Parks and gardens

Christchurch is recognised as New Zealand’s garden city with over 1200 parks and gardens. From neighbourhood parks with family playgrounds to wilderness walks on the Port Hills you are never far from a place to play, relax or be adventurous.

People are asked to refrain from smoking or vaping in Council-owned playgrounds and parks in line with the Council's Smokefree and Vapefree Public Places Policy.

For a list of parks and reserves in the city, check out Find:Chch(external link).

Check mountain bike track status before you head out.

BBQs and picnics

A number of parks have bookable picnic spaces, some with fixed BBQs nearby.


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

Hagley Park

Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for recreation and enjoyment of Christchurch residents.