Parks & playgrounds

There are more than 300 Council owned or administered green space reserves within the Waimakariri District, managed by the Green Space and Community Facilities Team.

Cones Road safety assessment

A walking track from the end of Cones Road to Boundary Road through the unformed road reserve is currently being developed. Abley Transportation Consultants have done an independent investigation into the safety of upper Cones Road for increased pedestrian use in line with the proposed walkway development. Read the safety assessment (pdf, 1.4 MB).

Booking a Council reserve

If you would like more information on booking one of our reserves, please read the conditions and requirements on the Reserves booking form (pdf, 234.7 KB).  For further details, or to make a booking, please contact Council's Customer Services on 03 311 8900.

Fences bordering a Council reserve

Under certain circumstances, property owners having a boundary fence bordering a Council reserve can apply to the Council for a fencing contribution. This applies when an owner is looking to build a new fence or replace an existing one.

A contribution can only be made if an application to the Council has been assessed and approved prior to any work taking place. For further details, please refer to the documents in Related Information. If you wish to make an application, please contact Council’s Customer Services for additional information regarding the process.

Remotely controlled aircraft (drones)

The Council has adopted a policy that allows remote controlled aircraft to be flown within 11 of our district's larger parks, subject to conditions. Drones can be flown in the following grounds without the need for individual application: Sefton Domain, Gladstone Park, Southbrook Park, Maria Andrews Park, Kendall Park, Swannanoa Domain, Ohoka Domain, Waikuku Domain (central, north and south oval), West Oxford Reserve, Murphy Park and Wylie Park. The conditions are:
  • Where the park borders a private residence, flying may not occur closer than 10 metres to that boundary
  • The flying is carried out in a careful and considerate manner
  • Public events and sports will take priority over flying remotely controlled aircraft.

Read the Flying Remotely Controlled Aircraft (Drones) on Council Parks Policy.

Parks listing

Acacia Avenue Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Toilets
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

65 Acacia Avenue Reserve

Park site layout

 

Allen Reserve

Allen Reserve is a medium-sized reserve running between two cul-de-sacs.                 AllenReserve

The reserve is very attractive with high quality fittings, a winding pathway, interesting contouring and mass plantings of native grasses. The reserve is very open with two wide street frontage and most of the nearby houses overlooking it.

Facilities

 Pathway/Cycleway

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

15 Lowe Place, Rangiora

Allin Drive Reserve

Allin Drive Reserve is a semi-flat area rising up from the road and flattening out in the middle A dirt mound located in the north-eastern corner adds interest. AllinDriveReserve26swingsThere are five garden beds mainly planted with natives, and two mature pine trees in the centre of the reserve.

Facilities

Playground
Basketball hoop

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

30 Allin Drive, Waikuku Beach

Arlington Reserve

Facilities
  • Sportsfield
  • PlaygroundArlingtonReserve
Dog Status

Voice control 

Park Address

1 Aintree Place, Rangiora 

 
 

 

Ashgrove Park

Ashgrove-Park

The Rangiora Borough Council acquired this land in the 1950s as new housing subdivisions were beginning to appear in the north-west of the town.Since the park opened it has been used extensively for recreation by the adjacent Ashgrove School and the wider community, with a variety of sports, social and recreational activities taking place.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Sportsfields
  • Toilets
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address 

287B Kingsbury Avenue, Rangiora

Park map (pdf, 54.2 KB)

Ashley Gorge Reserve

The Ashley Gorge Reserve is located 8 kilometres from Oxford on the south side of the Ashley River where the gorge exits to the plain and is formed from several sloping terraces nestled in amongst the hills.AshleyGorgeReserve

It has a backdrop of steep slopes, covered on two sides with native beech forest.  Its northern boundary provides access to the Ashley River which is a major attraction to the area.

The closest area of foothills natural bush to Christchurch, which is readily accessible to the public, is contained within the reserve. Other parts of the reserve have been cleared and replanted with exotic plant species. These now form mature exotic woodland areas.

The top terrace of the reserve has been developed as a campground and the other terraces as open space for casual recreation pursuits such as picnicking, walking, ball games and so forth.

The overall character attributed to the reserve is of an ‘area of natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere created by the gently flowing river, mature trees, native bush and birdlife’.

Part of the reserve’s attraction is the visual beauty of the bush across the river. The massed species of plants that are there add to this, for example, the Kowhai trees in flower are a spectacular sight.

The character of the reserve provides a distinct contract to the dry, open landscape of most of Canterbury. The reserve’s natural attributes combined with good swimming holes and bush walks are scarce in Canterbury and attract large numbers of people from a wide catchment, especially during the warmer months.

Short informal bush walks loop through the terraces at the rear of the reserve and river walks to nearby swimming holes can be enjoyed in suitable conditions. Dogs are not permitted on the bush walks.

Facilities 
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Pathway/cycleway
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

709 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford

Ashley Picnic Ground

The Ashley Picnic Ground is a 1.5 hectares reserve located approximately half a kilometre north of Rangiora on the southern bank of the Ashley/Rakahuri River.  Its proximity to the township AshleyPicnicGrounds  makes it a popular spot in summer with Rangiora residents and other visitors.
Extensive tree and native shrub planting has been carried out on the site over the past few years resulting in an attractive environment for people to picnic.  An electric BBQ is provided on the site as well as toilets and picnic tables.

