About the path
Discover the rich history of spectacular Cornwall Park, gifted to Auckland by Sir John Logan Campbell.
Start at the entrance to Cornwall Park on Manukau Road, by Sir John Campbell's statue and fountain.
Stroll along Pūriri Drive on the red chip path, and cross Green Lane West at the traffic lights. Head into the main area of Cornwall Park past the historic stone wall.
Wander along the paths through the gardens, past the US Army flagpole. In the nearby roundabout, look closer to spot the sunken garden. Follow the path to the historic rongo stone, an unusual example of a Māori shrine which is set in a plinth near the main barbecue area.
Take the loop path down towards the Campbell Road end of the park, past the historic volcanic rocks, then back to the rongo stone.
Walk through open paddocks through sheep and cattle, crossing Twin Oaks Drive where daffodils bloom in spring. Look out for birds - over 30 different species have been identified in Cornwall Park.
Follow the path back down to Michael Horton Drive then look out for the Memorial Steps. This is a great spot for a picnic or barbecue, or just to enjoy the sweeping views over Auckland. Stop in at the Discovery Hub (Huia Lodge) to learn more about Cornwall Park. Built in 1903, Huia Lodge was originally home to the park caretakers and their families.
From here, follow the path past native trees (including kauri, tōtara and tīitoki) back to the Green Lane West park exit. Cross back to Pūriri Drive at the traffic signals, and head back to the starting point.
Thanks to the Cornwall Park Trust Board.