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.
Osmanthus Gardens was established in 1996 to commemorate 15 years of Hastings’ sister city relationship with Guilin in China.
The gardens feature an array of plants from the Osmanthus plant family, bamboo, and other Chinese and New Zealand plants.
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.
The John Holt Memorial Display House is a small heated glass house that keeps its plants flowering throughout the winter.
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.
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”.
There are always a lot of people enjoying the duck pond.
The aviary has shaded by thick vines growing over an arbor.
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 .
The rainbow lorikeet were curious.
There is a wide variety of colorful birds here.
I still enjoy a good painted rock. The local kids seem to as well.
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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