Each year a safe swimming hole is dug in the Ashley/Rakahuri River adjacent to the picnic ground and this has proven to be very popular.
A substantial BMX track is located on the eastern boundary of the reserve and is open to members of the public.

The start of the Mike Kean Walkway is to the east just over the northern stop bank of the reserve and goes for approximately 1 kilometre to the railway bridge.

A town information kiosk has been located just outside the main entrance to the reserve. 

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Electric BBQ
  • BMX track
Dog status

Voice control

Park Address

2 Millton Avenue, Rangiora (adjacent to Ashley River road bridge) 

 

 

 

 

Aspen Street Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
20 Aspen Street
Rangiora

Audley Street Reserve

Audley Street Reserve is a nearly triangular reserve, with an attractive rural outlook across Island Road. The playground contains a large slide, a swing set with four seats and two see-saws. 

AudleyStRes26playground

Facilities

 Playground

Dog Status

Voice control

Park Address

10 Audley Street, Kaiapoi 

 
 
 

Baker Park

Facilities                            BakerParkPlayground

Playground

Dog Status

Voice control

Park Address

15 Aldersgate Street and 17A Otaki Street, Kaiapoi 

 
 

Barnard Street Recreation Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
18 Silverstream Boulevard
Kaiapoi

Bayliss Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Toilets
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
9 Bayliss Drive
Kaiapoi

Bridget Lane Reserve

Bridget Lane Reserve is an attractive green accessway between cul-de-sacs. BridgetLaneReserve

Facilities

Recreation and Ecological linkage 

Dog status

On a leash

 Park address

13A Bridget Lane, Rangiora 

 

 

 

 

Bush Street Reserve

Bush Street Reserve is a small enclosed reserve linking Bush Street with Luxton Place, framed by the stream on one boundary and the kindergarten on the other. The Middlebrook Stream BushStReserve runs through the northern boundary, adding to the character of the reserve.

This reserve was originally part of the Rangiora Bush. A plaque inlaid in a stone was laid in the reserve by the Rangiora Mayor in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Facilities

Playground

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

29 Bush Street, Rangiora 

 
 
 

Canterbury Street Reserve

Canterbury Street Reserve is a small, flat area adjacent to the Ashley Playcentre, and bordered at the rear by a railway line. The reserve has an attractive rural backdrop and there is good CanterburyStReserve  vision into and out of it from all sides.

Facilities

Playground

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

43 Canterbury Street, Ashley 

 
 

Cassino Street Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
10a Cassino Street
Rangiora

Church Street Reserve

Church Street Reserve is located on a corner site bounded by residential streets to the north and west, a residential property to the east and electrical substation to the south. The reserve ChurchStReserve offers attractive views of the foothills and Mt Oxford to the north and the Torlesse Range to the north-west.

Facilities

Playground

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

Crn Church and Burnett Streets, Oxford. 

 
 
 

Corcoran Reserve

Corcoran Reserve is one of the reserves that is linked with others to form the Kaiapoi Riverbanks area. This area was significantly affected by the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and is currentlyCorcoranReserve under redevelopment.

Facilities

Recreation and Ecological

Dog control

Voice control

Park address

71-131B Charles Street, Kaiapoi 

 
 
 

Cust Community Centre Grounds

Facilities JackGrahamReserveplayground
  • Toilets
  • Community building 
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

9 Mill Road, Cust 

 

Cust Domain

Cust-Domain

The Cust Equestrian Group has a fenced area within this large domain. It features a full sized all-weather arena. The Domain's pavilion facilities are often used by the group. Access to the facility is available to all members. 

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Pavilion
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

111A-111D Mill Road, Cust

Cust Memorial Reserve

Facilities

Cultural Heritage CustMemorialReserve

Dog status

On a leash

Park address

Crn Mill and Cust Roads, Cust 

 
 

 

Currie Park

Currie Park is a large, flat, open park. The back half of the reserve borders onto residential properties and the front half opens out to Feldwick Drive CurriePark

Failities

Playground

Dog status

Voice control

Park Address 

Cnr Feldwick Drive and Ellen Place, Kaiapoi 

 
 

Darnley Square

Facilities                  DarnleySquareplayground
  • Playground
  • Community building
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

 11 Cass Street, Kaiapoi

Dudley Park

Dudley Park originated in 1925, and is named after Archdeacon Benjamin Woolley Dudley, the first vicar of Rangiora. When Park Street was formed, the Jubilee Memorial Gates were erected at DudleyParkgatesthe Park Street entrance after the jubilee celebrations. There are two plaques on the gates:

  • 'Borough of Rangiora - This district was first settled by pioneers from Great Britain about the year 1850 - the Borough was constituted on May 4 1878'
  • 'The gates were erected as a memorial of the fifty years Jubilee of the Borough of Rangiora - 1878-1928'

Dudley Park is the main centre of netball in North Canterbury, and boasts a swimming pool and squash courts.

