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Last reviewed: Fri, 27 Jun 2014

Parks and walking tracks

Christchurch City is recognised as New Zealand’s Garden City with over 740 parks and an extensive system of rivers, streams and wetlands.

Earthquake update:

There are plenty of walking tracks now open in Christchurch so you can get out and about in the city.

While some walking and mountain biking tracks remain closed due to safety reasons following the February earthquake, the Christchurch City Council’s parks team is working hard to reopen popular recreation areas as soon as it is safe to do so.

There are many Port Hills tracks now open and work is continuing to assess those areas closed or partially closed due to rockfall hazards.  Please check the web page for the latest information and comply with all signage on the tracks and roading network on the Port Hills. All other regional parks are open including Bottle Lake Forest park, Travis Wetland Spencer Park, The Groynes and Styx Conservation area.

Bottle Lake Forest Park is open for all users but with some new track alignments to allow for the safe management of the earthquake resource recovery operation within the central area of the forest, and some planned logging from July to October 2014. Please follow all public safety instructions.

For regular updates on the status of Christchurch’s mountain biking tracks, visit


Hagley Park.

Christchurch's parks and walkways

Christchurch is fortunate to have such a diversity of parks and waterways, from neighbourhood playgrounds, sports grounds and heritage gardens, to large wilderness areas, coastal parks, wetlands and rivers.

Within half an hour's drive from Cathedral Square in the central city, you can discover beaches, wetlands, forests, or grasslands. You can be swimming in the sea, fishing off the New Brighton Pier, kayaking in the estuary, peering from a bird hide, mountain biking through a pine plantation, or tramping and enjoying the stunning views from the Port Hills.

Contact us

Transport and Greenspace
Phone: (03) 941 8999

Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Friday, 27 June 2014

Next review: Saturday, 27 June 2015

Keywords: parks, walkways