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Cornwall Park, Hastings’ oldest park

Cornwall Park is a pleasant 8 hectare park in Hastings with a variety of attractive features.  The city’s oldest park has a wide array of beautiful plant life, big old trees, playgrounds, cricket grounds, an aviary and a Chinese garden.

Gate to Osmanthus Gardens
Gate to Osmanthus Gardens

Osmanthus Gardens was established in 1996 to commemorate 15 years of Hastings’ sister city relationship with Guilin in China.

Osmanthus Gardens
Osmanthus Gardens

The gardens feature an array of plants from the Osmanthus plant family, bamboo, and other Chinese and New Zealand plants.

Osmanthus Gardens
Osmanthus Gardens

The gardens are lit with Chinese lanterns every year in April in celebration of the sister city relationship. Auckland’s Lantern Festival has long been a favorite of mine, and I look forward to seeing Hastings’ version.

Lighting of Osmanthus Gardens - from Hastings District Council website
Lighting of Osmanthus Gardens – from Hastings District Council website

The John Holt Memorial Display House is a small heated glass house that keeps its plants flowering throughout the winter.

Inside the John Holt Memorial Display House
Inside the John Holt Memorial Display House
Inside the John Holt Memorial Display House
Inside the John Holt Memorial Display House

The southwestern end of the park contains the Chinese Gardens, display house, and many of the big old trees, such as the sequoia tree in the picture below.

Californian Big Tree
Californian Big Tree

Past residents of southern Hawkes Bay planted a lot of redwood and sequoia trees.  I’ve seen a plaque just like the one pictured below in another Hastings park.  For some reason it identifies (describes?) the tree as a “Californian Big Tree”.

Californian Big Tree
Californian Big Tree
Cornwall Park tree
Cornwall Park tree
Cornwall Park tree
Cornwall Park tree

There are always a lot of people enjoying the duck pond.

Cornwall Park duck pond
Cornwall Park duck pond

The aviary has shaded by thick vines growing over an arbor.

Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary

This was the friendliest bird by far.  He climbed around the wire mesh with claws and beak to be as close as possible, making noise the whole time.  I’m not sure what kind of bird he is, maybe a kind of cockatoo.  None of the birds would speak, not even the sulfur-crested cockatoo .

Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary

The rainbow lorikeet were curious.

Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary

There is a wide variety of colorful birds here.

Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary
Cornwall Park aviary

I still enjoy a good painted rock.  The local kids seem to as well.

Painted rock
Painted rock

Cornwall Park is a nice little city park, with more to see than I expected. I’ve been back several times and will be again.

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One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park, and Kite Day

Upon returning from Hawke’s Bay to Auckland, we visited One Tree Hill, and I saw a poster for Kite Day in Cornwall Park.

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill

The weather changed constantly the two days we spent driving back.  It was nice when we arrived at One Tree Hill, but we could see the rain rolling in over the city.

Incoming storm
Incoming storm

It rained hard, then cleared, and gave us one of the best rainbows I’ve seen in New Zealand.  It was a nice welcome home!

Rainbow over Auckland
Rainbow over Auckland

I saw a poster for Kite Day, and we returned for that the following weekend. One Tree Hill is located within the larger Cornwall Park in central Auckland.

We were a bit early, so we had a brief look around Cornwall Park before I figured out that we were in the wrong place for the kites.  Several groups of people did tai chi in the calm of the morning.

Cornwall Park
Cornwall Park

Deeper research on Google showed me where the kites were, and we went there.  There were ground-based activities, mostly for kids from what I saw, but I was interested in the kites.

Kite Day in Cornwall Park
Kite Day in Cornwall Park

I hadn’t really seen kites like this before.  They look best if the shape is successful at taking in enough air to keep them inflated so that they can keep their shape.  The air inside comes from the wind; no part of the kites are otherwise inflated.

The manta ray kite below kept its shape very well.

Manta ray kite
Manta ray kite

Many of them have smaller kites to help them stay in the air and/or keep their shape.

The squid got a bit flat at times.

Manta ray and squid kites
Manta ray and squid kites

But it had moments when it looked really good.

Squid kite
Squid kite

The big whale kept its shape much better than the smaller one, but it is pretty big to keep up enough air pressure inside.

Whale kites
Whale kites

For some reason the pig and dragon were paired up on the same set of strings.

Pig and dragon
Pig and dragon

These bird kites were small and flying low, but they looked great.

Realistic bird kite

Kite Day was small, but I was impressed with a lot of the kites, and I’m glad I went.

Ray and squid flying higher than the birds
Ray and squid flying higher than the birds

Before we left the second ray went back up.

Colorful ray kite
Colorful ray kite

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