Arch Hill is a tiny suburb of Auckland, New Zealand under the Auckland Council’s local government. The area is known as Arch Hill because of its topography.
Interesting Historical Facts
The ridge that became Arch Hill may have been the location of the famous Battle of 1730, the Broken Calabash Attack. This battle between the two warring Maori tribes probably took place around this ridge, likely in the area of Arch Hill.
In 1880s, Arch Hill was part of an 80-acre farm that extended from what is now Great North Road, down the gulley where the North West Motorway passes, and up the Morningside area. It was owned by Joseph and Jane Young, who had settled in Auckland in 1842, and the farm was renamed ‘Arch Hill,’ after Joseph had been raised near Strabane, Londonderry County, Ireland.
Arch Hill Reserve is a strip of lawn and hillside scrub extending along the North West Motorway. It’s less than 4km from the centre of downtown Auckland.
There’s more than 3km of very neat singletrack, appealing to most skills. There is an easy trail named “Training Wheels” between the trees on the motorway’s flat side. The other tracks are situated on the hillside and need at least advanced riding skills.
The local secondary schools that serve Arch Hill are Western Springs College, Mount Albert Grammar School, St Paul’s College and St Mary’s College.