View over Hillpark suburb from Orams Road motorway overbridge
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Hillpark (Hill Park) is a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. It is bordered by suburbs of The Gardens on the east and Manurewa on the south. It was formerly part of Manukau City until the 2010 amalgamation of all of Auckland's councils, and is now under the governance of Auckland Council.
In 2016 Auckland Council recognised Hillpark as Special Character Area. The key characteristics of the area include International Style modernist houses, mid-20th century brick and tile bungalows, Arts and Crafts influenced houses, and English Cottage style houses. The area features large open front yards and setbacks, large lots, wide roads, low densities of buildings, and an abundance of trees. Houses were generally constructed from the late 1950s to 1970s following the creation of a garden subdivision around significant stands of native forest. Hillpark suburb is a native sanctuary, which is home to large areas of native forest and parkland including Orford Park, David Park and Hillcrest Grove Reserve.
In 1910, David Nathan and his wife Simone built their summer residence in Manurewa and named the property ‘The Hill’. In 1964, with the development of the Auckland Southern Motorway, the estate was sold to accommodate residential growth in South Auckland. The land around the Nathan home was developed as the subdivision named "Hillpark Estate", while David Nathan Park and Homestead were held as public assets at the request of the Nathan family.
The Nathan Homestead
The Nathan Homestead is a historic mansion built in 1925 and is situated on nine acres of lawn and gardens. This landmark is situated in Hill Rd, Hillpark. The original summer residence of Nathan family was built in 1910 but was destroyed by fire in 1923 and a new permanent residence was rebuilt on the same site in 1925. The former Manukau Borough Council acquired the homestead and surrounding gardens in 1961. It later served as Manukau City Council offices before being restored and reopened as a community and cultural centre in 1978.
Hillpark Native Forest Remnants
Mature native forest is now very rare in urban Auckland. Some examples of mature totara, puriri, kahikatea, pukatea, and kanuka forest are found in a cluster of council reserves in Hillpark. These include the Hillcrest Grove Reserve (73 Hill Road, Hillpark), Orford Park (40 Hill Road, Hillpark), and David Nathan Park (68 Hill Road, Hillpark). The Native forest parks of Hillpark along with the nearby Auckland Botanic Gardens are the home of native and introduced birds tui, rosella, kereru, and morepork.
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