If you're attending an event at Hagley Park you should think about how you are going to travel there.

Upcoming events

Lantern Festival

Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February, North Hagley Park
5.00pm to 10.30pm

Public parking 

Wilson Parking and the Council have teamed up to offer to cheap parking for Christchurch Lantern Festival.

Select Wilson car parks within the Central City will offer flat-rate car parking of $3 from 3pm to midnight. This applies on both Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February.

The locations are:

  • 118 Victoria St - 40 parks
  • 374 Montreal St - 60 parks
  • 55 Kilmore St - 30 parks
  • 66-68 Kilmore St - 80 parks
  • 76 Armagh St - 60 parks 
  • 109 Cambridge Tce - 30 parks
  • 605 Colombo St - 35 parks
  • 74 Worcester Blvd (Old Clarendon Tower site) - 60 parks

Lantern Festival Hagley Park carparking

Parking is not permitted on any part of Cranmer Square. Use Parksmart to find other parking options nearby.

*Please note the Botanic Gardens Armagh Street car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm on Saturday 18 February and Sunday 19 February with the exception of mobility card holders. It will be a one-way exit only system from this time.

Mobility parking

Mobility parking is available in the Botanic Gardens car park. This is for mobility card holders only so please ensure you have your pass displayed. Please note access into the Botanic Gardens car park from Rolleston Avenue is via left hand turn only.

On-street mobility parking is also available in the Central City. 

Drop-off zones

Drop off-zones will be available on Harper Avenue and Park Terrace. People carrying equipment e.g. deck chairs, picnics etc. are encouraged to use these areas. If driving to the event you may also wish to shorten the walk for family members by dropping them at the drop-off zones before parking.  

Lantern Festival drop off zones Hagley Park


It's a short walk from the bus interchange to Hagley Park. Check out which bus to take.


Cycle racks will be available at North Hagley Park, Events Triangle (roundabout area after Armagh St bridge) and on the northern end of the event area. View possible cycling routes to plan your ride.

General parking

Public car parking is not permitted on grassed areas of Hagley Park, including the sports fields at Carlton Mill Corner.

The sports fields are undergoing an upgrade this summer (2016-17) to improve their quality and useability for sport. This work includes extensive re-levelling as well as the installation of irrigation. As a result of this upgrade, public car parking on the grassed area during events will no longer be available. This is to prevent damage to the ground and trees.

If you are travelling to a large event in Hagley Park this summer make sure you check out www.tfc.govt.nz to help plan your journey.

Hagley Park events map

Hagley Park events map

Illegal parking

Illegal parking in no stopping areas such as grass berms or across private driveways is not allowed and you could be fined up to $40. Your vehicle might also be towed, and you would have to pay to recover it.

Chains and bollards are being installed around the berms in Little Hagley Park to prevent illegal parking. Illegal parking behaviour creates a safety hazard as cars reverse into on-coming traffic.

Hagley Park - no stopping area

Hagley Park - no stopping areas

Parking tips

Hagley Park is a busy place and finding a parking space can be challenging so you may want to consider these parking tips.

  • Look out for signs that advise where you can and can't park.
  • There are a number of parking areas within walking distance of fields that have designated, controlled crossings where you can cross safely. Have a look at our Find a car park page and map to find the most convenient parking areas next to the area of Hagley Park you need.
  • Leave home a bit earlier than usual to allow more time to find a parking space.
  • If you have to walk to your sport field, make sure you use appropriate footwear – change into your sports footwear once you arrive at the field.

Hagley Park is a wonderful asset and the Council wants you to enjoy using it.

Thank you for helping care for our park, and for the safety of others.

Your Parking Compliance Team is always willing to help answer your queries, for more information, phone (03) 941 8741 or (03) 941 8999.