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 

Hagley 5km parkrun(external link)

8am: Meet by Victoria Lake next to the Armagh Street car park, Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave

Come along for a morning run where you can time yourself or just run at your own pace for fun. Participation is free but please register(external link) so the organisers know how many to expect.

Tuesday 12 December

Sport Canterbury Tough Kid(external link)

9.45am and 1pm: South Brighton Domain,  New Brighton

Open to primary and intermediate students, this fun event combines a race with some crazy obstacles, a mud pit and a water slide! If your school hasn't entered a team yet then get your teacher to register via email.

If you're heading along to compete then don't forget your fancy dress!

Thursday 14 December

Canterbury Kings v Otago Volts

4pm: Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park, Riccarton Road

Spend the afternoon with the family watching Twenty20 cricket and cheer on Canterbury as they battle it out with Otago for the Southern Derby. Book your tickets here.(external link)

Friday 15 December

Carols in the Park

6pm to 9pm: Doris Lusk Reserve, Corner of Worcester St and Stanmore Rd

Get into the festive spirit at this carol singing community event. There will be a night market on at the same time so head along for an enjoyable evening with friends and family. Bring a rug to sit on and a candle to light at the end of the event.

Saturday 16 December

Sol3 Mio

5pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Catch these talented singers at their pre-Christmas concert, singing their own signature mix of traditional, opera, and festive tunes. Tickets from $90. Book your tickets here(external link).

Thursday 21 December

Christmas Rogaine

5pm to 9pm: Omahu Bush, Rhodes Road, Tai Tapu

Have a go at this team navigation event where you have two and a half hours to find as many checkpoints as possible using a special map. BBQ, Christmas fare and prizes after event. Adults $25, Students $20, Children under 12 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Online entry(external link) or enter on the night.

Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 December

Christmas Magical Park

Ouruhia Reserve, Chenery Ave, Styx

Help save Santa's reindeer in this amazing AR game that transforms Ouruhia Reserve from normal park to snowy digital playground. A compatible mobile device, the Magical Park app(external link), and access to mobile data or hotspot is required to play. The game is suitable for children aged 6 - 11.

Compatible devices include iPhone 5 and iPad 3 and above, Android devices with GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer sensors, and compass.

Saturday 23 December Black Caps v West Indies ODI Series

 11am to 6pm: Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

Get in on the action and experience the quintessential kiwi summer sport at Hagley Park. The Black Caps will face the West Indies in a series of thrilling cricket matches this summer. Head along and support New Zealand! Book tickets for the second ODI here.(external link)

Tuesday 26 December Black Caps v West Indies ODI Series

11am to 6pm: Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

Get in on the action and experience the quintessential kiwi summer sport at Hagley Park. The Black Caps will face the West Indies in a series of thrilling cricket matches this summer. Head along and support New Zealand! Book tickets for the third ODI here.(external link)

Sunday 31 December

New Year's Eve

6.30pm to 12.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Celebrate New Year with a fun night out for the whole family. With a special kid's countdown at 8.30pm, fabulous entertainers, music and fireworks, no one will miss out on the excitement! This event is alcohol-free, bags may be searched.

Sunday 7 January

Canterbury Kings v Wellington Firebirds

2pm: Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave

Spend your Sunday watching Canterbury take on last year's champions, the Wellington Firebirds, in the final home game of the season! Book tickets here.(external link)

Saturday 13 January

Salmonella Dub featuring the Return of Tiki Taane

2pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Legends of the kiwi music scene, Salmonella Dub celebrate their 25th anniversay with special guest Tiki Taane, who worked with the band for 10 years.

Founding member Andrew Penman says "expect an iconic, audio-visual, bass heavy, back catalogue mash up with a treasure chest of guests" Fans better get their tickets quick! Buy tickets here(external link).

Friday 19 January

Belfast Skate Jam

1pm to 4pm: Sheldon Park, 710 Main North Road, Belfast

Get down to Sheldon Park for free gear hire and heaps of tips and tricks from the experts at Cheapskates Skate Skool. 

Prizes up for grabs, music and a free BBQ!

Saturday 20 January

Kite Day

1pm to 4pm: New Brighton Beach – North side, Marine Parade, New Brighton

Join this amazing event and watch your kite soar on the sea breeze. The sight of thousands of colourful and different kites fluttering over the beach is one sure to delight both adults and children. Bring your own kite or buy one from the Kite Shop on the day.

Saturday 27 January

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival

11am to 6.30pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Know a porter from a pilsner? Head along to Great Kiwi Beer Festival for a smorgasbord of local and international craft beer and cider. Along with the beer there will be music, cooking demonstrations, seminars, beer and food matching and more! Get your tickets here.(external link)

Saturday 27 January

Bishopdale Skate Jam

Midday to 3pm: Bishopdale Skate Bowl, Leacroft Street, Bishopdale

The Cheapskates Skate Skool team will be on hand to help beginner skaters get rolling and can offer tips and tricks to the more experienced. Aimed mostly at 8 to 15 year olds, anyone can come along regardless of age as there will be skate demonstrations, competitions, free gear hire and a free BBQ!

Sunday 28 January

Corsair Classic Triathlon and Duathlon

From 7am: Corsair Bay

This old-school triathlon and duathlon has options for all ages and abilities and is perfectly timed for those training for Challenge Wanaka and Ironman. There will be an Olympic distance triathlon and duathlon, a short distance triathlon and a kids aquathon! Book here.(external link)

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.

Keep burns confined to the sausages on the BBQ and remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap when you're outside this summer!

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