Style Correspondent Annie Sutherland of Seedling
Destination Cornwall Park at One Tree Hill
Sitting at the base of a dormant volcano lies a truly magical place called Cornwall Park. This is one of my favourite places in Auckland for family outings or catch up strolls with my girlfriends.
During the summer, there are free concerts, archery contests, guided garden walks and to cool off, our family splurges on an ice cream at the restaurant located in the middle of the park… We absolutely love this place!
Rich in history, native trees and farm animals (you could well share your picnic blanket with a herd of sheep) there are easy paths that take you right up the volcano to the peak of Maungakiekie or One Tree Hill for spectacular 360 degree views across the city.
The largest and most intensively settled Maori pa in Auckland, this area was the centre of the Maori occupation during the 18th century when tribes of the region were united under chief Kiwi Tamaki.
Why go A beautiful and iconic piece of Auckland’s landscape. One Tree Hill is famous to the point of being immortalised in U2’s song of the same title on their album The Joshua Tree.
Who is it best for All ages – the park is huge and offers a great adventure with a very rural feel. It is after all still a working farm!
Top tip If at any point you think you are lost, just head for the obelisk which stands upon the summit. From the top you can survey all of Auckland before you, and find your path back to the start. Also, this spot can get very windy and chilly, so be sure to take along a windproof jacket.
While you are in the area Visit the Stardome Observatory in the One Tree Hill Domain near the Manukau entrance and head to the children playground which is near this same entrance.