Many Christchurch parks and reserves have areas that are bookable for a picnic or event. By making a booking you ensure your first priority use of the area.

people having picnic


Most park sites are well set up to hold gatherings of up to 50 people. A few parks have capacity for much larger groups. 

If the size of your group is larger than the capacity of the picnic site or you want to include bouncy castles or gazebos at your picnic, you may need further approval:


Fees for booking a space in a park or garden.

You will be required to pay at the time of booking. This ensures that the area is not being used by another group booking, that the area is clean and tidy and contractors will not be carrying out maintenance work. 

Botanic Gardens

Please note that you cannot book a picnic space in the Botanic Gardens. You can check our events page or the Botanic Gardens events page to find out what else is on.

Event permits 

If you want to make a booking for a large gathering of more than 150 people that is publicly advertised and includes the following:

  • infrastructure pegged in the grounds
  • disturbance of traffic either pedestrian or car 
  • a PA system or band
  • alcohol
  • food vendors.

It is likely to be considered an event which means you will need to apply for an event permit.