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

PT in the Park(external link)

9am to 10am:  Carlton Mill Corner, Hagley Park.

Get fit for free with PT in the Park! Suitable for any age or fitness level, a range of about 10 different trainers run the sessions and offer everything from yoga to boxing.

Saturday 26 August Paeroa Reserve Working Bee: planting

10am to 12pm: Paeroa Reserve, Riccarton, access from Piko Crescent and Rattray Street.

Join Christchurch City Council and Ecan for a public planting day at Paeroa Reserve! There will infill planting where there are gaps and replanting where plants haven't taken. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring gardening gloves if you have them. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

To ensure there are enough tools provided, please register your interest by emailing or phone her on 027 549 7723.

Saturday 26 August Victoria Park Volunteer Planting

10am to 12pm:  Meet at Victoria Park.

Get your friends together and help restore native forest to Victoria Park this planting day! Remember to wear sturdy boots, dress for all weather and bring your own gloves. 

Sunday 27 August Otukaikino Community Planting Day

10am to 12.30pm: Meet at Roto Kohatu Reserve, airport end of Sawyers Arms Road.

Join in with the ongoing improvement of one of Christchurch's most popular recreational area, the Otukaikino River Reserve. This planting day, in association with Trees for Canterbury, is all about establishing native trees and shrubs - bring a spade, gloves and sturdy footwear. There will be a well earned BBQ at the end. 

Thursday 31 August NaturePlay, Take Childhood Back(external link)

7pm to 9.30pm: Christchurch Art Gallery.

A film premier for this award-winning exploration of education through nature play, this film is a must see for educators, parents and community groups looking to be inspired by the possibilities of outdoor education for children. The film will be followed by a discussion on the relevance of this film to New Zealand and to ask questions about our current relationship with nature. 

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September Tennis Canterbury: Love Tennis(external link)

1pm to 4pm: Hagley Park Tennis Club and more.

Become the next Wimbledon superstar by heading along to Tennis Canterbury's regional open day. Clubs all across Christchurch are inviting newcomers to try out or get back into playing tennis. All equipment will be supplied and there will be BBQs, games and giveaways over the weekend too.

Saturday 9 September

Mahoe-nui Bush Spring Plant Care day(external link)

9.15am to 11.30am:  900m west of Evans Pass, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Help ready the native plants in Mahoe-nui Bush for spring by cutting back grass and vegetation from around them. Bring gumboots and refreshments, gardening equipment will be provided.

Sunday 24 September

(external link)Sri Chinmoy Spring Blossom Marathon(external link)

8am:  Meet 300m south of the Riccarton roundabout on Deans Avenue in Hagley Park South.

Test your spirit this spring with a run or walk through Hagley Park. With options for full or half marathons, 10km or the children's 2.5km, there's something to suit all fitness levels. Complimentary breakfast provided for all competitors.

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.