Cornwall Park


Rongo Stone

Rongo Stone


The Rongo Stone was brought to Cornwall Park by Sir John Logan Campbell, who recovered it in 1900 from the roadside at the foot of Three Kings volcanic cone. Its origins are said to date back to the 14th Century when it had been set up in Te Arai (northern Rodney district) before being moved to Three Kings about 1660. It had become known to Maori as "Te Toka-i-Tawhio" or "The stone which has travelled all around". The Rongo stone would have traditionally been set up in Kumara gardens to ensure a good harvest. It is now tucked behind the stone wall of the Water Feature to create a visual surprise for visitors exploring the eastern area of the Park.

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