See & Do

With over 350 species and 8000 trees, Cornwall Park has the trees for you!

Many are natives to New Zealand, including a Pohutukawa over 150 years old. Our trees reflect both the history of the park and, given they were planted with future generations in mind, the vision for the future.  It’s our trees that link generations of visitors to the park.  

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are the national flower of Japan and the universal symbol of spring. They can be found near the main carpark and along Puriri Drive. You’ll see them in bloom from late September to mid October for three to four weeks.

Pohutukawa Drive

Pohutukawa Drive was planted with 400 native Pohutukawa trees in 1929 and 100 Norfolk Pines, planted in 1929. See them flower with different shades of red in December. To see a yellow-flowering Pohutukawa, head to the carpark next to the Bistro.

Algerian Oak

The Algerian Oak is a mighty tree, standing at 18m tall, 3m in diameter, and nearly 100 years old. It is one of the largest trees in the park.

Native Arboretum

The Native Arboretum is where the trees frame the edges of the central green lawn next to the main carpark. Here you'll find Totaras, Kohe Kohe, Kowhai, Titoki, Rimu, and more! This is the perfect spot for picnics with lots of shade and space to play.

Kauri Grove

The Kauri Grove is home to five native species - Kauri, Rimu, Totara, Tanekaha and Kohekohe, which were mostly planted in 1947. With the trees standing tall, it’s the perfect spot to be immersed in the wonders of New Zealand native trees. But please stick to the path to keep our Kauris healthy.

Gingko Biloba Trees

The Chinese native, Gingko Biloba, to the left of the front gate from Greenlane West. They are planted on the old hospital site. The gingko fruit - a Chinese delicacy - ripen in March/April. You’ll see its leaf, commonly used in natural medicine, turn yellow in May/June.

Magnolias and Liquid Amber

Near the cafe and BBQs you’ll find Magnolias and Liquid Ambers. Liquid Amber is a sight to behold in Autumn with leaves of yellow, orange, red and purple. Magnolias are best seen in spring with their pink flowers in full-bloom.

Twin Oak Drive

A favourite walking and jogging spot for locals is through Twin Oak Drive, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by Oak trees. Look up to see the full beauty of the natural arch they make.

Olive Grove

Olive trees are along the Olive Grove, where you’ll find some of our oldest trees and the source of our olive oil. In recent years we’ve even be able to produce a small batch of olive oil (not enough to sell though)! The twisted trunks tell many stories - see if you can spot the one that has a Fig tree wrapping around it.

Puriri Drive

Puriri Drive is home to rows of Puriri trees, Phoenix Palms, and Cherry Blossoms. It’s a beautiful spot to spread-out and play amongst the trees.