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One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park, and Kite Day

Upon returning from Hawke’s Bay to Auckland, we visited One Tree Hill, and I saw a poster for Kite Day in Cornwall Park.

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill

The weather changed constantly the two days we spent driving back.  It was nice when we arrived at One Tree Hill, but we could see the rain rolling in over the city.

Incoming storm
Incoming storm

It rained hard, then cleared, and gave us one of the best rainbows I’ve seen in New Zealand.  It was a nice welcome home!

Rainbow over Auckland
Rainbow over Auckland

I saw a poster for Kite Day, and we returned for that the following weekend. One Tree Hill is located within the larger Cornwall Park in central Auckland.

We were a bit early, so we had a brief look around Cornwall Park before I figured out that we were in the wrong place for the kites.  Several groups of people did tai chi in the calm of the morning.

Cornwall Park
Cornwall Park

Deeper research on Google showed me where the kites were, and we went there.  There were ground-based activities, mostly for kids from what I saw, but I was interested in the kites.

Kite Day in Cornwall Park
Kite Day in Cornwall Park

I hadn’t really seen kites like this before.  They look best if the shape is successful at taking in enough air to keep them inflated so that they can keep their shape.  The air inside comes from the wind; no part of the kites are otherwise inflated.

The manta ray kite below kept its shape very well.

Manta ray kite
Manta ray kite

Many of them have smaller kites to help them stay in the air and/or keep their shape.

The squid got a bit flat at times.

Manta ray and squid kites
Manta ray and squid kites

But it had moments when it looked really good.

Squid kite
Squid kite

The big whale kept its shape much better than the smaller one, but it is pretty big to keep up enough air pressure inside.

Whale kites
Whale kites

For some reason the pig and dragon were paired up on the same set of strings.

Pig and dragon
Pig and dragon

These bird kites were small and flying low, but they looked great.

Realistic bird kite

Kite Day was small, but I was impressed with a lot of the kites, and I’m glad I went.

Ray and squid flying higher than the birds
Ray and squid flying higher than the birds

Before we left the second ray went back up.

Colorful ray kite
Colorful ray kite

Enjoy the full gallery of 15 pictures below!