Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a large recreation reserve in the heart of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, featuring a mixture of open grassland and naturally regenerating kanuka forest.

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

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Stanley Park Track

Start: The main entrance off Beach Road.

Finish: Watson Street.

Time: 30 minutes one way.

Dogs: Under effective control at all times.


A network of informal walking tracks meander throughout Stanley Park with stunning views over the harbour from open grassland areas.

The main track starts at Beach Road and heads up to the Beach Road lookout (above the fire station).

From the lookout it curves through the kanuka forest before crossing through the middle of the grasslands area, where stock graze. Cross Penlington Place to pick up the track to reach Watson Street.

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