Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park. It is spacious and diverse and provides services to locals as well as being a destination site for domestic and overseas visitors to Auckland.
The Winter Gardens are a feature of the Domain with the Auckland War Memorial Museum sitting at the highest point. There are formal gardens, sports fields, duck ponds, large green open spaces edged by mature trees, bush walks and statuary.
The 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The 'tuff rings' created by volcanic activity thousands of years ago can be seen in the land contours and form a natural amphitheatre with about 10 hectares developed as first-class sports fields.
The formal gardens evolved from an 1860s Auckland Acclimatisation Society site to test and propagate exotic trees, birds, and trout.