Saturday, 22 January 2022

One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie


Auckland has a number of volcanoes (called maunga in te reo).  Two of the most popular are Mt Eden and the one closest to us, One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie.


One Tree Hill was the inspiration for a U2 hit of the same name – written in memory of a Kiwi roadie for the band.


The mountain erupted over 65000 years ago.  It is part of the One Tree Hill Domain owned by the Council and is adjacent to Cornwall Park (managed by a Trust Board).


There is an obelisk on the top of the mountain and also the grave of John Logan Campbell.  There also used to be a tree – a pine – which was atacked in 1994 and again in 2000 – by Maori activists.  The tree was removed.  After much consultation a number of young native trees – pohutukawa and totara – were planted in 2016.  It is yet to be seen which will be the best.



You used to be able to drive up to the summit but now have to walk from about half way.  An exception is made for people with limited mobility who can ask for the access code to the gate.


Spectacular views in all directions will reward your effort in summitting.

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