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.

Saturday 21, Sunday 22, Monday 23, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October

Day out in Diamond Harbour(external link)

10am to 4pm: Stoddart Cottage, Lower Waipapa Avenue, Diamond Harbour

Come for a day out in Diamond Harbour and visit the historic Stoddart Cottage and Garden. There will be an exhibition inside the cottage where you can check out what people from the past did on their day out in Diamond Harbour!

Sunday 22 October

Walking in Harry Ell's Footsteps(external link)

10.30am to 2.30pm: Sign of the Kiwi, 100 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere

Follow in the footsteps of conservationist Harry Ell, without whom, we would not have the stunning scenic reserves in the Port Hills to explore. This return walk will go from Sign of the Takahe to Sign of the Kiwi.  While the track is well formed in most places, sturdy footwear and a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. 

Bookings required, contact or phone (03) 326 3035.

Sunday 22 October

Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair(external link)

10am to 4pm: Orton Bradley Park, Marine Drive, Charteris Bay

A perfect outing for the whole family, the Spring Fair will feature live music, food, market stalls, a rhododendron garden and heritage buildings open to explore. For added adventure, take the Diamond Harbour Ferry across and be picked up by a free shuttle that will be running back and forth to Orton Bradley Park all day.

Adults $10.

Saturday 28 October

Port Hills Spring Maintenance Day: Dry Bush

1pm to 3pm: Meet on Summit Road at the top of Huntsbury Track

The native trees and plants in Dry Bush Reserve need your help to survive. Bring a friend or the whānau and help free a tree from grass competition. Without regular maintenance in the first three years, these native plants won't get enough light or space to be able to grow. Wear sturdy boots and weather appropriate clothing. Gloves and hedge clippers will be provided.

Saturday 28 October

Pink Star Walk(external link)

From 3.30pm: North Hagley Park, The Entertainment Triangle, Armagh Street

Dig your most neon pink outfit out of the closet and get walking to increase awareness for breast cancer and raise money to support New Zealand women. With a 5km for all the family or the more challenging half marathon for those over 18, there are plenty of options to suit all fitness levels.

Register here for tickets(external link)

Saturday 4 November

Port Hills Spring Maintenance Day: Eastside Bush

1pm to 3pm: Meet at the rear carpark in Victoria Park

Join us for the last maintenance day of the season and help free a tree from grass competition. Without regular maintenance for the first three years, the native plants here won't survive. Bring weather appropriate clothes and sturdy footwear. Gloves and hedge clippers will be provided. A BBQ will follow to thank everyone for their efforts this spring.

Saturday 4 to 26 November Banks Peninsula Walking Festival(external link)

Running over four epic weekends in November, the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival has an adventure to suit everyone. With walks that take you into areas usually not accessible to the public, knowledgeable guides will lead, inform and inspire! Our events page provides a full list of walking events.

Bookings are necessary, tickets available on eventfinda or phone Sue on 021 0417 402.

Saturday 11 November

Black Point Reserve Planting Day

9am: Black Point Reserve, between Church Bay and Charteris Bay, Lyttelton Harbour

Help remove bone seed and plant natives in Black Point Reserve. Wear appropriate footwear and bring along sunscreen, snacks, water, gloves and a spade. Some equipment will be provided for those who don't have their own.

Register your interest with Mandy on

Saturday 11 November

Mahoe-nui Spring plant care day

9.15am to 11.30am: Mahoe-nui Bush lower, off Evans Pass (park in the Rapanui Bush layby)

Join us at Mahoe-nui Bush lower to help free native plants from grass and vegetation so they can grow healthy and strong. Bring your gumboots or a sturdy pair of boots, warm clothes and refreshments. Gardening gloves and clippers are provided though you're more than welcome to bring your own. In association with North Canterbury Forest and Bird and Sumner Environment Group.

Sunday 12 November

Walk 2 D'Feet MND(external link)

9am to 1pm: North Hagley Park, Rolleston Ave

Hit the pavement for a 3.5km walk to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease. Half of the funds raised will support MND research in New Zealand while the other half will assist in providing support for people with MND. The walk will go ahead rain or shine and the trail is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Adults $10, Families $20 register 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.

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