frequently asked questions

Accessibility

There are disabled car parks available throughout the park. Not all of our toilets have disabled access due to their heritage status — please see our map for disabled toilet locations.

BBQs

BBQs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Gas and wood are provided ⁠— you just need matches and kindling to get the fire going. Please show respect for those waiting and clean the BBQ and its surrounding area after use. You’re welcome to bring your own portable gas BBQ, but these must be on legs and positioned away from the trees. Charcoal BBQs are permitted in the concrete wood-burning BBQ area only and must never be used on the grass. Hot coals must be removed by the user and not disposed of in Cornwall Park rubbish bins. Download our map to see our three BBQ locations (two gas and one wood-burning) and for more information, please visit our See & Do section.

Bicycles

There are many bicycle racks throughout the park where you can lock up your bike while you explore on foot.

Conditions of Entry

Entry to Cornwall Park is governed by our Conditions of Entry. These are also displayed on notice boards throughout the park. Our staff or security will talk to you if these are being violated. 

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the park, but must be on a lead at all times for the protection of our animals and other park users. During lambing and calving season we also do not allow dogs in certain areas, which will be signposted.

Eateries & food

You are welcome to bring food and drinks into the park, or attend one of the three eateries onsite — Cornwall Park Bistro, Cornwall Park Cafe or The Creamery for an icecream. See their locations on our map and for more information including opening hours, please visit cornwallparkeateries.com

Farm animals

Cornwall Park is a working farm, with about 600 sheep and 60 cattle. Sheep are cows are often in the eastern and southern areas of the park or in Olive Grove. People are not permitted to touch the animals as it can be dangerous to get too close. 

Lambing starts at the beginning of August and goes through till mid-September. Calving is mid-July to mid-August. During this time, we restrict access to certain areas of the farm to keep the animals safe. 

We shear our sheep twice a year, once in May and once in December. It is not open for public viewing as our woolshed is quite small. However, we have occasional farm tours — keep an eye on our What's On section for details. 

Our farmers feed out silage (fermented grass) or hay (dried grass) to the animals during periods of drought, and stock is rotated regularly so that animals have enough to eat. 

We don't allow the collection of manure from the park as it returns nutrients back to our soil and is useful for our gardens.

For more information, please visit our See & Do section. 

Filming & photography

Please contact Huia Lodge Discovery Hub for any film or photography enquiries. Please note that we restrict commercial activity. 

Gazebos & pegs

We allow one 3x3m gazebo per group and please only use weights to hold down your gazebo. We do not allow pegs to be used as these can damage our mowers and also the ground. 

Getting to the One Tree Hill summit

The loop road around the summit is 2.9km, which is about a 40-minute walk (or a quicker jog!). From Cornwall Park, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the One Tree Hill summit. You can get there via the loop road in One Tree Hill Domain or ramble over the paddocks and farm land.

Please be aware Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain is administered by Auckland Council and any use of it must be directed to them on (09) 301 0101.

Lost & found 

Please contact Huia Lodge Discovery Hub for all lost property.

Opening hours

Please refer to the opening hours section of this website and signs displayed at all main entrances for current closing times.

Picnics

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink into the park and set up a picnic for as long as you like. If your picnic has more than 30 guests, please fill out our event enquiry form. It is important to note that there are guidelines for picnics to keep our park community safe.

Playgrounds

There is no playground in Cornwall Park, but you’ll find one next door in One Tree Hill Domain near the Stardome.  In Cornwall Park, you’ll find nature’s playground, pop-up play activities (check our What’s on section regularly), and fitness equipment near the Cornwall Park Cafe.

The Stardome

This is part of One Tree Hill Domain and can be found at 670 Manukau Rd, ph (09) 624 1246 or visit www.stardome.org.nz.

Toilets

See our map to find the nearest toilet. If there is a disabled access option it will be indicated. 

Vacancies & volunteering

Please check our Park Updates or contact Huia Lodge Discovery Hub if you’re interested in working or volunteering with us.  

Walks, talks & research

Our team has very limited capacity to run guided walks or activities or assist with research outside of our seasonal events programming. If you do have a specific request, please contact Huia Lodge with as many details as possible and we will do our best to assist you.

Water fountains

Many water fountains can be found throughout the park. You'll find them on our map.