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 Saturday 

Hagley 5km parkrun(external link)

8am: Meet by Victoria Lake next to the Armagh Street car park, Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave.

Come along for a morning run where you can time yourself or just run at your own pace for fun. Participation is free but please register(external link) so the organisers know how many to expect.

Saturday 30 September

Burnside Fitness Park Opening(external link)

11.30am to 1pm: Outside the Burnside Squash Club, Burnside Park, Avonhead Road.

Take a 3km walk around the newly opened Burnside Fitness Park and try out all the stations. Experts will be on site to show you how to best use the equipment so don't miss the opportunity to learn how to enhance your exercise programme. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Saturday 30 September

Discover Birds in your Backyard(external link)

9.30am to 12.30pm: Travis Wetland, Beach Road Car Park, Burwood.

Join ecologist Colin Meurk and discover the rich bird and plant life in Travis Wetland. A BBQ will be put on by the Rotary afterwards. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Bookings required: please contact Fenn Shaw on 03 354 0066 or

Saturday 30 September

Omai ke O Hui(external link)

11am to 1pm: Hoon Hay Park, Mathers Road.

Celebrate all things Pacific Island on this 3km family walk packed full of music, activities and fun! Join in and win spot prizes along the way. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Monday 2 October

Going on a Bear Hunt(external link)

1pm to 1.30pm and 2pm to 2.30pm: Walter Park Playground, Innes Road, Mairehau.

Kit the family out in gumboots and join us for a squelchy muddy bear hunt! We're not scared - are you? Perfect for younger family members, this walk is approximately 1km in length. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Monday 2 October

Sign of the Kiwi to the Bridle Path(external link)

9.15am to 3.15pm: meet at Sign of the Kiwi car park, Dyers Pass/Summit Road intersection, Cashmere.

Enjoy a guided walk with fantastic view of Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains along the undulating Crater Rim track. The walk is approximately 10km long and return transport is provided from Bridle Path back to Sign of the Kiwi. Suitable for 12 years and over. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Bookings required, 25 spaces only. Contact Ken Couling on or 384 2489 or 022 613 4610 to book a place.

Tuesday 3 October

The Gumboot Stomp!(external link)

10am to 4pm: Meet at Linwood College, 85 Aldwins Road, Linwood to catch a bus to Spencer Park.

Grab your gummies, stubbies and chequered flannel for a day out walking in Brooklands red zone and farm land! There will be lots of challenges along the 3.5km walk - physical, mental and edible plus a BBQ lunch, sports, music and prizes for best dressed. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Bookings required, only 40 spaces available. Contact Stephanie at or 03 381 3245 to book your place.

Wednesday 4 October

Port Hills by Night(external link)

7.30pm to 10pm: Meet at Victoria Park Visitors Centre car park, Dyers Road, Cashmere.

Join this exciting 5km night time exploration of the Port Hills. Bring a head torch and a sense of adventure! Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Bookings required, only 18 spaces available. Contact Emma Pavey at or 03 941 5107 to book your place.

Wednesday 4 October

(external link)Gruffalo Explorer(external link)

Start anytime between 10am and 1pm, finishes at 2pm: Bottle Lake Forest Park Information Centre, Waitikiri Drive, off Prestons Road, Burwood.

A buggie friendly event for children and their families, young explorers will become mouse to explore the forest and meet all his friends like fox, snake, owl and of course the Gruffalo. Enjoy story telling and activities at this fun and immersive event. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Rain date is Thursday 5 October.

Thursday 5 October

Mona Vale Spring Splendour(external link)

10am to 11am: Mona Vale car park, Mona Vale Ave, Fendalton.

Enjoy the splendour of spring at Mona Vale Gardens on this walk around the restored heritage park. Bring a picnic for afterwards or head to the homestead cafe for refreshments. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Saturday 7 October

Dunes at Dawn(external link)

6.30am to 7.30am: New Brighton Clock Tower, Marine Parade, New Brighton.

Take a 5km wander north along the dunes and back along the beach while watching the sunrise over the sea for staggering views of the Kaikoura ranges, pier and Port Hills. Par of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Sunday 8 October

Christchurch360 Trail in 8 Days(external link)

9am to 5.30pm: various locations.

Walk the 360 Trail over 8 days with ecologist Dr Colin Meurk. Explore wetlands, dunes, streams, estuaries, forests, grasslands, hills and harbours with day walks ranging from 10km to 20km. Part of the Breeze Walking Festival.

Bookings required, only 11 spaces available each day. Contact John Scott at or phone 03 365 4566.

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.

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