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

PT in the Park(external link)

9am to 10am:  Carlton Mill Corner, Hagley Park.

Get fit for free with PT in the Park! Suitable for any age or fitness level, a range of about 10 different trainers run the sessions and offer everything from yoga to boxing.

Saturday 5 August

Ngā Puna Wai Reserve Community Planting Day

2pm start:  Meet at the corner of O'Donnell St and Macfarlane Ave.

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. 

Saturday 12 August

Southshore Reserve Community Planting Day

10am to 12pm:  Meet at the end of Rocking Horse Road.

Help Trees for Canterbury and the Park Rangers replace native plants lost in the 2009 fire so birds will be encouraged back into the area. Bring a spade, gloves and all the family. A BBQ will be on after the event.

Saturday 26 August Victoria Park Volunteer Planting

10am to 12pm:  Meet at Victoria Park.

Get your friends together and help restore native forest to Victoria Park this planting day! Remember to wear sturdy boots, dress for all weather and bring your own gloves. 

Sunday 27 August Otukaikino Community Planting Day

10am to 12.30pm: Meet at Roto Kohatu Reserve, airport end of Sawyers Arms Road.

Join in with the ongoing improvement of one of Christchurch's most popular recreational area, the Otukaikino River Reserve. This planting day, in association with Trees for Canterbury, is all about establishing native trees and shrubs - bring a spade, gloves and sturdy footwear. There will be a well earned BBQ at the end. 

Saturday 9 September

Mahoe-nui Bush Spring Plant Care day(external link)

9.15am to 11.30am:  900m west of Evans Pass, Summit Road, Port Hills.

Help ready the native plants in Mahoe-nui Bush for spring by cutting back grass and vegetation from around them. Bring gumboots and refreshments, gardening equipment will be provided.

Sunday 24 September

(external link)Sri Chinmoy Spring Blossom Marathon(external link)

8am:  Meet 300m south of the Riccarton roundabout on Deans Avenue in Hagley Park South.

Test your spirit this spring with a run or walk through Hagley Park. With options for full or half marathons, 10km or the children's 2.5km, there's something to suit all fitness levels. Complimentary breakfast provided for all competitors.

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.