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One Tree Hill

Views from the top in Cornwall Park

One Tree Hill

Surrounded by the surreal greenery and farmland of Cornwall Park (it’s a working farm with about 600 sheep and 60 cattle!), One Tree Hill is the 182m volcano that is topped by a towering stone obelisk and visible from all over town.

These days, vehicles are banned from driving to the top, so you’ll have to walk up, but the 360-degree views of Auckland and its two harbours make it all worthwhile.

If you think it’s a bit of a misnomer, there used to be a single pine tree at the top but it was attacked by Māori activists and removed in 2000.

Before the stone obelisk is a bronze statue of a Māori warrior – and the grave of city father Sir John Logan Campbell, who paid for it. The obelisk and statue were unveiled in 1948.


Short Walks

Walks for Kids

Auckland's Coast-to-Coast Walkway

Hike between Auckland's harbours (4-5hrs)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by jbreiti