The Bombay Hills
are a range of hills to the south of Auckland
, New Zealand
. Though only a small and seemingly insignificant range of hills, they lie at the southern boundary of the Auckland Region
, and serve as a divide
between Auckland and the Waikato
region. There is a 19th century settlement, Bombay,
on the old main road south of Auckland, the Great South Road
The hills are located 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Auckland, close to the town of Pukekohe
. State Highway 1
here reaches its highest point between Auckland and Tirau
in the eastern Waikato
Region, 134 kilometres (83.3 miles) to the southeast.
The settlement of Bombay and hence the Bombay Hills are not directly named after the Indian
city of Bombay
(now Mumbai), but rather after the ship Bombay
, which landed in Auckland and bought settlers to the area, originally called Williamson's Clearing, in 1863.
While they may appear to be just a spur of the Hunua Ranges
, the Bombay Hills are geologically quite distinct, being mainly of volcanic origin. This makes the Bombay Hills an ideal place for farming and growing crops.
The Bombay Hills boasts many famous Athletes such as Eric Murphy
(Olympic Rower), Katherine Prumm
(World Champion Motorcyclist) and Andy Dalton
(Former All Black Captain).