autumn events programme

Welcome to our autumn events programme for March to May 2024. 

This season, we're enjoying the autumn ecosystem in all its splendour with our events programme inspired by the natural wonders of the park.

We're also excited to debut a new event! Huia Lodge is holding our first 'late night' this March. We'll be open in the evening so you can enjoy the Lodge and a whole host of amazing activities and performances.

All our events are FREE to attend, though some may need you to register as we have limited numbers. All registration links are provided, but if you run into any trouble flick us an email at info@cornwallpark.co.nz or give us a call on 09 630 8485.

Click here for a printable event programme

March

Exhibition: Relationships in our Ecosystem
Exhibition: Relationships in our Ecosystem

Learn more about three park species that are taonga (treasured) and discover Cornwall Park is a fascinating place where we are all interconnected and even you play a vital role in our ecosystem.

Our latest exhibition explores the relationships in our ecosystem and is the perfect way to spend time with friends, whānau or someone special while discovering something new about the world around us.

Friday 15th March to Sunday 2nd June
Open daily: 10am - 4pm
Location: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub can be found next to the Cornwall Park Bistro in the middle of the park. Vehicle access from Green Lane West park gates.


Tai Chi Cornwall Park
Tai Chi

Escape from the hustle and bustle and tune in to your body in our natural playground.

The class is suitable for all skill levels, especially beginners! It’s fun, free and you don’t need special clothes or equipment. Bring your water bottle, and a sun hat/sunblock plus wear comfy clothing and footwear. 

Registrations are not required, just show up 10 minutes before class starts!

Every Sunday 9-10am and Tuesday 6-7pm from 21st January to 26th March 2024
Location: Middle of Pōhutukawa Drive on the left when entering from Green Lane West (look for the signs).

In the event of bad weather please check our Facebook event for cancellation notices.

Band Rotunda Takeover: Pīpī Paopao
Band Rotunda Takeover: Pīpī Paopao

Ka tangi te tītī, ka tangi te kākā, ka tangi hoki ko ēnei Pīpī Paopao! Tihei māuri ora!

The tītī chatters, the kākā cackles, and the kererū coos – which manu (bird) are you?

Pīpī Paopao is a performance for tamariki aged 3 to 5 years old – and their adults – which adopts the unique characteristics of our Manu Rangatira (noble birdlife) through waiata and play. Pīpī Paopao continues the Māori traditions of using proverbs and metaphors of the natural world to teach and prepare our own little hatchlings; so they too may flourish and fly into a world of their own. They may be the kind who soar through the towering trees, or sit quietly in a shady grove – either way, this piece of theatre-through-song is as interactive as you’d like it to be. So whether you’re fluent in Te Reo Māori or your journey is only beginning, come and explore the beauty of a language that echoes the sounds of te taiao (nature).

Pack a picnic and explore the park to discover our bird life after your visit. Public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling are highly encouraged due to limited parking.

Saturday 9th March
11am - 11.40am
Location: Band Rotunda. Next to the Cornwall Park Cafe.Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Open Farms
Open Farms

Take a guided walk through the Cornwall Park farm and chat all things agriculture with our Farm Manager at our Open Farms day. Discover the rich history of farming at Cornwall Park in this short walk. It is a unique sight to see in the middle of our bustling city!

Visit www.openfarms.co.nz for more details and registration - get in quick! Email info@cornwallpark.co.nz or ring 09 630 8485 to let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 10th March
Session 1: 10am - 11am
Session 2: 11.30am - 12.30pm
Location: Meet on Bollard Avenue - vehicle access and best parking is via Campbell Road. Please note there is no vehicle access to this location from the Green Lane West park entrance.

Cornwall Park is open 365 days a year and there are always farm animals around for you to see.