Facilities
  • Playground 
  • Sportsfield
  • Toilets
  • Skate park
  • Fitness stations
  • Pavilion
  • Multi-sport artificial turf
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

45 Church Street, Rangiora (43 Church Street for Netball Courts)

Park map (pdf, 44.0 KB)

Dudley Park artificial turfDudley Park multi-sport turf

The North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust worked alongside the Rangiora Hockey Club to install a versatile artificial turf on the old netball courts at Dudley Park next to the skate park (area marked in green in the image above). It has powerful lights on poles in each corner for use until 9.30pm, and court markings for mini hockey and two netball courts. 

The turf can be hired for a range of different sporting codes - contact North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust on 03 975 5556 ext. 0, or make an online booking.

Dunns Ave Reserve

Facilities                             DunnsAveReserve

Recreation & Ecological Linkage

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

91 Dunns Avenue, Pines Beach 

 
 

Elephant Park

Elephant Park is an open flat park on the corner of two wide streets. Council acquired the Elephant Park land in 1914, and the Rangiora-Oxford railway line was at the time on the BlackettElephantPark26playground Street boundary of the park. The park is named after a pink concrete elephant, which was built by a service club in the 1970s for children to play. A suggestion was made to formally name the park White Street Reserve, but the children in the area protested and it became Elephant Park. 

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

Cnr White and Blackett Streets, Rangiora 

Featherstone Park

Facilities   FeatherstoneReserve

Recreation & Ecological linkage

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

1A Featherstone Avenue, Kaiapoi 

 
 

Ferry Road Reserve

Facilities                FerryRdReserve

Recreation & Ecological linkage

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

4 Woodend Beach Road, Ferry Road, Woodend Beach 

 
 

Forestdale Wetlands

Facilities ForestdaleWetland

Natural

Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

221 Mountain Road, Okuku 

 
 

Fuller Street Reserve

Facilities FullerStReserve

Neighbourhood                          

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

52 Fuller Street, Kaiapoi 

 
 

 

Glenvale Walkway Reserve

The green corridor forming Glenvale Walkway extends for 2.2 kilometres around the south-west edge of Kaiapoi township. After running parallel to Christchurch’s northern motorway, it turns sharply at its mid-point, following Kaikanui Stream through to Kaiapoi’s main road (Williams Street). The walk can be extended by 350 metres upon a careful crossing of Williams Street, where an exit is available at Jim Bryden Reserve on Holland Drive.

As well as the stream, other features of the walkway include the Keep Kaiapoi Beautiful Society’s rhododendron garden, an avenue of attractive specimen trees and a variety of native plants. Please keep your dog under close control throughout this reserve.

Facilities GlenvaleWalkwayReserve
  • Attractive wedding site
  • Recreation and ecological linkage 
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

Ohoka Road/Robert Coup Road/Fairweather Crescent/ William Street, Kaiapoi

Good Street Reserve

Good Street Reserve is an extensively developed reserve split into two halves. The southern half is occupied by an historic cottage, the museum and bridge club, a gravel car park and aGoodStReserve pleasantly treed grass terrace. The museum was originally the top half of the Bank of New Zealand building that was on the corner of High and Ashley Streets. The northern or neighbourhood part of the reserve is an open, flat, grassed area with a cottage belonging to a Trust on the western boundary and play equipment on the Good Street frontage.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Basketball half court
 Dog status

Voice control

Park address

29-37 Good Street, Rangiora 

 

Grange View Reserve

Grange View Reserve is a very large reserve, with the Waiiti Stream running along its northern boundary. Long arms of the reserve follow the stream out to Chinnerys Road in the east andGrangeViewReserve west. The main body of the reserve meets Grange View in the north and Hewitts Road in the south.

A special feature of the reserve is a brass plaque on the Hewitts Road nameboard commemorating the opening of the reserve by Councillor Edna Smith in October 1998. 

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Pathway/Cycleway 
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

11 Grange View Crescent, Woodend 

 
 

 

Green Street Walkway

Green Street Walkway is an attractive 'green belt' walkway link.GreenStreetWalkway

Facilities

Recreation & Ecological Linkage

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

87 Charles Street, runs between Charles Street and South Belt, Rangiora 

 
 
 

Gray Crescent Reserve

Gray Crescent Reserve is a long, open area running between two crescents, with a concrete pad at one end and amenity planting and play equipment at the other. High fences separate most of GrayCresRes26basketball the neighbouring properties from the reserve.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Pathway/cycleway 
 Dog status

Voice control

Park address

49A Gray Crescent/19 Blackwell Crescent, Kaiapoi 

 

Hazeldean Reserve

This area was subdivided in 1977 by Hazeldean Developments. This reserve area was originally part of the garden of the two-storey dwelling on the west boundary. HazeldeanReserve

Facilities

Recreation & Ecological Linkage

Dog status

On a leash

Park address

85 Durham Street, Rangiora

 

 
 
 

Hinemoa Park

HinemoaPark
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Pathway/Cycleway
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

52 Fairweather Cresent and 13 Belcher Street, Kaiapoi

Hurunui Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
58 Arahura Road
Pegasus

