The park is a great place for picnics. Many social groups plan meetings here and it is just the place for a small family picnic as well. There are wood and gas barbecues available in three locations in the Park, please check on our map. They are free to use and work on a first come, first served basis. Groups of 30 or more need to contact the Information Centre to gain permission to use the Park.
The most popular use of the park is walking. No part of the park is closed to foot access. The light volcanic soil means the fields are rarely boggy so even after rain there is nothing to stop you leaving the roads and feeling you are in the country. Please keep well clear of all livestock and keep dogs on leads at all times.
Cornwall Park rivals Tamaki Drive as Aucklands favourite place for a run. Join the locals by starting from one of the many convenient car parks. The Auckland Joggers Club has regular runs in the park. The club premises are located in the Cornwall Park Sports Association clubrooms which are shared with the Grammar Carlton Rugby Club. You can find them on the left as you drive into Puriri Drive via Campbell Crescent off Manukau Road.
Cornwall Park parkrun
Cornwall parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all abilities, which takes place every Saturday at 8am in Cornwall Park, Auckland. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether thats purely for fun or as part of a training plan.
It offers an opportunity for the local community, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their fitness – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE! Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! www.parkrun.co.nz/cornwall/
Cycling on the roads is a popular activity in the park. The road around the mountain with its gentle grades is a popular route for family groups. However the light volcanic soils in the park will not withstand off-road bike traffic so please - no off-road mountain biking.
The Campbell Park Tennis Club has premises in Greenlane within the Park.
The Cornwall Cricket Club have facilities and play at the Park.
The Grammar Carlton Rugby Football Club is based at the Park.
Auckland Rugby League administer three league fields in the park but there is no club based here.
Lawn bowls are played at the Carlton Cornwall Bowls.
Surveys of the parks birds often note over 20 species resident in the park. Common natives are Grey Warbler, Fantail and Tui and more rarely Kaka, Native Pigeon and Paradise Shellduck have been seen. Colourful exotics, Rosellas, Welcome Swallows and Goldfinches are common residents. Many of the resident species breed in the park. See the bird brochure in the Information Centre for more information. There are twice yearly guided tours to look at the birds. Call the Information Centre for relevant dates.
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