11. Otara Hill/ Te Puke o Taramainuku

Visited on January 28 2013

It’s gone by the names: Otara Hill, Te Puke o Taramainuku, Mary Gray and Smales Mountain but call it what you want; it doesn’t really exist anymore 😦 This is one of the sacrificed ones. Sacrificed for scoria. Sacrificed for land. Sacrificed for progress, businesses and ultimately, the people of Auckland.

Where are you Otara Hill? Remnant of tuff ring on the far right. Hampton Park below left (Thanks Google Maps)

Where are you Otara Hill? Remnant of tuff ring on the far right. Hampton Park below left (Thanks Google Maps)

We started our walk from the part of Sir William Ave not visible on the above picture. We entered from the North and turned left onto Lady Ruby Drive. As far as I was concerned this was just going to be a simple walk for the sake of getting some exercise. I had no hopes of photographing anything of interest. It is, after all, an area of business. This road sign was the first thing of note we came across.

A perfect reminder that here once stood a volcano

A perfect reminder that here once stood a volcano

Next we came across a plot of land for sale. In the far distance you can see the only remaining piece of the tuff ring that once surrounded a 500 metre explosion crater.

View from Lady Ruby Drive looking East/North-East through a vacant site to part of the tuff ring

View from Lady Ruby Drive looking East/North-East through a vacant site to part of the tuff ring

We continued on Lady Ruby Drive until we came to Barmac Place and I was in two minds whether to go in… But we did, if only to get to the closest point to where the largest 60 metre high scoria cone once stood. We noticed quite a few rows of rocks around the place. Almost every business had a token rock.

Got some leftover basalt rocks? Line your driveway with them -that'll stop trucks backing into the side of your warehouse

Got some leftover basalt rocks? Line your driveway with them -that’ll stop trucks backing into the side of your warehouse

These concretions provided an unusual backdrop to the donuts in the cul-de-sac.

Tang Ming Group elephants guarding either side of their driveway

Tang Ming Group elephants guarding either side of their driveway

 

Tang Ming Group dolphins providing some whimsy on this industrial walk

Tang Ming Group dolphins providing some whimsy on this industrial walk

 

Trees in the Hampton Park Volcano glimpsed through business premises on the South side of Lady Ruby Drive

Trees in the Hampton Park Volcano glimpsed through business premises on the South side of Lady Ruby Drive

I got a surprise when we came across this…

The Lucky Book Club HQ

The Lucky Book Club HQ

It kinda takes some of the mystery away. As a child I assumed the club premises were wonderful -filled with books, tree huts, story tellers, cartoon characters, giant cushions and fun for all, much like Mr Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. I must admit I was a little bit disappointed. Were you ever lucky enough to be part of The Lucky Book Club? I was. I got one book when I was 8 years old and thought it was wonderfully special.

More whimsy? Part of an ancient castle? Nope just a random ivy-covered column (as far as I can tell)

More whimsy? Part of an ancient castle? No, just a random ivy-covered column (as far as I can tell)

Incidentally, the ring road we walked around composed of both Sir William Ave and Lady Ruby Drive was named after this man and his wife. Which is fitting as it was his company that quarried and carted away this volcano. Upon further reading I see it’s not all bad; he might’ve levelled a volcano but he certainly gave back to his Auckland community in many other ways.

One thought on “11. Otara Hill/ Te Puke o Taramainuku

  1. […] on the Southern side of Lady Ruby Drive, where the multi-coned Otara volcano once stood, back onto Hampton Park and with such close proximity it’s easy to see why […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s