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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Take a look below for some of the activities happening in our parks over the next few months. You can also view upcoming events around Christchurch at (external link) .

Date Event Description
Saturday 24 June HopeWalk Christchurch

7.45am to 9.30am. Break the silence around the issue of suicide and help promote suicide prevention by joining HopeWalk in Hagley Park. for a 2.5km walk. Wear yellow for hope and bring the whanau along to support this great cause.

Meet at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. 

Sunday 25 June Matariki in the Zone

10am to 2pm. Celebrate Matariki or Maori New Year and give thanks to the land, sea and sky with this exciting community event. There are plenty of activities for all ages including weaving, carving and planting. Bring the whanau along for a hangi and a lot of fun. Winning entries of the 'This is what the river told me' writing and art competition will be on display and awarded prizes. 

Anzac Drive Reserve, off Corserland Street. 

Friday 7 July  SCAPE's Re:ACTIVATE Kids and Teen Public Art Exhibition

SCAPE are looking for aspiring young artists and designers to respond to a brief and submit a design for a unique piece of public art - the more imaginative the better!

The two chosen pieces of art will be constructed with the help of Lewis Bradford Consultant Engineers and displayed in Hagley Park for six weeks over October and November.

Anyone under 18 may enter and there will be two categories, Years 1-8 and Years 9-13.

See the brief and more information (external link)

Saturday 8 July Westmorland East Reserve Community Planting Day

9am start. Come rain, hail or shine and join us in Westmorland Reserve to plant 500 native plants. Bring a spade, warm clothing, a mug for soup, and all your friends and family. If you want to help weed some of last year's plantings then bring all of the above plus gloves and hedge clippers. See you there!

Westmorland East Reserve, see the map [PDF, 283 KB] for exact location.

Saturday 5 August Ngā Puna Wai Reserve Community Planting Day

2pm start. Join us at Ngā Puna Wai Reserve to infill 200 native plants and spread some mulch. Bring a spade, gloves and refreshments. Warm clothes are a must because this event is happening whatever the weather! 

Meet at the corner of O'Donnell St and Macfarlane Ave.

See more details and a map of location.

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.