Huia Lodge Late
Huia Lodge Late

Huia Lodge Discovery Hub's doors are staying open late and everyone is invited! Enjoy an evening of fun activities, performances and exhibitions throughout Huia Lodge and the surrounding nature. It doesn't matter if it's your 1st time visiting or your 100th, it is going to be something a bit different!

Friday 15th March
5pm - 7pm
Location: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub next to the Cornwall Park Bistro.Vehicle access from Green Lane West.
Raindate: Friday 22nd March

Kōrero & Kaputī
Kōrero & Kaputī

Huia Lodge served tea to thirsty park visitors from 1903 to 1909 when tea in the park became so popular a dedicated kiosk was built next door.

To celebrate 120 years of kōrero and kaputī (cups of tea) at Cornwall Park we are delighted to be joined by Helen Paul-Smith (Tapuika/Ngaī Te Rangi) Co-Founder of ŌKU New Zealand. In this informal talk, delve into a sensory world exploring the flavours, smells and remarkable healing properties of Aotearoa’s native plants. Many of these rākau (plants) have a rich history of traditional use, helping to maintain ora (well-being).

The session is suitable for ages 12+ and ends with a Q&A and the chance to sample ŌKU tea.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 16th March
10am - 11am
Location: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.


Guided Walk: Walking Meditation
Guided Walk: Walking Meditation

Join us on a restorative, nourishing and restful walk through the beauty of Cornwall Park. Enjoy arriving with each step. Nurturing inner calm, peace and happiness.

"Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the earth with your feet" - Thich Nhat Hahn

What to expect on the day:

  • A round of introductions
  • Gentle warm-up exercises/ loosening up
  • Slow, gentle and silent walk
  • Sharing in a circle a few words for those who wish, about what they noticed in the inner and outer environments

“And forget not that the earth delights in the touch of your feet, and the wind longs to play with your hair “- Khalil Gibran

This experience would suit ages 7+ and adult accompaniment is required. This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning. No dogs are permitted on this walk.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here.  or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 17th March
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Undergrand Cornwall Park
Undergrand

Experience this phenomenal pop-up piano performance! Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival brings Undergrand to Cornwall Park.
Creating a surreal atmosphere in tune with leaves, water, the breeze, city traffic and people, Undergrand – a portable baby grand piano – pops up all over Tāmaki Makaurau, with music that moves the spirit and gives us reason to pause and reflect.

Bring a picnic, drinks, friends and whānau with you, and enjoy a morning of marvellous melodies. Public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling are highly encouraged due to limited parking.

Performer to be announced.

With a curated selection of talented rangatahi and professional pianists playing all styles and genres, along with an opportunity for the public to share their talents, this pop-up piano presents a range of recitals and unforgettable experiences that will undoubtedly make your day better, wherever you may be. For more information about Undergrand's schedule visit aaf.co.nz/event/undergrand

Saturday 23rd March
11am - 12.30pm
Location: Native Arboretum below Acacia Cottage.Vehicle access from Green Lane West.


Guided Walk: Geology
Guided Walk: Geology

Join Dr Bruce Hayward for a guided walk and delve into his wealth of knowledge about Maungakiekie geology. The walk will slowly ascend Maungakiekie via the road and circumnavigate the crater rim, reaching the summit for views over the whole volcanic field before returning to Huia Lodge. The guided walk will explain how this volcano erupted and how the various features and rocks were formed. 

This walk is crafted for people who are new to the world of geology. It is suitable for all ages who can walk up Maungakiekie via paved roads and walkways. Note: the terrain is steep and uneven underfoot in some places where we will go off-road - prams and wheelchairs are not suitable for this walk. Children must be accompanied by caregivers and dogs are not permitted.

