Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for recreation and enjoyment of Christchurch residents.
Today Hagley Park is the most significant central city park and offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre.
Hagley Park, renowned for its extensive area of 165 hectares (407 acres), its wide-open spaces and mature woodlands, comprises North and South Hagley Park, separated by Riccarton Avenue and bordered by Deans, Hagley, Rolleston and Harper Avenue.
Car parks are available off Riccarton Ave and Armagh Street, with additional parking around the perimeter.
Although the park is open all hours, car parking at both Riccarton Ave and Armagh St is only between:
Metroinfo has up to date bus information.
Hagley Park has facilities for golf (external link) , netball (external link) , petanque (external link) , croquet (external link) , model yachts (external link) and tennis (external link) , with sports grounds for both school, club and casual competition.
Picnic facilities with free barbeques, drinking water and toilets are located in both North and South Hagley Park [PDF, 1.1 MB].
Ever since the 1906-07 New Zealand International Exhibition, North Hagley Park has been a popular venue for outdoor events (external link) .
A visit to Hagley Park gives an appreciation for the very beginnings of Christchurch city as we know it today.
Bordering the kilometres of cycling and walking tracks are 17 exercise stations creating a fitness circuit along the perimeter track of North Hagley Park.
The North Hagley perimeter measures 4.5km and South Hagley, 3.7km.