Auckland is a city built for recreation, and there is no better evidence of this than it’s lush green parks. Cornwall Park is no exception. It’s a picnic under the trees, an exploration of Auckland’s oldest building, or a hike to the summit of a volcano that was once a Maori Pa.
Cornwall Park was gifted to the people of Auckland in 19o1 by Sir John Logan Campbell. “I bid you welcome to Cornwall Park. May its green fields and pure air be to you a never-failing enjoyment . . . A recreation ground secured to you, your children and your children’s children for all time.”
The park is all that he envisioned, and so much more. Centred around Maungakiekie, the volcanic cone of One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park attracts tourists and locals. Within its gates, we found hundreds of trees, historic buildings, Stardome Observatory, picnic tables and BBQs, a children’s playground, tennis courts, sports fields, an olive grove, a sunken garden, a band rotunda, farm animals, and the obelisk located at the summit.
- Cornwall Park is located in Auckland New Zealand, with entrances to the park on Manukau Road, Greenlane West, and Campbell Road. There is plenty of parking on the grounds.
- The park is open 7 am to dusk every day and is always free to enter.
- Cornwall Park has three eateries, the Cafe (photo above), a Bistro, and a Creamery. Hours vary seasonally and during the daytime, at least one of the three is usually open.
- In the spring and summer, don’t be surprised to see a wedding at the park. (They take bookings at three locations).
- You can download park trails and events to your smartphone.
- There is a map of the park on the park’s website.
What will you do at Cornwall Park?
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