Stonefields is a suburb in East Auckland, New Zealand, 8 kilometres south-east of the city centre, surrounded by Mount Wellington, Saint Johns, and Glen Innes.
Stonefields is one of Auckland’s newest suburbs, but its history dates back to about 9000 years ago, when Auckland’s biggest volcano, Maungarei or Mt Wellington, erupted. It spewed hot lava down the slopes of its 130m high cone, forming the rich layers of basalt stone fields that gave rise to the suburb’s name.
The suburb had a population of 3,792 people and 1,425 households according to the 2018 New Zealand census.
Stonefields’ Parks and Reserves
Large open spaces abound in Stonefields’ spectacular parks and reserves, with heritage paths winding through the 5.3 ha native Maungarei Springs Wetland built around three lakes where you can wander or picnic. It is also not far from the stunning eastern beaches, Waiatarua Reserve, or the Remuera Golf Course.
The path circles the Stonefields Heritage Trail, an old quarry rock face, a wetlands boardwalk, and residential streets. Views to Maungarei (Mt Wellington) and throughout Auckland can be seen from the highest point, where you can also see the Sky Tower.
The route is made up of parts of concrete, boardwalk, and gravel trail, and it’s wide enough for two people to walk side by side. Mt Wellington has a set of stairs and a short, steep section where you will need to bring prams or children’s bikes.