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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
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.
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).
If you would like more information on booking one of our reserves, please read the conditions and requirements on the Reserves booking form (pdf, 2.8 MB). For further details, or to make a booking, please contact Council's Customer Services on 03 311 8900.
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. You can find out more in this factsheet
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 or download the application form
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:
Read the Flying Remotely Controlled Aircraft (Drones) on Council Parks Policy.
65 Acacia Avenue Reserve
Park site layout
Allen Reserve is a medium-sized reserve running between two cul-de-sacs.
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.
15 Lowe Place, Rangiora
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. There are five garden beds mainly planted with natives, and two mature pine trees in the centre of the reserve.
30 Allin Drive, Waikuku Beach
1 Aintree Place, Rangiora
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.
Voice control (Dogs prohibited on playing fields during times of sports competition and training)
287B Kingsbury Avenue, Rangiora
Park map (pdf, 54.2 KB)
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.
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.
709 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford
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 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.
2 Millton Avenue, Rangiora (adjacent to Ashley River road bridge)
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.
10 Audley Street, Kaiapoi
15 Aldersgate Street and 17A Otaki Street, Kaiapoi
Bridget Lane Reserve is an attractive green accessway between cul-de-sacs.
Recreation and Ecological linkage
On a leash
13A Bridget Lane, Rangiora
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.
29 Bush Street, Rangiora
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 vision into and out of it from all sides.
43 Canterbury Street, Ashley
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 offers attractive views of the foothills and Mt Oxford to the north and the Torlesse Range to the north-west.
Crn Church and Burnett Streets, Oxford.
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 currently under redevelopment.
Recreation and Ecological
71-131B Charles Street, Kaiapoi
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
Cnr Feldwick Drive and Ellen Place, Kaiapoi
9 Mill Road, Cust
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.
111A-111D Mill Road, Cust
Crn Mill and Cust Roads, Cust
11 Cass Street, Kaiapoi
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 the Park Street entrance after the jubilee celebrations. There are two plaques on the gates:
Dudley Park is the main centre of netball in North Canterbury, and boasts a swimming pool and squash courts.
45 Church Street, Rangiora (43 Church Street for Netball Courts)
Park map (pdf, 44.0 KB)
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.
Recreation & Ecological Linkage
91 Dunns Avenue, Pines Beach
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 Blackett 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.
Cnr White and Blackett Streets, Rangiora
Recreation & Ecological linkage
1A Featherstone Avenue, Kaiapoi
4 Woodend Beach Road, Ferry Road, Woodend Beach
221 Mountain Road, Okuku - access is 4WD only
52 Fuller Street, Kaiapoi
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.
Ohoka Road/Robert Coup Road/Fairweather Crescent/ William Street, Kaiapoi
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 a 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.
29-37 Good Street, Rangiora
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 and 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.
11 Grange View Crescent, Woodend
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 the neighbouring properties from the reserve.
49A Gray Crescent/19 Blackwell Crescent, Kaiapoi
Green Street Walkway is an attractive 'green belt' walkway link.
87 Charles Street, runs between Charles Street and South Belt, Rangiora
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.
85 Durham Street, Rangiora
52 Fairweather Cresent and 13 Belcher Street, Kaiapoi
11-13 Mill Road, Cust
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.
12A Janelle Place, Rangiora
10 Ranfurly Street, Kaiapoi
A community food forest has been established in Kaiapoi – the first of its kind in the Waimakariri district.
Intended to be a place that represents an open-park like feel, the plants and trees will be a source of food available to everyone visiting.
Our community are leading this project, with a committed group of trustees and generous support from local community organisations, businesses and residents.
Click button to learn more.
Kaiapoi Lakes is a 25 hectare native reserve of district significance located at the northern end of Kaiapoi, 2 kilometres from the town centre.
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.
470,471 and 511 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
90 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
70 Featherstone Ave, Kairaki
In memory of Karen Eastwood, the playground and park area at the end of Matamata Quay, Pegasus was named the Karen Eastwood Park in 2017. Karen was an active member of the Pegasus community, most notably as an elected representative, serving as chairperson of the Woodend-Ashley Community Board, and then as a member of the Woodend-Sefton Board. This park boasts a destination playground complete with two towers, two large slides and a giant spiral slide along with a younger children’s play fort. Along with many other features in this playground, the swings and the rope net climber are all time the favourites.
End of Matamata Quay Pegasus
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 park, 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.
