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our cherry blossoms!
Cherry Blossoms at Cornwall Park
Always a park visitor favourite, our cherry blossoms come into bloom late September/ early October every year.
As our cherry blossoms are very popular we have put in place the following guidelines to ensure all visitors get the chance to enjoy the trees.
About our Cherry Blossoms
Our cherry blossom flower annually from around mid-late September onwards for a period of about 4 weeks (this is dependent on the weather). We try to predict when the flowering will peak by tracking weather in the months preceding, a good cold snap and then a period of sun is the best combination. Once flowering, a good Auckland storm can remove many blossoms instantly.
In the park we have a few different types of cherry.
Prunus x yedoensis 'Awanui' - Planted in the park in 1996. Has masses of large pink-tinged single blossoms and serrated green leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn.
Prunus ‘Accolade’ - Planted in the park in 1998. Profuse clusters of semi-double, rich pink flowers on bare stems.
Prunus campanulata ‘Taiwanese Cherry’ - Planted in the park between 1996-1998. Deep pink flowers bloom earlier than the other cherry blossoms in August.
Where can I see Cherry Blossoms in the park?
There are two locations to see cherry blossoms in the park. The largest collection is located half way down Pōhutukawa Drive on the right when entering from the main gates at Greenlane West. The second smaller collection is located along Pūriri Drive, on the left when moving toward Campbell Crescent.
Can I picnic under the trees?
As the cherry blossoms draw larger and larger crowds, people picnicking under the trees makes it harder for everyone to enjoy them. We ask that picnics are placed on the surrounding field, enjoying the trees from a distance. This allows visitors to walk through the trees, giving everyone a chance to get close.
Things to consider when visiting the Cherry Blossoms:
- When planning a visit during October consider that parking close to the main cherry blossoms may be hard and there may be some traffic/queues. On a sunny weekend day, consider parking along Pūriri Drive and walking into the park. Or come via public transport!
- Planning a quick drive by the cherry blossoms? Head to the Pūriri Drive location to avoid a busy car park and get closer to the trees.
- Currently there are no through roads in Cornwall Park, to access the cherry blossoms you will need to enter through the main entrance at Greenlane west or along Pūriri Drive.
- Please strictly no parking on the grass or stopping on road ways.
- Weekday visits are quieter to visit than weekends. Swing by after work to see the Blossoms, the park closes at 8pm from October 1st.
- A busy day in the park? Head to the cherry blossoms along Pūriri Drive. They are generally more quieter to visit, but are just as pretty.
This year has created some challenges for us all. We ask that all park visitors follow New Zealand Government guidelines regarding current Alert Levels when visiting the park and cherry blossoms, this included social distancing and gathering sizes.