waitematā Harbour. Meet at Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John; the highest point. See location map below. Confused? Half of the mystery and excitement is finding the SNM team up the top; it is not that hard; we can always ring each other! Ages 9+ Duration: day / 6-8hrs Itinerary: Start: Meet at Te Kōpuke / Mt St. John; the highest point - Meet the SNM Meola Reef team, enjoy panoramic views Tour: Walk to the reef - Use your dead reckoning and spatial awareness to find the path to the sea Reef: Explore the reef - Arrive at the Meola Reef Reserve, continue onto and through the reef, look back to where yo came, enjoy the rewards


Professional, knowledgeable and experienced guides Geogeolical, coastal and historical education

Important Information

  • For more information about gear visit: https://socialnaturemovement.nz/itinerary/ridge-and-reef-meola/ Start times for this tour vary based on the Auckland tides. If you do not have the required gear, please reach out to us, we may be able to help.

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