One Tree Hill
Near the excellent children’s playground, this observatory offers regular stargazing and planetarium shows that aren’t dependent on...
Big Foody Food Tour
Small-group city tours, including visits to markets and artisan producers, and lots of tastings.
The three-hour Express Tour will depart with just one booking – ideal for solo travellers.
Ticketing agency, with an outlet at SkyCity Theatre .
One Tree Hill information
This volcanic cone was the isthmus’ key pa and the greatest fortress in the country. At the top (182m) there are 360-degree views and the grave of John Logan Campbell, who gifted the land to the city in 1901 and requested that a memorial be built to the Māori people on the summit. Nearby is the stump of the last ‘one tree’. Allow time to explore surrounding Cornwall Park with its mature trees and historic Acacia Cottage (1841).
The Cornwall Park Information Centre has fascinating interactive displays illustrating what the pa would have looked like when 5000 people lived here. Near the excellent children’s playground, the Stardome offers regular stargazing and planetarium shows that aren’t dependent on Auckland’s fickle weather (usually 7pm and 8pm Wednesday to Sunday, with extra shows on weekends).
To get to One Tree Hill from the the city take a train to Greenlane and walk 1km along Green Lane West. By car, take the Greenlane exit off the Southern Motorway and turn right into Green Lane West.