Island Road, Kaiapoi
Park map (pdf, 42.8 KB)
Kiln Place Reserve is a small rectangular reserve with a curving path running through the eastern side and out to Williams Street.
13 Kiln Place, Kaiapoi
154 Loburn Whiterock Road, Loburn
Park map (pdf, 50.4 KB)
The Mandeville Domain is leased from the Waimakariri District Council by the Mandeville Sports Club (MSC) who oversee the management of the 80ha reserve. The reserve is home to the following clubs; Aim Tru Archers, Canterbury Rodeo Association, Eyreton Pony Club, Christchurch Western Riding Association, Mandeville Bowling Club, Mandeville Squash Club, North Canterbury Kennel Club, Ohoka Cricket Club, Ohoka Netball Club, Ohoka Rugby Club, Ohoka Tennis Club, Waimak Dog Training Club, and the Waimak Kennel Club.
431 Mandeville Road, Mandeville North
Website: www.mandevillesports.co.nzEmail: email@example.com
Recreation and linkage
38 Rickton Place, Rangiora
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 the Torlesse Range to the north-west.
7B Matai Place, Oxford
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.
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.
30 King Street, Rangiora
Community neighbourhood park.
On a Leash
81 Allison Crescent, Kaiapoi
90A Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
Park map (pdf, 43.6 KB)
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.
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.
28 Kingsbury Avenue, Rangiora
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 the 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.
8C Newnham Street, Rangiora
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 treats 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.
Cnr Northbrook Road and Cotter Lane
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 reserve and road frontages, creates a 'village green' atmosphere.
Cnr Woodglen Drive and Hewitts Road, Woodend
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.
11 Strachan Place, Rangiora
35 Oakwood Drive, Rangiora
493C Mill Road, Ohoka
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.
Runs between Bradleys Road and Keetly Place, Ohoka
19 Main North Road (SH 1), Woodend
32 Main Street, Oxford
38 Panckhurst Drive/28 Parkinson Place, Woodend
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 Games.
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.
26B Parkhouse Drive, Rangiora
56 Main Street/7 Burnett Street, Oxford
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 in 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.
5 Collins Drive/14 Ensors Place, Waikuku Beach
2 Lees Road, 366B Ferry Road, 2 & 1B Beach Road, Kaiapoi; 71 Batten Grove, The Pines Beach; 50B Featherstone Ave, Kairaki
24 Dunns Avenue, The Pines Beach
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 attractive 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.
26 Regent Avenue/57 Kensington Avenue, Rangiora
Rickton Place Drainage Reserve is an attractive 'green belt' type walkway link.
28 Rickton Place, Rangiora
Recreational & Ecological
1A Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi
36 Sovereign Boulevard
The Scott Rose Garden is located in Trousselot Park.
29 Charles Street, Kaiapoi
32 Aspen Street
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.
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.
East - 85 & 155 South Eyre Road, Eyrewell; West - 431 Heywards Road, Clarkville
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.
51 Gladstone Road, Woodend
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 Council 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.
Prohibited all areas (Voice control at adjacent Southbrook Dog Park)
117 and 129 South Belt, Rangiora
Park map (pdf, 47.6 KB)
19a Pounamu Place
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 the 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.
1310 Tram Road, Swannanoa
24, 30, 36 Waikuku Beach Road, Waikuku
9 Rapaki Street
Kaikanui 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.
18 The Oaks, Kaiapoi
35 Silverstream Boulevard Kaiapoi
On a leash
1 Tom Ayers Drive, Kaiapoi
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.
19 Johns Road, Rangiora
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.
33 Charles Street, Kaiapoi
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 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, 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.
Crn Percival and Queen Streets, Rangiora
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.
1601B Woodstock Road, Oxford
146 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach
1 Bridge Street, Waikuku Beach
90 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach
12 Domain Terrace, Waikuku Beach
146 & 40 Park Terrace, Waikuku Beach; 135 & 141 Kaiapoi Pa Road, Waikuku
1 Te Kohanga Drive
11 Eyrewell Road, Pegasus Town
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.
7 Ward Place, Rangiora
3472 South Eyre Road, Eyrewell
1629 North Eyre Road, West Eyreton
1166 Depot Road, Oxford
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.
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.
131 Whites Road, Ohoka
2,3 & 5 Woodend Beach Road, Woodend
5 Woodend Beach Road,
1 Sidey Quay, Kaiapoi
Park map (pdf, 46.5 KB)