Cornwall Park: A working farm in central Auckland

  • 13/08/2018

Located in an area known for housing some of New Zealand’s most expensive real estate, Cornwall Park is more than just a place for offering picturesque walks and stunning views across Auckland’s central vista, it’s also a fully functioning working farm.

For more than 150 years, Cornwall Park Farm has occupied the land around One Tree Hill in Auckland’s Greenlane.

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It’s here where urbanites get a rare opportunity to see what life on the farm is really like, without needing to venture out of the city.

Tourists also get a glimpse into New Zealand’s economic backbone - the primary sector.

With lots of people regularly walking the tracks here, the urban farm’s animals, including sheep and cattle, can run into trouble when they mix with walkers and young children.

Recently, a man was brutally savaged by a herd of cows in Totora Park in south Auckland, tearing out chunks of flesh and leaving him with gaping wounds.

A witness to the attack says he saw a woman on the ground being attacked by several cows, when the man ran in to help her.

It was reported the attack was caused by a cow being protective of her calf.

This time of the year is particularly special at Cornwall Park Farm – it’s lambing and calving season.

Although it is an exciting time, it is during the first few weeks of their lives that these animals are especially vulnerable, farm manager Pete Maxwell says.

Watch the full interview with Cornwall Park Farm manager Pete Maxwell.