Cornwall Park has tree plantings dating back over the past 150 years. Austin Strongs 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 Campbells intention for the Park and elements of Strongs design features.
Follows is a brief chronology of the major plantings and undertakings in the Park.

1927 Puriri Drive was planted with 250 puriri (Vitex lucens), as well as plantings kauri (Agathis australis), kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile), tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides), totara (Podocarpus totara), and taraire (Beilschmieda tarairi).

  • 1929 Pohutukawa Drive was planted with 400 pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) and 100 norfolk island pines (Araucaria heterophylla).
  • 1934 Twin Oak Drive was planted from acorns grown in the park.
  • 1947 the Kauri Grove was planted with kauri, rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum), totara, tanekaha and kohekohe.
  • 1965 the Native Arboretum was established, this has been steadily added to over the years.
  • 1985 landscaping and redevelopment of the Cornwall Hospital site began. 

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Cornwall Park self guided Tree Trail


Puriri - Vitex lucens

Ginkgo-Ginkgo biloba L.

Olive -Olea europaea

Autumn colour

Japanese flowering cherry trees                                            Maple - Acer buergerianum Miq.  
 Prunus sargentii, Prunus subhirtella.



Each winter replacement stock and new plantings are undertaken by Park staff.
For further information brochures are available at the Park Information Centre.


      Guided Tree walks are also offered over the spring and autumn seasons, check the News and Events page for updates on when these walks are held or contact the    Information Centre.

Algerian Oak, (Quercus canariensis) Notable Tree

                          A notable tree - Algerian Oak,   Quercus canariensis