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

Date Event Description
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March Duke Festival of Surfing Competition

Head out to New Brighton pier to watch a range of exciting surf competition events from the longboard division to Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Friday 24 March Jump for Cancer

40 horses compete in a show jumping event at Hagley Park, raising money for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. FREE. Limited VIP tickets are available at $200 - contact Come along from 4pm.

Saturday 25 March Woolston Gala

11am to 3pm. Come along to a family fun day of food, market stalls and children's rides at Woolston Park, Ferry Road. Find out more about this free event.

Sunday 26 March Summer Bandstand

12.30pm to 2pm. Free, live music on the Central Lawn, Botanic Gardens - this Sunday it's the Salvation Army Christchurch City Band.

Sunday 26 March Faerie Picnic

12.30pm to 2.30pm. Join the faeries at Rawhiti Domain for a picnic and games. Bring a picnic blanket and something to eat and drink. Some baked treats will also be provided.

Sunday 2 April Sea 2 Sky Challenge

An end of summer challenge that includes a run along the scenic Godley Head Walkway. Find out how to register.

Sunday 2 April Muddy Good Run A race for adults and children, crawling, running and walking over obstacles and through mud and water at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. Ticketed Event.
Friday 14 April to 30 April Autumn Harvest Discovery Trail 10am to 5pm. A free school holidays event in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, most suitable ages 5-10. First, collect a booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre then hunt for plants that are great to eat.

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.