See & Do
A working farm in the heart of New Zealand’s biggest city.
When Cornwall Park first opened, it leased its land to farmers. Since the 1920s, Cornwall Park began operating its own farm, bringing farmlife directly into the park. 600 sheep, 60 cows and two-full time farmers work the land, and the animals at least double during lambing/calving seasons from July! Our animals are regularly moved throughout the paddocks so you’ll see them as you explore, but stop by Huia Lodge Information Center if you need directions to find them.
Lambing and calving at Cornwall Park
Lambing and calving season is about to start at Cornwall Park, this is the time of year when our lambs and calves are born.
Although an exciting time it is during the first few weeks of their lives that these animals are especially vulnerable. To protect them and give them the best chance of survival, we implementing restricted areas around the animals from 17 July to 10 September. Once the newborns are strong enough, they will be moved to more public areas.
What does this mean for you?
- Paddocks in the Eastern end of the park will be out-of-bounds for dogs and people during this time - please keep clear of this area. The best viewing area for the public is the Belvedere Steps, just south of the café.
See map (here) for details and maps around the park for reference.
Why can't I get close the animals during this time?
- New lambs are particularly vulnerable to people and dogs – sudden noises, human touch, dogs sniffing around can result in the lamb going into shock and dying.
- The mother sheep are also after an instant bond after the birth, and, if interrupted such as through people or dogs, she may just walk away, abandoning the lamb. Either the lamb will die or, if we get to it in time, will need to be hand-raised, which is not in the best interest of the lamb.
- People are also vulnerable to cows that are new mothers – they have strong maternal extincts and will protect their young from perceived threats such as humans and dogs.
We would be grateful for your cooperation during this time....and so will the animals!
If you have any questions please call us on 09 6308485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org