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 23 and Sunday 24 September

The Extravaganza Fair(external link)

9am to 5pm: Richmond Playground, Stanmore Road.

Come along to the Extravaganza Fair for a fun family day out! Live shows and concerts, crafty stalls, tasty food and drinks and a wicked atmosphere will keep everyone entertained all day long.

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.

Saturday 30 September

Breeze Walking Festival: Burnside Fitness Park Opening(external link)

11.30am to 1pm: Outside the Burnside Squash Club, Burnside Park, Avonhead Road

Take a 3km walk around the newly opened Burnside Fitness Park and try out all the stations. Experts will be on site to show you how to best use the equipment so don't miss the opportunity to learn how to enhance your exercise programme.

Saturday 30 September

Breeze Walking Festival: Discover Birds in your Backyard(external link)

9.30am to 12.30pm: Travis Wetland, Beach Road Car Park, Burwood

Join ecologist Colin Meurk and discover the rich bird and plant life in Travis Wetland. A BBQ will be put on by the Rotary afterwards. 

Bookings required: please contact Fenn Shaw on 03 354 0066 or

Saturday 30 September

Breeze Walking Festival: Omai ke O Hui(external link)

11am to 1pm: Hoon Hay Park, Mathers Road

Celebrate all things Pacific Island on this 3km family walk packed full of music, activities and fun! Join in and win spot prizes along the way.

Monday 2 October

Breeze Walking Festival: Going on a Bear Hunt(external link)

1pm to 1.30pm and 2pm to 2.30pm: Walter Park Playground, Innes Road, Mairehau

Kit the family out in gumboots and join us for a squelchy muddy bear hunt! We're not scared - are you? Perfect for younger family members, this walk is approximately 1km in length.

Monday 2 October

Breeze Walking Festival: Sign of the Kiwi to the Bridle Path(external link)

9.15am to 3.15pm: meet at Sign of the Kiwi car park, Dyers Pass/Summit Road intersection, Cashmere

Enjoy a guided walk with fantastic view of Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains along the undulating Crater Rim track. The walk is approximately 10km long and return transport is provided from Bridle Path back to Sign of the Kiwi. Suitable for 12 years and over.

Bookings required, 25 spaces only. Contact Ken Couling on or 384 2489 or 022 613 4610 to book a place.

Tuesday 3 October

Breeze Walking Festival: The Gumboot Stomp!(external link)

10am to 4pm: Meet at Linwood College, 85 Aldwins Road, Linwood to catch a bus to Spencer Park

Grab your gummies, stubbies and chequered flannel for a day out walking in Brooklands red zone and farm land! There will be lots of challenges along the 3.5km walk - physical, mental and edible plus a BBQ lunch, sports, music and prizes for best dressed.

Bookings required, only 40 spaces available. Contact Stephanie on 381 3245 or

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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