Jack Graham Reserve

FacilitiesJackGraham

Playground 

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

11-13 Mill Road, Cust 

 
 

Janelle Place Reserve

Janelle Place Reserve is a very attractive, small reserve on a rounded corner site. General landscaping and established trees such as a central grove of silver birches enhance the reserve.JanellePlaceReserve

Facilities

Recreation & Ecological linkage

Dog status

On a leash

Park address

12A Janelle Place, Rangiora 

 
 
 

Kaiapoi Domain Park

Facilities                                      KaiapoiDomain
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly 
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

10 Ranfurly Street, Kaiapoi 

 

Kaiapoi Lakes Reserve

Kaiapoi Lakes is a 25 hectare native reserve of district significance located at the northern end of Kaiapoi, 2 kilometres from the town centre. KaiapoiLakesReserve

Kaiapoi Lakes is known as Nga Tapuwae o Mua (footsteps of the past). In pre-European times the area now occupied by Kaiapoi Lakes was well inhabited as the Kaiapohia Pa nearby to the north was the main settlement for the Ngai Tahu in the central South Island. Several Kaianga (villages) had gardens supporting the fortified Pa located in the immediate vicinity of the Lakes. Because of this history the Lakes are located within an area which contains the highest concentration of recorded archaeological sites in Canterbury.

The reserve is bisected by Main North Road and deep lakes, formed from disused gravel pits, are located on either side of the road. The eastern-most lake is a significant breeding ground for rare water bird species such as the New Zealand Scaup and the New Zealand Shoveler. This birdlife attracts international visitors to the area. This lake is also a significant site for coarse fishing with a Discrete (species limited to coarse and native fish) Coarse Fishery established by the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council.

The south-western most lake has been primarily developed for casual recreation and the tranquil environment is enjoyed by picnickers, walkers and kayakers.

Extensive planting of native species has been carried out over recent years and overall, a very pleasant environment has been created by the mature trees and plants, birdlife, tranquillity of the lakes and their surrounds. 

A walk around the lake is a distance of just under 1 kilometre. A car park is provided a short distance off the main road. Dogs must be kept under control and are not permitted within the bird sanctuary area east of the main road.

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

470,471 and 511 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 

 

 

 

Kaiapoi Memorial Reserve

Facilities  KaiapoiWarMemorialReserve
  • Toilets
  • Garden park
  • Pathway/cycleway 
Dog staus

On a leash

Park address

90 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi 

 

Kairaki Reserve

Facilities KairakiReserve
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly 
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

70 Featherstone Ave, Kairaki 

 

Kendall Park

Kendall Park is a competition sports ground, with a total area of 13.125 hectares. Miss V N Kendall donated 4.2 hectares to the Ohoka and Eyreton Reserves Board in the early 1980s as a public Kendall-Parkpark, along with funding towards its development.

The clubrooms and first playing fields were developed in 1983, and have been used since then for soccer and cricket.The Council added 4.9 hectares to the park in 1995, and a further 4 hectares in 1997 to allow for the expansion of junior soccer and cricket. An artificial turf was installed at Kendall Park in 2014.

Facilities
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

Island Road, Kaiapoi

Park map (pdf, 42.8 KB)

Kiln Place Reserve

Kiln Place Reserve is a small rectangular reserve with a curving path running through the eastern side and out to Williams Street. KilnPlaceRes

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Pathway/cycleway
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

13 Kiln Place, Kaiapoi 

 

Kowaro Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
4 Kuta Street
Pegasus

Loburn Domain

Loburn-Domain
Facilities
  • Playground
  • Sportsfield
  • Toilets
  • Pavilion
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

154 Loburn Whiterock Road, Loburn

Park map (pdf, 50.4 KB)

Mandeville Domain

Mandeville Domain is home to the Eyreton Pony Club and Western Riding Club. The pony club has a sizable jumping area and small arena spaces for rider training and club events. The Western Riding Club uses an all-weather arena. Both have small clubrooms. There is alsoMandevilleDomain an on-site ring at the domain which is used for rodeo events. The playground has been renovated and opened for use in July 2016.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Sportsfields
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address 

431 Mandeville Road, Mandeville North

Mandeville Park Drive Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
33 Mandeville Park Drive
Mandeville

Matai Place Reserve

Matai Place Reserve is largely flat, with a narrow paved accessway running along its northern boundary to Park Avenue. There are views above the adjacent residential properties of both the Oxford foothills and Mt Oxford to the north, and Matai Place Reservethe Torlesse Range to the north-west.

Facilities

Playground

Dog status

On a leash

Park address

7B Matai Place, Oxford

 

Marshall Park

Facilities

Recreation and linkageMarshallPark

Dog status

Voice control

Address

38 Rickton Place, Rangiora

 

 

Matawai Park

Matawai Park is a surprising green oasis nestled amongst the residential streets of south Rangiora. It is easily accessed from King Street and other roadside entrances.The park is a recreation and education facility covering four hectares. It is laid out to reflect the native vegetation of Canterbury, with hill country, plains and swamp vegetation all being represented. MatawaiPark

Covering 4 hectares of largely swampy ground, the park is a recreation and education facility that continues to be developed. Starting in 1970 with what was, and still is, an unusual concept in park design, more than 25,000 trees have so far been planted.

