Parks & Gardens

Christchurch is recognised as New Zealand’s garden city with over 740 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.

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

All parks and tracks are open under alert level 2.  To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and please wash your hands before and after using equipment in our parks and gardens.

The following are all open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

Unite Against Covid-19, visit covid19.govt.nz

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

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

BBQs and picnics

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

Events

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.

Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group

Te Tira Kāhikuhiku, the Christchurch Red Zones Transformative Land Use Consultative Group, will help transform the city’s red zones.