The streets of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland aren’t well known for their deciduous foliage, but one exception is Franklin Road in Freemans Bay, where 100-year-old plane trees guide you through the seasons. The Christmas lights transform the area into a fairytale at night. In spring and summer, a canopy forms a green roof above. As the leaves fall, bare branches are revealed.
The trees aren’t the only things that have lined this street for quite some time — its villas were built in the Victorian era. Natasha Markham, a native of the area and founder of MAUD is very familiar with this heritage.