Maungakiekie – One Tree Hill – Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Maungakiekie – One tree Hill.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Maungakiekie in the Video tab.

The second-largest of the 46 volcanoes that dot the Auckland landscape, Maungakiekie was once the site of a massive pā (fortified village), home to several thousand people. By the time of European settlement the pā had been abandoned, and a single tōtara tree grew on the summit. This was later replaced by a single Monterey pine, and Maungakiekie became known as One Tree Hill.

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Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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