See & Do
Visit the Huia Lodge Discovery Hub today!
Huia Lodge Discovery Hub is both a historic building - built in early 1900s - and where you can discover more about Cornwall Park. There’s space to play, learn, have a chat about what interests you, share your own memories of Cornwall Park, and make some new ones.
Huia Lodge was designed by Sir John and Charles Le Neve Arnold and built between 1901-1903. The official opening ceremony of Cornwall Park presided over by Sir John Logan Campbell took place on the front steps of Huia Lodge on the 26th August 1903. Sir John envisioned it as a place for people to stop on their way up the hill. It was originally the home for the park caretakers and their families, and for many years the park caretakers served tea and scones to visitors that passed through the park. Later it was home to the restaurant managers of the kiosk next door. The house is built in the ‘Queen Anne Revival Style’ and features kauri timber throughout most of the rooms. Although it underwent alteration and modernisation over the years when it was lived in, the restoration of 1991-93 has returned it to its original appearance. It officially opened as a visitor centre in February 1994.
The Lindo Ferguson Education Centre was built next to Huia Lodge and opened in 2002. Today we use it for exhibitions - with focuses on education (such as Kauri trees/Kauri Dieback and daily life on the Cornwall Park farm), culture, art and photography and sometimes workshops. There's something new every couple of months, so come on in!
Today Huia Lodge is where you’ll discover everything about Cornwall Park. Come and explore what makes Cornwall Park special, let the kids discover the lava cave room and ask the friendly staff anything about the park! You can even buy some gifts and souvenirs, with all proceeds going towards the care of the park.
Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.