City Parks

Tour Details:
 Departs Auckland
 Pick Up / Drop Off
Full day option:  Yes
Half day option:  By arrangement
 Best taken All Year
 Duration Full day or Half Day
 Fitness Level Normal. Some walking required
 Transport Included
Full day option:  Included
Half day option:  No
 Meals Not included
 Accommodation N/A
 Group size min. 1 - max. 6
 You will need:
 Summer: Comfortable footware, sun screen. sun glasses
 Winter: Warm clothing, Windbreaker
 Additional activities: N/A
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This Tour can be taken as a Half Day Walking Tour.

We'll visit Albert Park, Myers Park, St Kevin's Arcade and the gardens of the Old Government House at the University of Auckland grounds with the Clock Tower and other places of historic interest.

Please contact me for more information if you are interested, or select the Half Day Tour Option on the Booking Form.

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Auckland City Parks

The perfect day on the green. We start the day at the Auckland Domain, at the majestic entry of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The Auckland Domain is an invigorating experience with photo opportunities for every photographic taste.

  • The Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • The Winter Garden
  • The Fernery
  • Flower arrangements
  • Shadows and colours in the park
  • The Magnolia Garden
  • The Auckland Domain Sculpture walk

Next we move to Albert Park. Albert Park is full of colour and unexpected views to the city high rises. The majestic Queen Victoria Statue surrounded by palm trees is always photogenic as it is the recently renovated 125 years old Cast Iron Fountain.

  • Queen Victoria Statue
  • The Cast Iron Fountain
  • The Guns pointed at the city
  • Sky high Palm Trees
  • Views to Auckland City

Our next destination: Myers Park. Briefly we dip ourselves into the busy city life as we cross Wellesley Street and Queen Street to reach Myers Park. Here, peace and quiet reign again after the hustle and bustle of Queen Street. Myers is not a big park but there is always something to catch the eye and keen camera.

  • A cozy park in the headrt of the city
  • The City emerging above the green
  • St Kevin's Arcade
  • K Road

Western Park is next. We briefly meet city life again as we go through the St Kevin's Arcade to emerge on the colourful K Road and go to Western Park. The main photographic attraction and opportunity at the Western Park are... the Ruins. They are not real ruins of course, but give the park an eerie sort of feeling. Actually they are sculptures by artist John Radford collectively called "The Tip”.

  • The Ruins
  • Ponsonby Street

Our final destination for the day is Cornwall Park. Crowned by the One Tree Hill Volcano, Cornwall Park provides delightful sights, views and photographic opportunities all year round, as well as an insight into Auckland's history and heritage.

  • One Tree Hill
  • Views to the City from the summit
  • The 3 Volcano craters
  • Light and shadows in the park
  • The bright colours of the flower arrangements
  • The Acacia House.
  • John Logan's Obelisk and Monument.

The Half Day Walking Tour begins at Albert Park and continues at the Old Government Hose Gardens and Historic buildings at the University of Auckland Precinct and Prices Street.

  • The Parks
  • The Old Government Hose
  • The Clock Tower
  • The Albert Barracks Wall
  • The Old Synagogue
  • Heritage houses on Princess Street

The Half Day Tour ends at the St Kevin's Arcade after a walk through Myers Park.


Please select the "Full Day Tour" or "Half Day Tour" Option on the Booking Form.

Albert Park is the starting point of the Half Day Tour, the Auckland Domain is the starting point of the Full Day Tour.

Depending on the season and weather and your personal preferences our itinerary may change.

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Additional Information

The Auckland Domain
The 75 hectare Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park. It has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano.

The outstanding trees in the lawn arboretum were seedlings from a nursery set up in the Domain in 1841 to grow and distribute European plants and trees to the whole of the city.

A garden for the blind is located near the intersection of Titoki Street and Maunsell Road and contains raised beds of aromatic, herbaceous and sensory plants.

Magnolia gardens sit along Domain Drive just past the Parnell Tennis Club and contain a variety of magnolias.

Albert Park
The Cast Iron Fountain is 125 years old, and was recently renovated and restored to its full glory and lustre.
The Queen Victoria statue was unveiled in 1899 to mark the sixtieth jubilee of her reign. It was the first statue of her in the country.
The two muzzle-loading guns on display were originally brought to New Zealand in 1879 and set up in forts at North Head and Point Resolution to defend the harbour.

Myers Park
Myers Park opened in 1916.
It is named after Auckland's Mayor from 1905-1910, Arthur Mielzinier Myers who donated £10,000 towards purchasing land in the area.
In 1916 the Nathan family gave a 20ft right of way along the eastern boundary of their St.Kevens property to serve as the entrance to Myers Park from K Road. The site was redeveloped as St Kevin's Arcade in 1924.

Western Park
In 1873, the council put forward the considerable sum of ten guineas as prize money for the best new park design, and 11 different concepts were submitted. The winners were Messrs Hammond and Blackmore with an intricate design entitled 'Lily of the Valley'. The new park was finished, and in 1874.

Cornwall Park
The park's donor, Sir John Logan Campbell, is buried on the summit of One Tree Hill alongside the obelisk. The Maori name for the hill is Maungakiekie - mountain of the kiekie.

Cornwall Park is named after the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary of England)

With the Royal Visit in 1901, and as Mayor of Auckland Campbell pre-empted his will and handed the title deed to the Park to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York.

The Park was formally opened in August 1903.

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