Parks & Gardens

Christchurch is recognised as New Zealand’s garden city with over 740 parks and gardens. From neighbourhood parks with family playgrounds to wilderness walks on the Port Hills you are never far from a place to play, relax or be adventurous.

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz

People are asked to refrain from smoking in Council-owned playgrounds and parks in line with the Council's Smokefree Public Places Policy.

For a list of parks and reserves in the city, check out Find:Chch(external link).

BBQs and picnics

A number of parks have bookable picnic spaces, some with fixed BBQs nearby.

Events

Join us and get involved in some of the events going on in Christchurch's amazing parks and gardens. See you there!

Hagley Park

Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for recreation and enjoyment of Christchurch residents.

Red zones transformation

The Council is looking for five community representatives to sit on a Red Zones Transformative Governance Group.