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  • Writer's pictureRosh Daji

My Sanctuary in the City: One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park


A Personal Journey Through the Wonders of Auckland's One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park throughout the years.


When it comes to finding solace amidst the bustling city of Auckland, One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park have become my go-to sanctuaries. These two interconnected gems offer a delightful blend of nature, history, and recreation, making them the perfect places to unwind and create cherished memories.


Each time I visit One Tree Hill, I eagerly embark on the trek towards my favourite spot, nestled on the hill's northern side. The hike is rewarded with a breathtaking view of Auckland's skyline and the sparkling Hauraki Gulf, which always leaves me in awe. With a cosy picnic blanket and a bottle of wine, I enjoy watching the sunset and painting the sky in a mesmerizing array of colours.

One Tree Hill boasts numerous walking trails catering to all levels of fitness and adventure, making it an ideal destination for leisurely strolls and invigorating hikes. The trails offer ever-changing, awe-inspiring views that make each visit a unique and unforgettable experience.


As I explore, I'm always delighted to encounter Cornwall Park's endearing cows. These charming creatures have become an Auckland institution, and their presence brings a smile to my face. I make sure to give them plenty of space, as they are still wild animals at heart.


Cornwall Park, adjacent to One Tree Hill, is a verdant oasis perfect for spending a leisurely afternoon. The sprawling park offers a myriad of activities, from lounging on the grass to navigating its intricate network of walking trails. I am particularly fond of the park's lush gardens and historic sites, which offer a serene and contemplative environment.

At the heart of Cornwall Park is a charming café where I love to indulge in a sumptuous flat white and a delectable slice of cake. This delightful spot provides a perfect opportunity to relax and refuel after exploring the park and the hill.


One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park also boast a rich history, with intriguing landmarks and monuments scattered throughout. The obelisk at the summit of One Tree Hill is a must-see, while the nearby gravesite adds to the area's fascinating past. Each visit to these landmarks enriches my understanding of their historical significance.


One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park have become my personal havens in the heart of Auckland, offering a harmonious blend of nature, history, and adventure. As I continue to explore these captivating destinations, I fall more in love with their enchanting beauty and charm. If you're ever in Auckland, I wholeheartedly recommend embarking on your own unforgettable journey through One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park – you won't regret it.

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