Clarks and Bishops Kauri are two of the oldest and largest Kauri in the Auckland urban area. They are estimated to be 1000 years old. They are accessed only via Clark Bush track, a short side trail from either Exhibition Drive or Hilary Trail walks, and just 1km along Scenic Drive from Titirangi Village.
During the early 20th century Clark’s and Bishop’s Kauri were often photographed and people came out from Auckland to see them. They now surrounded by regenerating forest.
Exhibition Drive – 100 years of making the grade quotes ‘1923 Motor Trips Around Auckland’.
Many large kauris survive here in spite of intermittent ‘cutting out’ One of the
finest, a tree of seven or eight feet in diameter, stands alone in an open
paddock on Mr J Bishops property, close to the Pipe track, nearly opposite the
tanks at the entrance to the Drive
If look through many historical photos of Titirangi, you will soon begin to recognise these trees – the earliest is this image from the 1890s showing Bishop’s Kauri.
Photo: Titirangi. Beere, Daniel Manders, 1833-1909 :Negatives of New Zealand and Australia. Ref: 1/2-096247-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22365069
An Auckland Star article from 1936 reminds us that these trees have lived through many historical events.
Many more recent images are available in the Local History Online collection.
There is another smaller tree still visible on the Manuka Rd, Woodlands Park Rd corner.