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.

Parks Week 2017 logo.

Parks Week, Saturday 4 March to Sunday 12 March 2017

We love parks so much we dedicated a whole week to them.  

Join us as we celebrate parks with a week of events designed to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

Magical Parks

Saturday 4 March to Monday 20 March, 8am to 7pm

  • Ouruhia Reserve, Styx
  • Cypress Gardens, Bromley
  • Wycola Park, Hornby

Get your digital natives outdoors!

Download the app Magical Parks (external link)and head out to one of these three local parks to enter a virtual world and get moving! Chase dinosaurs and collect dino eggs, find kittens or run from the dark fairies.

Magical Park turns a normal urban city park into a digital fantasy land. It has geo-fenced boundaries so the app stops working beyond the edge of the park, so it's completely safe to let your kids run around. Best suited for 6-11 year-olds.

Wild Nature Corner at Children's Day

Boy with a stick. Sunday 5 March, 11am to 3pm.

Red Zone corner New Brighton Rd and Locksley Ave.

Make sure you visit the Wild Nature Corner at this year’s Children's Day event.

Its created by Avon-Ōtākaro Network, Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park, Greening the Red Zone, Greening the Rubble, Working Waters Trust, CCC Parks Unit, Trees for Canterbury, Waiora Landscapes and Fern Factor.

Live fish, native plants, nature’s treasure hunts, tepee building with natural materials, and a sensory table offer lots of family-friendly fun, while a “River of Ideas” will flow and grow throughout the day as children are asked for their thoughts on the future of the red zone.

The SVA Big Give!

Saturday 4 March, 9am to  3 pm.

Rocking Horse Road,  Spit, South New Brighton.

1000 volunteers, 1 seaside location and an awesome community that needs help.

The Student Volunteer Army (external link)are working with Council rangers to help fix walking tracks, clean up rubble from earthquake damage and set up a picnic area.

Find Nature's Treasures

In celebration of Parks Week, we created a find nature's treasures activity card [PDF, 178 KB] [PDF 182KB] for you to download and use in any of our city parks at any time!

To help you choose where to go, we've included three suggestions of parks to visit with short walks that suit young families:

Enjoyed this activity and want to do more? Why not print off the Christchurch Botanic Garden's family treasure hunt and take a closer look at this great park too?