Events in the parks and gardens

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

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Date Event Description
Every Sunday, 5 November 2017 to 25 March 2018

Petanque in the Park(external link)

10am to 12pm: Christchurch Petanque Club, North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Have a go at petanque for free at the Christchurch Petanque Club every Sunday morning. All equipment provided along with friendly instruction and hints if needed!

Tuesday 16 January

Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Run Series(external link)

5.30pm: North Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

This 5km run series is taking place over 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings in January and February. Come along for a fun run or serious athletes can register. Spot prizes on the night! 

Thursday 18 January

Hagley Hunger Run(external link)

1pm: North Hagley Park, 14 Riccarton Ave

Run (or walk) your way to being a superhero in the Hagley Hunger Run to fundraise for those who don't have enough to eat. $5 entry per person or $20 per family. Register here.(external link)

Friday 19 January

Belfast Skate Jam

1pm to 4pm: Sheldon Park, 710 Main North Road, Belfast

Get down to Sheldon Park for free gear hire and heaps of tips and tricks from the experts at Cheapskates Skate Skool. 

Prizes up for grabs, music and a free BBQ!

Saturday 20 January

Kite Day

1pm to 4pm: New Brighton Beach – North side, Marine Parade, New Brighton

Join this amazing event and watch your kite soar on the sea breeze. The sight of thousands of colourful and different kites fluttering over the beach is one sure to delight both adults and children. Bring your own kite or buy one from the Kite Shop on the day.

Sunday 21 January

Hagley Park Polo Tournament(external link)

12pm to 5pm: South Hagley Park

Check out some of New Zealand's finest polo on display in South Hagley Park. Bring a picnic and grab a shady spot under the trees to watch the tournament.

Tuesday 23 January

(external link)Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Run Series(external link)

5.30pm: North Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

This 5km run series is taking place over 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings in January and February. Come along for a fun run or serious athletes can register. Spot prizes on the night! 

Saturday 27 January

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival

11am to 6.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Know a porter from a pilsner? Head along to Great Kiwi Beer Festival for a smorgasbord of local and international craft beer and cider. Along with the beer there will be music, cooking demonstrations, seminars, beer and food matching and more! Get your tickets here.(external link)

Saturday 27 January

Bishopdale Skate Jam

Midday to 3pm: Bishopdale Skate Bowl, Leacroft Street, Bishopdale

The Cheapskates Skate Skool team will be on hand to help beginner skaters get rolling and can offer tips and tricks to the more experienced. Aimed mostly at 8 to 15 year olds, anyone can come along regardless of age as there will be skate demonstrations, competitions, free gear hire and a free BBQ!

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January

Come and Try Quidditch(external link)

9am to 4.30pm: Spencer Park, Heyders Road, Spencerville

Know a Nimbus 2000 from a Cleansweep 7? Bring your racing broom along to Spencer Park to learn how to play the most popular sport in the Wizarding World - Quidditch! This two day workshop is aimed for ages 15 and over and will include introductions to the rules, drills, games, all equipment and lunch. Find a muggle to help you buy tickets here.(external link)

Sunday 28 January

Corsair Classic Triathlon and Duathlon

From 7am: Corsair Bay

This old-school triathlon and duathlon has options for all ages and abilities and is perfectly timed for those training for Challenge Wanaka and Ironman. There will be an Olympic distance triathlon and duathlon, a short distance triathlon and a kids aquathon! Book here.(external link)

Sunday 28 January

Rauora Park free family fun day(external link)

10am to 1pm: Rauora Park, 196 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central

The city's newest park will be buzzing on Sunday with heaps of cool family activities to do! Kite making, face painting, sausage sizzle, walking tours and shooting hoops with the Canterbury Rams are just some of the fun things on offer!

Tuesday 30 January

Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Run Series(external link)

5.30pm: North Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

This 5km run series is taking place over 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings in January and February. Come along for a fun run or serious athletes can register. Spot prizes on the night! 

Sunday 4 February

Christchurch 10km Walk/Run Series: Park(external link)

7am: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

This 10km challenge will take you through the green heart of Christchurch where you can either walk and take in the beauty or run and push yourself through stunning scenery. Adults $75. Register here(external link).

Tuesday 6 February

(external link)Shoe Clinic Asics 5K Run Series(external link)

5.30pm: North Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

This 5km run series is taking place over 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings in January and February. Come along for a fun run or serious athletes can register. Spot prizes on the night!

Friday 9 to Sunday 18 February

Christchurch Night Noodle Markets(external link)

4pm to 10pm: North Hagley Park, 14 Riccarton Ave

Pop to Hagley Park for all your delicious street style Asian delicacies. Running for 10 days, the Night Noodle Markets is free to enter and full of the best local and national Asian street food. 

And much, much more to come over the next few months. Have a look at the websites listed above for all the details and enjoy our beautiful outdoors.

Keep burns confined to the sausages on the BBQ and remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap when you're outside this summer!

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