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 4 to 26 November Banks Peninsula Walking Festival(external link)

Running over four epic weekends in November, the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival has an adventure to suit everyone. With walks that take you into areas usually not accessible to the public, knowledgeable guides will lead, inform and inspire! Our events page provides a full list of walking events.

Bookings are necessary, tickets available on eventfinda or phone Sue on 021 0417 402.

Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November Canterbury A&P Show(external link)

8.30am to 5pm: Canterbury Agricultural Park, Wigram Road, Wigram

Get your gumboots on and enjoy the best of rural New Zealand over three exciting days. With everything from livestock to live music to dog trials, celebrate everything agricultural about New Zealand at this legendary A&P Show.

Tickets available here(external link) or at the gate.

Saturday 25 November

Coca Cola Christmas in the Park

7.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Head along to Christmas in the Park and be entertained by the country's top performers singing all your favourite festive tunes. This free party in the park is perfect for the whole family and is in its twenty-fourth year!

Saturday 9 December

Live in the Park

2pm to 10.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Don't miss Live in the Park featuring Shihad, Kora and more. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, children 13 and under are free. Tickets $89, book here(external link).

Saturday 16 December

Sol3 Mio

5pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Catch these talented singers at their pre-Christmas concert, singing their own signature mix of traditional, opera, and festive tunes. Tickets from $90, book here(external link).

Saturday 22 to Sunday 31 December

Christmas Magical Park

Ouruhia Reserve, Chenery Ave, Styx

Help save Santa's reindeer in this amazing AR game that transforms Ouruhia Reserve from normal park to snowy digital playground. A compatible mobile device, the Magical Park app(external link), and access to mobile data or hotspot is required to play. The game is suitable for children aged 6 - 11.

Compatible devices include iPhone 5 and iPad 3 and above, Android devices with GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer sensors, and compass.

Sunday 31 December

New Year's Eve

6.30pm to 12.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Celebrate New Year with a fun night out for the whole family. With a special kid's countdown at 8.30pm, fabulous entertainers, music and fireworks, no one will miss out on the excitement! This event is alcohol free, bags may be searched.

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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Running an event in parks and gardens

Many of our parks and gardens offer fantastic places to run your event.


Parks Week

Parks Week is an annual event to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

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Arbor Day

Arbor Day is held every year on 5 June to draw attention to the importance of trees in our society.