Explore the park’s many tracks that wind through bushy dells and open into secluded or bigger grassy spaces and provide ever-changing vistas. Great for family walks and picnics.

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Friendly
  • Electric BBQ
  • Attractive Wedding Site
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

30 King Street, Rangiora

Monarch Boulevard Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
22a Monarch Boulevard
Kaiapoi

Moorcroft Reserve

 Community neighbourhood park. MoorcroftReserve

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Pathway/Cycleway
Dog status

On a Leash

Park address

81 Allison Crescent, Kaiapoi

 

Murphy Park

Murphy-Park
Facilities
  • Sportsfield
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

90A Raven Quay, Kaiapoi

Park map (pdf, 43.6 KB)

Neil Aitken Reserve

Neil Aitken Reserve is a very attractive reserve with high quality fittings and attractive landscaping. A winding pathway leads through to Enverton Close and Goodwood Close. NeilAitkenReserve

The Council acquired this land in two parts - one in 1994 and the other in 1996. The reserve is named after the developer and previous owner, Neil Aitken. A special feature is a brass plaque on the schist wall commemorating the opening of the reserve by the Mayor, Janice Skurr, in November 1996.

 

Facilities
  • Pathway
  • Cycleway
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

28 Kingsbury Avenue, Rangiora

 

Newnham Street Reserve

This very small reserve has a very peaceful contemplate atmosphere due to the Northbrook Stream which is a dominant feature, running through the reserve from east to west. There are mature willows on NewnhamStReservethe private bank of the stream, with established native trees and plantings in the reserve. This land was acquired in 1978 as a result of subdivision.

 

Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

8C Newnham Street, Rangiora



 

 

Northbrook Wetlands (Io Io Whenua)

Northbrook Wetlands is a large passive recreation reserve and stormwater treatment area located off Northbrook Road at the southern end of East Belt. The modern-day stormwater treatment facility NorthbrookWetlands2treats 60% of stormwater from urban Rangiora.  This includes runoff from main roads, railway, and industrial areas. Northbrook Wetlands was once the site of early European industry including flax mills, a brewery, fellmongery and a tannery.

Developing the land into a stormwater treatment area and a naturalised wetland system in 2002 involved carrying out major earthworks, installing culverts, bridges, paths and the planting of over 12,500 native plants, including NZ flax (harakeke) and raupo. The development provided a refuge for many wildfowl, both native and exotic including scaup, paradise ducks, black swans, pukeko, fantails and swallows. Platforms located at the water’s edge make attractive spots for people to enjoy their lunch amongst the birdlife.

Local Maori gathered food from the area in pre-European times.  With the European establishment of Rangiora town, it became home to a variety of industries, including two flax mills, a brewery, fellmongery and a tannery in the early nineteenth century.

In the 1930s a sewerage system, which included a septic treatment tank with discharge into the Northbrook Stream, was established there and operated for more than forty years.  Parts of the brewery and old sewerage system can still be found on site.

By providing habitat for birds, insects and fish, the life-supporting capacity of the site has been greatly restored after many years of industrial use.

A crusher dust pathway leads off the car park at Northbrook Road and provides a relaxing walk around the edge of the ponds on a relaxing 1.5 kilometre circuit walk. Those wanting a longer walk can exit the reserve at the south-eastern end via a paper road leading to Boys Road.

Northbrook Wetlands is pushchair and wheelchair friendly and bikes are allowed, however dogs are not permitted.

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access
  • Picnic tables
  • Attractive wedding site
  • Pathway/cycleway
  • Viewing platforms
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

Cnr Northbrook Road and Cotter Lane

Norton Reserve

Norton Reserve is a small gardenesque reserve surrounded on three sides by roads. The curved pathways add interest. Most of the adjacent houses overlook the house. This, as well as the shape of the NortonReservereserve and road frontages, creates a 'village green' atmosphere.

Facilities
  • Pathway
  • Cycleway
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

Cnr Woodglen Drive and Hewitts Road, Woodend

 

Oak Tree Reserve

This reserve was acquired by the Council in 1975 and named for a very large, old oak tree. The protection of this tree is probably the reason the reserve was created.Oak-Tree-Reserve 

 

Facilities
  • Recreation & Ecological
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

11 Strachan Place, Rangiora

Oakwood Park

Facilities
  • Playground                   Oakwood Park
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Pathway/Cycleway
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

35 Oakwood Drive, Rangiora

 


Ohoka Domain

FacilitiesOhoka-Domain
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Basketball half court
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

493C Mill Road, Ohoka

Ohoka Stream Walkway

This esplanade meanders through pleasant surroundings between Bradleys Road and Mill Road on the northern side of Ohoka village, and is a pleasant public walking track.Ohoka-Stream-Walkway

Facilities
  • Recreation & Ecological
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

Runs between Bradleys Road and Keetly Place, Ohoka

Owen Stalker Park

Facilities
  • Playground Owen-Stalker-Park
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

19 Main North Road (SH 1), Woodend


Oxford Service Centre Reserve

Facilities
  • Civic space Oxford-Service-Centre-Toilets
  • Toilets
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

32 Main Street, Oxford

Pankhurst Reserve

Facilities
  • PlaygroundPanckhurst-Reserve
  • Pathway/Cycleway
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

38 Panckhurst Drive/28 Parkinson Place, Woodend

Parkhouse Reserve

Parkhouse Reserve was acquired by the Council in 1976 and named after the street it is on. The street is named after Jaynie Parkhouse, gold medallist in swimming in 1974 at the Christchurch Commonwealth Parkhouse-ReserveGames.

