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The Auckland Domain is Auckland's oldest park, and at 75 hectares one of the largest in the city. (from the Auckland City Council website, Retrieved Sunday 15 April 2007) Located in the central suburb of Grafton, the park lies mostly within the crater of the Pukekawa volcano. (PDF) (from the Auckland War Memorial Museum website)

The park is home to one of Auckland's main tourist attractions, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which sits prominently on the crater rim. Several sports fields occupy the floor of the crater, circling to the south of the cone, while the rim opposite the Museum hosts the cricket pavilion and Auckland City Hospital. The Wintergarden, with two beautiful glass houses, as well as the Duck Ponds lie on the north edge of the cone.


The Auckland Domain volcano, Pukekawa, is around 100,000-150,000 years old, making it one of the oldest in the Auckland Volcanic Field, and in time has been formed into a gently sloped crater ring with a small scoria cone (Pukekaroa) in the centre. Its tuff crater rim, created by at least one major explosion, is made of a mixture of scoria, lapilli and original basement rock. At least one small lava flow also flowed out of the crater, into the general area of the Auckland City Hospital to the west.

Originally, the crater floor was a lake, which later turned into a swamp and slowly filled up with alluvium and sediment,...
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