the Acacia Cottage

The Auckland Heritage Festival kicks off today, celebrating the 169th anniversary of the city’s founding. The Acacia Cottage is one of the earliest surviving timber dwellings in the country and the oldest in Auckland. Built in 1841 this small timber house originally stood to the rear of the Shortland Street store run by William Brown […]

one tree hill

A creepy looking sheep happily poses in front of the summit of Maungakiekie or One tree Hill. One Tree Hill is one of the largest of the 52 volcanoes in the Auckland Volcanic Field. The following is the brief story of One Tree Hill as told by Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Maungakiekie […]

Maidenhair trees

 A spot of bright yellow in a cloudy gray day, this grove of Gingko Biloba trees in the Cornwall Park was planted in the mid sixties. I don’t know what is the tree with the red flowers in the foreground, but it provided for a nice colourful contrast…