The reserve has a wide frontage, making it look very open to the street. The reserve slopes slightly up from the street and then forms a flat, grassed ball area. The properties opposite form a pleasant view from within the reserve.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Basketball half court
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

26B Parkhouse Drive, Rangiora

 

Pearson Park

Facilities
  • Playground          Pearson-Park
  • Toilets
  • Sportsfield
  • Skate Park
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

56 Main Street/7 Burnett Street, Oxford

Pegasus View Park

Pegasus View Park is a small neighbourhood reserve with mature trees and a variety of adventure-style play equipment. The park is long and narrow opening onto Ensor Place in the west and Collins Drive Pegasus-View-Parkin the east. Despite its length and the mature trees, good vision has been retained into and out of the park.

The established trees and vegetation from adjacent residential properties give an enclosed feel to the park. This, combined with the smooth transition to the streets on either side, mounding and play equipment, makes the park an attractive asset to the area.

Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

5 Collins Drive/14 Ensors Place, Waikuku Beach

 

Pines Beach and Kairaki Coastal Reserve Area

FacilitiesPines-Beach-Car-Park

Natural

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

2 Lees Road, 366B Ferry Road, 2 & 1B Beach Road, Kaiapoi; 71 Batten Grove, The Pines Beach; 50B Featherstone Ave, Kairaki

 

Pines Oval

Facilities
  • Picnic friendlyPines-Oval-swings
  • Playground
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

24 Dunns Avenue, The Pines Beach

 

Poutini Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address
22 Kahuraki Drive
Pegasus

Regent Park

Regent Park is a large reserve with a wide frontage onto Kensington Ave and narrow entranceways to Regent Ave, Windsor Court and Carmana Gardens. It has a pleasant open aspect and a number of Regent-Parkattractive residential properties look onto the reserve. Pleasant views of the hills to the north can be seen from the park. From 1991 to 1996 the Council acquired the parcels of land that now make up the reserve, through reserve contribution.

Facilities
Playground
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

26 Regent Avenue/57 Kensington Avenue, Rangiora

 

Rickton Place Drainage Reserve

Rickton Place Drainage Reserve is an attractive 'green belt' type walkway link. Rickton-Place-Drainage-Reserve

Facilities
Recreation & Ecological Linkage
Dog status

On a leash

Park address

28 Rickton Place, Rangiora

 

Risley Reserve

Facilities

Recreational & EcologicalRisley-Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

1A Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi

 

Ryder Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Toilets
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

36 Sovereign Boulevard
Kaiapoi

Scott Garden Reserve

The Scott Rose Garden is located in Trousselot Park. Scott-Rose-Garden

Facilities
  • Picnic friendly
  • Attractive Wedding Site
  • Garden Park
  • Pathway/Cycleway
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

29 Charles Street, Kaiapoi

 

Sequoia Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

32 Aspen Street
Rangiora

Silverstream Reserve

Silverstream Reserve is located in a rural setting near the settlement of Clarkville, 4 kilometres from the boundary of Christchurch City and 7 kilometres to the south-west of the township of Kaiapoi.Silverstream-Reserve

The Reserve is split into two similar-sized areas, east and west, and is characterised by large pastoral landscapes and the clear, spring-fed Silverstream that meanders through the landscape. 

Silverstream is known for fishing and is significant to local Maori for mahinga kai (food gathering and its associated cultural values).

Prior to the early 1900s this area was within the Waimakariri River floodplain. Natural and human-induced changes altered the course of a tributary to the Kaiapoi River that became known as Silverstream.  This led to the land being developed for farming and settlement.  A fish hatchery and game farm were developed on Crown-owned reserve land adjacent to the stream and this continues today.

Community initiatives, in partnership with staff from the Council’s Community Green Space Unit, have encouraged the re-establishment of indigenous vegetation throughout the reserve.

It is anticipated the Eastern Reserve walkway, from the established car park on South Eyre Road, just west of the Mabers Road intersection, will be open to the public in the near future. This will allow walkers to follow up to 3 kilometres of track around the reserve, to enjoy the tranquil environment, enhanced flora and fauna and sparkling clear stream. This walkway also provides keen fishing people with direct stream access to a long-time favourite spot.

An off-road car park is located on South Eyre Road, 1.5 kilometres from the Tram Road turn-off. This provides for easy access into Silverstream East Reserve.