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 24th March
10am - 12.30pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro). Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

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Your guide: Bruce Hayward is a semi-retired Auckland research geologist. He has authored/co-authored 25 books on aspects of New Zealand’s fossils, geology, marine ecology, conservation, archaeology and history including a field guide to Auckland and two books on Auckland’s volcanoes. He is a past President of the Geological Society of New Zealand, and a former member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, the Auckland Conservation Board and the Auckland Institute and Museum Council. His studies and conservation advocacy have been recognised in Fellowship of the Royal Society of NZ and Member of the NZ Order of Merit. He has presented over 300 talks for the public and led over 400 field trips around Auckland and to all parts of New Zealand.


Guided Walk: Hospital Heritage
Guided Walk: Hospital Heritage

Join our Huia Lodge Discovery Hub team for a walk exploring the highlights of Cornwall Park's hospital heritage. Cornwall Park was home to three different hospital units, the United States Army 39th General Hospital, National Women's Hospital and Cornwall Hospital Geriatric Unit. It served the people of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland until 1973.

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 31st March
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from the Band Rotunda, near the cafe from the left of the main roundabout. A map will be sent to participants. Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

April

Guided Walk: Heritage Postcards
Guided Walk: Heritage Postcards

Join our Huia Lodge Discovery Hub team for a gentle stroll through highlights of Cornwall Park's heritage. We'll travel through park history via images captured in vintage postcards.

This walk will conclude with the opportunity to write a postcard to send within New Zealand. It is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather it will be cancelled on Sunday morning

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Monday 8th April
10am - 11am
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Citizen Science: Cornwall Park Bird Survey
Citizen Science: Cornwall Park Bird Survey

Would you like to participate in some citizen science? Drop by Huia Lodge Discovery Hub from the 13th to the 28th of April to collect a Cornwall Park bird survey, and count our bird life for one hour. Return your survey to Huia Lodge to add your count and enter the draw to win a bird's prize pack.

This activity is suitable for all ages, though younger children may need assistance from an adult.

Together we can build a record of the birdlife in the park and use this information as an indicator to see how the whole ecosystem is doing. A survey and a 'how to' guide is provided.

Saturday 13th to Sunday 28th April

Collect your survey from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub between 10am and 4pm (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro) or download it from our website and print it at home in April.

Workshop:DIY Kids Bug Hotel
Workshop: DIY Kids Bug Hotel

Join The ReCreators create to your very own sustainable Bug Hotel made from discarded wood and recycled materials. This is a wonderful woodworking activity for kids and their grown-ups. There will be drilling and sanding of pre-cut wood, assembling the parts, and painting for the finishing touch. The hotels will be filled with a variety of natural garden materials to make the perfect accommodation for a host of different insects.

All materials and equipment provided. Things will probably get messy, so wear old clothes! Suited for ages 8+, grown-up participation is encouraged.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this workshop please click here or contact us.

Sunday 14th April
10am - 12pm
Location: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Tamariki Imagination: Insects
Tamariki Imagination: Insects

Can you march like an ant or chirp like a cicada? Let's go on an adventure in the park and imagine we are insects.

This guided walk, led by our Huia Lodge Discovery Hub team, will encourage tamariki to use their imagination and explore in Cornwall Park.
Suitable for ages 4+, grown-up participation is encouraged. Please dress for the weather conditions, wear sturdy shoes and bring a drink bottle as we will be leaving pathways behind.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this guided walk please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Monday 15th April
10am - 11am
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro). Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Guided Walk: Birds for Kids
Guided Walk: Birds for Kids

Gather your flock (whānau) and join experts from Birds New Zealand to learn about birds on a fun kids-guided walk.

Cornwall Park is a favourite spot for many different species of endemic, native and introduced birds, all with their unique song and personality. This guided walk will provide an introduction to many of the birds that can be seen in the park, their origins and information on how to best identify them.

Suitable for those aged 6 years + The walk will go off road so is not suitable for prams and dogs are not permitted. This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather it will be cancelled on Monday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Monday 22nd April
10am - 11am
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.


