Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park is a landscaped park designed for the recreation and enjoyment of all the people of New Zealand. The park is renowned for its landscape...

Type City Park Walk
Entry / Exit Point Start: Cornwall Park
Entry / Exit Point (2) Finish: Cornwall Park
Distance Variable
Est Time Variable
Standard Walking Track
Grade Easy to Medium
Category All levels from day walkers



Condition Easy to moderate grades with well established, paved surfaces. Mostly flat walking, with climb to the top of One Tree Hill
 

Note Walk located in a park – check opening hours
 

Amenities – Start / Finish Amenities available
Amenities – On Route Amenities available
Closest Town(s) Auckland
Managed by Auckland City Council, phone (09) 379 2020

Location

Cornwall Park is centred on One Tree Hill / Maungakiekie in Auckland New Zealand. It is accessible from Greenlane Rd, Manukau Road or Campbell Road


Description
Cornwall Park is a landscaped park designed for the recreation and enjoyment of all the people of New Zealand. The park is renowned for its landscape design and its wide variety of mature trees. It is centred on a volcanic cone, One Tree Hill, with many interesting geological features. A pre-European Maori fortification (pa) was built on the cone, many features of which can still be seen. The park's donor, Sir John Logan Campbell, is buried on the summit of One Tree Hill alongside the obelisk. The Maori name for the hill is Maungakiekie – mountain of the kiekie. Kiekie (Freycinettia banksii) grows as an epiphytic climber or vine. Immediately adjacent to the Park is One Tree Hill Domain, administered by Auckland City Council. The two parks are run under different management but with very similar objectives.


Visitors can experience them as one park. The park is open 7am to dusk every day. Signs at the gates show the closing time. Cornwall Park has tree plantings dating back over the past 150 years. Austin Strong's design intended to protect the natural beauty of the landscape and provide open spaces for passive recreation. Although, it was not until the 1920s that intensive planting of the Park began, the current practice is to follow the aims and objectives of Campbell's intention for the Park and elements of Strong's design features. Guided walks are often run through the year.


Further information: http://www.cornwallpark.co.nz/
 

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