Dog status

On a leash

Park Address

East - 85 & 155 South Eyre Road, Eyrewell; West - 431 Heywards Road, Clarkville

Skevington Park

Skevington Park is a small, flat reserve with a right-of-way on its west side, a developed section to the east and Gladstone Road to the north. Most of the nearby houses open out to the reserve.Skevington-Park

 Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

On a leash

Park Address

51 Gladstone Road, Woodend

Southbrook Park

Southbrook Park came into existence when the Southbrook Sports Club Inc. bought land from the Griffin family in 1946. The Council's initial purchase of land was in 1995 and 1996. In 1999 the Southbrook-ParkCouncil purchased the Sports Club's land to make a total area of approximately 11.2 hectares.

The second clubhouse on the grounds was originally the Town and Country Club premises on the corner of West Belt and Johns Road. When that club closed the building was dismantled and shifted to Southbrook Park by the rugby and cricket clubs, and erected in 1997.

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Sportsfield
  • Toilets
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

117 and 129 South Belt, Rangiora

Park map (pdf, 47.6 KB)

Southbrook Park car park

The Council is upgrading the car park and accessway at Southbrook Park. The work started on Monday 20 October and should be completed by Wednesday 23 December. During this period the accessway will be closed to the general public. Limited access will be provided for sport and recreation events. These groups are advised to contact their Southbrook Park representative if access is required at any other times.

For any further enquiries please contact Dan Lewis, phone 03 311 8900 or email dan.lewis@wmk.govt.nz.

Stewart Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

19a Pounamu Place
Pegasus

Swannanoa Domain

Swannanoa Domain was established after the Burgins, the first family to settle in Swannanoa, donated the land for the domain and the hall. The domain was used frequently for cricket and football over Swannanoa-Domainthe years up until the development of the school grounds and the Mandeville Sports Grounds.

The small pavilion housed the Swannanoa Cricket Club and was relocated to the domain from the Mandeville Racecourse, where it was the commentary box.

The Swannanoa Fair is held at the domain in March each year.

Facilities
  • Sportsfield
  • Toilets
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

1310 Tram Road, Swannanoa

Taranaki Reserve

FacilitiesTaranaki-Reserve-260x170

Natural

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

24, 30, 36 Waikuku Beach Road, Waikuku

Te Tai O Maha Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

9 Rapaki Street
Pegasus

Tirikatene Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

35 Silverstream Boulevard
Pegasus

The Oaks Reserve

TheOaksReserveKaikanui Stream can be accessed at The Oaks Reserve in south-east Kaiaopi, where an esplanade walkway runs for 1.3 kilometres through to NCF Park and the south bank of the lower Kaiapoi River. A return to the centre of Kaiapoi can be made along the riverbank, of if walking in reverse direction, via Courtenay Downs walkway which runs beside the railway line from The Oaks Reserve.

Attractions along this walk include the old railway bridge crossing Kaikanui Stream, and Courtenay Lake at NCF Park.

Facilities
  • Recreation and ecological linkage 
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

18 The Oaks, Kaiapoi

Tom Ayers Park

Taranaki-Reserve-260x170Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Pathway
  • Cycleway
Dog status

On a leash 

Park address

1 Tom Ayers Drive, Kaiapoi

Torlesse Park

This small reserve is flat and well fenced from its neighbours, with a low post and chain fence separating it from busy Johns Street. The Council purchased this par in 1971, when the land was subdivided for housing.

A special feature of Torlesse Park is a plaque set in concrete commemorating Rangiora's first settler. It reads: 'Canterbury Centenary 1850-1950. This is the site of the first house in Rangiora erected by C. O. Torlesse.' The plaque was originally near the round-about at Johns Road and King Street corner, but was moved when Johns Road was extended to Percival Street and the reserve was created.

This park is often called 'Castle Park' by locals, because of the wooden fort structure it contains.

Facilities
  • Playground
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

19 Johns Road, Rangiora

Trousselot Park

The Trousselot Park Recreation Precinct occupies a site near the Kaiapoi River and was developed in 2014. It features a skate park, half basketball court, young children's play area, youth play area, plaza area with seating and a toilet block. TrousselotPark

 

Facilities 
  • Playground
  • Picnic friendly
  • Attractive wedding site
  • Garden park
  • Skate park
  • Basketball half court
  • Toilet
Dog status

On a leash 

Park address

33 Charles Street, Kaiapoi

Tūhaitara Coastal Park

Tūhaitara Coastal Park covers approximately 700 hectares of land along the coastline from the Waimakariri River mouth to the settlement of Waikuku Beach. Stretching along the coast for 10.5 kilometres, it comprises many natural features of local, regional and national importance. It is under the management of the Te Kohaka o Tūhaitara Trust.

The Tūhaitara Coastal Park is a special environment that offers ecological, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for all who visit.

Tūhaitara Coastal Park can be accessed from Kairaki, The Pines Beach, Woodend Beach, Pegasus Town and Waikuku Beach. There is car parking at all of the beaches and access to the walking and cycling trails. Horse access to the park trails and the beaches is from Reid Memorial Ave at The Pines Beach, Ferry road at Woodend Beach or Kiwi Avenue at Waikuku Beach.

More information and a map can be found on the Te Kohaka o Tūhaitara Trust website.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is an attractive garden park located close to the town centre.  As such it is a significant multi-purpose informal recreation venue for Rangiora residents and visitors to the town, catering for children’s play, central business district workers eating their lunches, VictoriaPark family and community group picnics, community events, concerts and weddings.

