This 500 metre explosion crater used to be called Geddes Basin as it was a shallow basin where small boats could moor. Prior to the south side being breached by the sea, fresh water used to collect in the crater. The basin days came to an end in the 1930’s when the entrance silted up, fill was dumped and the resulting sports field named Gloucester Park in honour of the Duke of Gloucester and was used as army barraks in WW2.
For this expedition I had my friend Avril Fleur accompany me. We parked near the cul-de-sac of Onehunga Mall road and, wondering how we would cross under the motorway, soon came upon the rather decorative solution.
I wanted to stay here and admire the artwork but we had a volcano to explore.
We popped out on the South side of the motorway and crossing over Onehunga Harbour road, we walked along the footbridge portion of Coronation road before deciding that every step that brought us closer to Mangere Mountain was taking us further from Te Hopua a Rangi and we’d better turn back.
Following the shoreline alongside Onehunga Harbour road quickly brought us to the Aotea Sea Scout’s hall a landmark we were both keen to see. Not just because it’s an historical building built in 1911 before Geddes Basin silted up but there is more than one geocache located nearby and a huge hunk of lava from flung from a Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) lava flow when Te Hopua first burst on the scene many thousands of years ago.
We had no luck looking for the geocache so continued a bit north of the Scout hall. Saw this muck flowing into the sea..
And some birds happy to fossick about in the muck for a shellfish supper.
After watching the birds for a few minutes we headed back the way we’d come. This time under the motorway via Onehunga Harbour road
After jumping back in the car I thought we’d better just check out the Northern half and the actual Gloucester Park. It was just a sportsground, much like any other. I should’ve got out and explored around the edges of this part as, apparently, remnants of the tuff ring can be seen here.
And finally, a couple more pictures from the Google cam, of the view from the motorway, which everyone should know but should not be taking pictures of if they’re driving.