Hagley Park and Gardens

Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for recreation and enjoyment of Christchurch residents.

Hagley Park

Heart of the city

Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for the enjoyment of Christchurch residents. Today, it is the most significant central city park, offering a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre.

Hagley Park is renowned for its extensive area of 165 hectares (407 acres), its wide-open spaces and mature woodlands. It comprises North and South Hagley Park which are separated by Riccarton Avenue and bordered by Deans, Hagley, Rolleston and Harper Avenues. 

A visit to Hagley Park gives an appreciation for the very beginnings of Christchurch city as we know it today.

open this link to view a map of Hagley Park

View a map of Hagley Park

Access and opening hours

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:

  • 7am and 9pm November to February
  • 7am and 8.30pm March
  • 7am and 6.30pm April to September
  • 7am and 8.30pm October

Metroinfo has up to date bus information.(external link)

People are asked to refrain from smoking in Council-owned playgrounds and parks (including sports parks) in line with the Council's Smokefree Public Places Policy.


Dogs and bikes

  • Dogs in Hagley Park must remain under control at all times.
  • On pathways, dogs must be on a lead.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens by law.
  • Bikes in Hagley Park must share pathways with walkers.
  • Bike stands are available at all entrances to the Botanic Gardens. Within the Gardens bikers must dismount and continue on foot.

Sport and leisure

Hagley Park has facilities for golf,(external link)(external link) netball,(external link)(external link) petanque,(external link)(external link) croquet,(external link)(external link) model yachts (external link)(external link)and tennis,(external link)(external link) with sports grounds for both school, club and casual competition.

All club competition inquiries can be made via Sport New Zealand.(external link)(external link) All fitness organisations inquiries can be made via the Registered Exercise Professionals.(external link)(external link)

Picnic facilities with free barbeques, drinking water and toilets are located in both North and South Hagley Park. Ever since the 1906-07 New Zealand International Exhibition, North Hagley Park has been a popular venue for outdoor events.

Walking and cycling

Tracks and pathways go through and around the park, linking with city cycle networks, the Ōtākaro/Avon River walk and the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 879 KB]. The North Hagley perimeter measures 4.5km and South Hagley, 3.7km.

Bordering cycling and walking tracks are 17 exercise stations creating a fitness circuit along the perimeter track of North Hagley Park.

North Hagley Park

Walking tracks

There are a number of fantastic walks in and around Hagley Park, whether you're after exercise or a leisurely stroll through gardens.

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Around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park stretches north and south, an open urban space of almost 165 hectares.