Perimeter hedging provides shelter and enclosure while formal rose and perennial gardens add to the park’s attractiveness.

Pleasant seating areas are provided under the canopy of large trees, many of which are commemorative trees.  Some of these trees, such as the large Sequoia located on the northern boundary, are a spectacular sight when hosting clusters of Monarch butterflies.

The playground area which caters for toddlers and primary school aged children attracts users from all over the District.

The park was initially developed in 1902 and many of the original historic features that make the park special, such as the historic gates and band rotunda, still exist today. The park has been the gathering place for residents on significant occasions - the Proclamation of Elizabeth as our Queen in 1952, and visits by Governors-General being among them.

Facilities - Public Gardens
  • Toilets
  • Pathway
  • Cycleway
  • Playground
  • Picnic friendly
  • Attract Wedding site
  • Garden park
Dog status

Prohibited

Park address

Crn Percival and Queen Streets, Rangiora

View Hill Domain

View Hill Domain is home to the View Hill Pony Club. The club uses the open grassed area and associated facilities for rider training and club rally activities such as jumping and dressage. 

ViewHillDomain

 

Facilities
  • Playgrounds
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Electric BBQ

 

Dog status

Voice cintrol 

Park address

1601B Woodstock Road, Oxford

 

 

Waitaki Reserve

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

1 Te Kohanga Drive
Pegasus

Waikuku Beach - Ashley River

Facilities
  • ToiletsAshleyRiverestuary26beachdune
  • Playground
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

146 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach

Waikuku Beach - Central Oval

 

FacilitiesWaikukuCentralOval
  • Toilets
  • Playground
  • Picnic friendly
  • Electric BBQ
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

On a leash 

Park address

1 Bridge Street, Waikuku Beach

Waikuku Beach - North Oval

Facilities
  • Playground
  • Picnic friendly
  • Drone-friendlyWaikukuNorthOval
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

90 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach

Waikuku Beach - South Oval

Facilities
  • Picnic friendly WaikukuSouthOval
  • Skate park
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

12 Domain Terrace, Waikuku Beach

Waikuku Beach Coastal Reserve

FacilitiesWaikukubeachcoastal
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly

 

Dog status

Voice contriol

Park address

146 & 40 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach; 135 & 141 Kaiapoi Pa Road, Waikuku

Wanaka Reserve

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Playground
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

11 Eyrewell Road, Pegasus Town

Warren Community Reserve

Facilities
  • Playground                   Warren Community Reserve
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly
  • Community building
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

3472 South Eyre Road, Eyrewell

Ward Park

Ward Park is a triangular reserve with a stream boundary at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. A bridge at the south end links the reserve up with Fraser Place.

The open, bare reserve is softened by the contours of the stream, established trees and the generally open and planted nature of neighbouring properties. Northbrook Stream runs along the south-west side. A second spring-fed stream from Church Street and crossing Fraser Place joins the Northbrook.

The Council acquired Ward Park in 1968 through reserve contribution. It is named after Ron Ward, Town Clerk of the Borough 1956-1972.

Dog status

Voice control

Address

7 Ward Place, Rangiora


West Eyreton Domain

Facilities

 Playground WestEyretonDomain

Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

1629 North Eyre Road, West Eyreton

West Oxford Reserve

Facilities
  • Picnic friendly
  • Drone-friendlyWestOxfordReserve
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

1166 Depot Road, Oxford

 

Whites Road Reserve

Whites Road Reserve is a former gravel extraction site located in a predominantly rural area. It lies 3.5 kilometres south of Ohoka village at the intersection of Whites Road and Tram Road. WhitesRoadReserve

Interest in developing the area came from a group of local residents, who started planting native trees and shrubs around the water filled basin to enhance the site as a public reserve. The Whites Road Advisory Group achieved formal protection for the reserve when the Council classified the area as the Whites Road Recreation Reserve.

Improvements include an easy and pleasant 1 kilometre walk around the now well established lake. The walk passes through native trees and shrubs, which frame the lake and form a buffer between the reserve and surrounding roads. Seating has been installed at key viewing points to allow people to pause and enjoy the views and birdlife.

Whites Road Reserve is an attractive place to picnic alongside the water or stop off for some quiet contemplation.

A small off-road car park is available and dogs must be kept under control at all times.

Facilites
  • Picnic friendly
  • Pathway
  • Cycleway 
Dog status

Voice control 

Park address

131 Whites  Road, Ohoka

 
 

 

Wylie Park

Wylie-Park
Facilities
  • Sportsfield
  • Drone-friendly
Dog status

Voice control

Park address

1 Sidey Quay, Kaiapoi

Park map (pdf, 46.5 KB)

Woodend Beach Coastal Reserve

Facilities

RecreationalWoodendBeachCoastalReserve

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

2,3 & 5 Woodend Beach Road, Woodend

Woodend Beach Domain

Facilities
  • PlaygroundWoodendBeachDomain
  • Toilets
  • Picnic friendly

 

Dog status

Voice control

Park address

5 Woodend Beach Road,