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One Tree Hill – Auckland, New Zealand

One Tree Hill isn’t just a show on CW! One Tree Hill in Auckland is also a wee extinct volcano in the middle of the city. And just one of many in the area. But, there is no tree on top of “One Tree Hill,” as the original was cut down by European settlers, and attempts to grow a new tree in the same spot have been… unsuccessful (if you care, check out more on Wikipedia page).

We started our day early by heading to the waterfront of Auckland, and finding a small cafe that served what can only be described as the worst crepes I have ever eaten. Actually, they were probably the tastiest cardboard I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating, topped with an eau-du-lemon-scented-bathroom-cleaner. Yum. Trust you’re Yelp reviews, guys. If a place doesn’t even exist on Yelp, maybe there’s a reason…

After our breakfast, checking out of our hotel, and finding Scott a barber for the haircut he had wanted for weeks but always found a reason to get “tomorrow,” we picked up our rental car and drove toward One Tree Hill. When entering Cornwall Park, the park that surrounds the hill, you are greeted by grazing livestock. Probably the most Kiwi image ever. You can pretty much drive to the summit of the hill, but we chose a little walk considering we’d be driving for the rest of the day. We didn’t take to long in the park in the end as, funnily enough, our cardboard crepes hadn’t quelled our appetites, and we had a hankering for some McDonalds (or Macca’s as they say over here). We never found the McDonalds.

One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland
One Tree Hill, Auckland

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
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