Comfort Inn & Suites Kudos
203 Kirkbride Road
Phone: (64) 9 2759988
Fax: (64) 9 5239285
Ambury has been farmed for hundreds of years, first by Maori and then by Europeans. Today Ambury Farm (133 hectares) is a working farm, stocked primarily with horses, sheep and cattle. Its location on Manukau Harbour also makes it a popular destination with bird watchers who look for godwit and knot as well as pied oyster catchers and wrybill. Feed the baby farm animals, see demonstrations of sheep shearing and wood chopping, ride a pony or a tractor!
This is one of the most popular speedway tracks in the country, and it provides entertainment for the whole family. All safety measures are taken, for crowd and drivers. The season runs from November through March. There is stock and saloon car racing, with races for modified and street stock cars. Two demolition derby were held in the last season. It is usually held once a week, on Saturday nights, with some Sunday nights being used also. So, all you petrol-heads, bring a friend. Prices vary from event to event.
The Blockhouse was constructed in Onehunga in 1860 as one of a series of fortified buildings for protecting Auckland from attack by the Waikato tribes during the Land Wars. It was sited with unobstructed views over the area of the Manukau Harbour, and built with brick walls nearly a foot thick, steel-plate doors and shutters and fire-fighting gear on hand! It was restored in the 1960s and is used today as a community meeting place. Two other historic buildings nearby are Journey's End, a replica fencible cottage and museum, and Laishley House, a Congregational Manse of 1859.
Multimedia, lasers and a planetarium are all part of the varied "edu-tainment" available at the Stardome Observatory, an addition to the observatory, which opened in 1967. The director is professional astronomer Ian Griffen, and after the show visitors can look through one of the observatory's telescopes at the stars (the biggest is 50 centimeters). A shop offers souvenir books, toys and posters. As well as entertaining shows, the observatory is home to research projects into asteroids. Check the web site for show schedules.
Sadly, the eponymous pine tree at the summit had to be removed following several attacks on its 105-year-old trunk. Known by Maori as Maungakiekie, or hill of the kiekie vine, One Tree Hill (elevation 183 meters, or 600 feet) is a 20,000-year-old scoria cone offering exquisite views over central Auckland and surrounding areas. Located in Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill was heavily fortified in Maori times and has the remains of extensive earthworks and terraces. The summit is accessible by car or walking track. Admission is free.
Presented to the city by Mayor Sir Logan Campbell in 1901 to be maintained as "a place of public resort for the recreation and enjoyment of the people of New Zealand", Cornwall Park retains the rural character of early Auckland with grazing cattle and sheep. Cornwall Park features a popular tea house located in the restored Huia Lodge Visitor Centre and Acacia Cottage, Auckland's oldest house (1841), moved to the Park in 1920. The Auckland Observatory is located near the Manukau Road entrance to the Park.
Acacia Cottage and Huia Lodge stand opposite each other in Cornwall Park near one end of the Olive Grove Road. Acacia Cottage was built in Shortland Street in the city in 1841 and is reputed to be the oldest wooden house in Auckland. It is a fine example of how the earliest little settler cottages were built and furnished. Huia Lodge was built between 1901-3. It is a delightful and cosy example of an early twentieth century timber lined home. It now functions as the Cornwall Park Visitors Information Center. The lodge opens daily at 7 a.m.
The Tse Ming Temple is entered through a large, elegant gateway of traditional design. There is a fine statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in the garden. The temple itself is in finely decorated traditional Chinese-palace style. The doors are finely carved with symbolic wheels. You can light incense and make offerings. A large statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, flanked by two other Bodhisattvas, stand inside the temple. Contact the abbess, Master Chang Shuen, for service times. Visitors are welcome. Most services are in Chinese (Mandarin), and there is also an English session. Services are generally followed by a free vegetarian lunch.
Dedicated to the victims of the World War II, the War Memorial Park is an open green space in Mt Roskill. The park comprises a number of football fields where youngsters practice their games, and a jogging track for the fitness enthusiasts. Cultural events often take place at the park, which involves people in large numbers. The popular venue - Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall is also located within its premises and is regularly used for festivals and cultural events.
Nestled in the heart of Auckland's eastern suburbs, the Remuera Golf Club provides easy access for the golf enthusiast without time to travel great distances for their game. The folks in Remuera, a bastion of the well heeled, expect and receive a lovely space to test their game and practice their swing. Easily meeting these demands, with a well-stocked pro shop and qualified teachers available, a visit to this club is a treat. The grounds are superb and the ambiance dignified at this eastern bays golf course. Membership to club, or membership of an affiliated club required.
Mount Wellington dominates the landscape of South Auckland and provides superb vistas of the Tamaki Estuary and the low portage to Manukau Harbour. It was once such a strategic place that it was the scene of many battles. By the time of European settlement, it was mostly abandoned. The summit is accessible by road from Mountain Road off the Panmure roundabout. From the summit you get extensive views of the gigantic Winstone Quarry, which provides an excellent look at the scoria and volcanic tuff that underlies most of Auckland.
This award finalist and local wine shop and cellar is a pleasant spot to visit. They have a good selection of wine available and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Special offers of wine with great savings per case come up from time to time. A small selection of beer and spirits is also available. Wine tasting is held every second Wednesday, and regular wine courses on The Art of Wine.