Workshop: Photography
Workshop: Photography

Cornwall Park is filled to the brim with interesting animals, structures and nature waiting to photograph. But it can be hard sometimes to know the best way to capture everything you discover in the park. This workshop will help you to understand your camera settings and give you the basics for creating high-quality photographs of your park adventures.

This workshop is open to people who have a general to good knowledge of their camera and would like to learn more about how to work the manual functions and photo composition. It is for digital cameras only, smartphone photography is not included.

The workshop will be run by Sonja Gardien. Sonja owns Studio 541 whose mission is to support, inspire and encourage emerging and established artists, and create an environment for learning and discussions in the area of photography and fine art. www.studio541.co.nz

Workshop numbers are limited so registration is essential. To register for this workshop please click here 

You will be asked to answer the following questions:

  1. Make and model of your camera. 
  2. Lenses that you use and will be using. 
  3. Any things of interest in the park you would like to photograph?
  4. Your skill level.

Oh and make sure that your battery is charged!

This workshop is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. In the event of bad weather it will be cancelled on Saturday morning and you will be notified by email.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. Please use the registration link above or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Saturday 27th April
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.


Guided Walk: Autumn Ecology
Guided Walk: Autumn Ecology

Join ecologist Lauren for a gentle stroll through some autumnal highlights of Cornwall Park's ecology. We'll explore the park together and discover our natural taonga (treasures).

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Sunday 28th April
10am - 11am
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

May

Guided Walk: Sir Johns Footsteps
Guided Walk: Sir John's Footsteps

Join our Huia Lodge Discovery Hub team for a meander through Cornwall Park and our heritage, focusing on Sir John Logan Campbell. Let's walk in his footsteps together.

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Sunday 5th May
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Workshop: Butterfly and Moth Gardens
Workshop: Butterfly and Moth Gardens

Flit to Huia Lodge Discovery Hub and learn about moth and butterfly-friendly gardening with our horticulture team and the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust at a family friendly workshop.

Plant your first seed or seedling and create some butterfly or moth-inspired crafts. This workshop is designed for ages 5+ and could get a little messy.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Saturday 11th May
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro).Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Guided Walk: Birds
Guided Walk: Birds

Cornwall Park is a favourite spot for many different species of native and introduced birds, all with their unique song and personality. This guided walk will provide an introduction to many of the birds that can be seen in the park, their origins, and information on how to best identify them. Top tip: Bring a pair of binoculars if you have some!

You'll be guided by Ian McLean and his team from Birds New Zealand. www.birdsnz.org.nz. This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Sunday 12th May
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro). Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Guided Walk: Trees
Guided Walk: Trees

Explore the diversity of our native and exotic trees this autumn. Travel the world and discover examples of evergreen and deciduous trees from China, Europe, Australia, North America, and South Africa alongside our natives. This guided walk is led by local tree expert Dr Mike Wilcox - come along with your tree questions at the ready!

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Sunday 19th May
10am - 11am
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro). Vehicle access from Green Lane West.

Guided Walk: Ecology Identification

Guided Walk: Ecology Identification

Explore the ecology of Cornwall Park and become your own nature guide with our Huia Lodge Discovery Hub Team. We will show you how to use various resources like field guides, apps, and keys to identify plants and animals so you can teach yourself about nature everywhere you go.

This walk is suitable for older kids interested in nature and adults who want to be able to better understand and connect to nature. We'll also explore the amazing tools available on your phone. Closer to the event we'll follow up with an email including all the details on the apps we plan to use so you can download them if you would like to bring your device.

This walk is held outdoors so suitable clothing and footwear are necessary, don't forget your sunscreen, raincoat and water bottle. This walk goes ahead rain or shine, in the event of hazardous weather, it will be cancelled on Sunday morning.

Registration is essential and numbers are limited. To register for this event please click here or email info@cornwallpark.co.nz. Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Sunday 26th May
10am - 12pm
Location: Start from Huia Lodge Discovery Hub (next to the Cornwall Park Bistro). Vehicle access from Green Lane West.