Parks & Trails

I think that everyone probably has their favorite parks and, most likely, it is the one nearest them! It’s great to live in the “Garden City” and have such great access to the various parks and playgrounds around the city.

At some point I might list more information on specific parks, but here is info to get you started…


Information on trails

The Port Hills and it’s trails, go here.

And for walking/biking along the river, go here.


2 of our favorite parks for bringing people to are

Victoria Park

Basic info: “Situated on the ridges and valleys descending from Sugarloaf, Victoria Park has panoramic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Pegasus Bay and the Southern Alps. The park has a vast array of tracks for walking, wheelchair and mountain bikes. Victoria Park is a great place for families with picnic and play areas and a dog park.”

Gates open at 7.30am.

Gates close:

  • December–February: 9pm
  • March–May: 7pm
  • June–August: 6pm
  • September–November: 8pm


Hagley Park

Basic info: “Located in the central city, Hagley Park is formed of North and South Hagley Park, separated by Riccarton Avenue. Visitors can enter anywhere around the perimeter of the park.

Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s and is today the most significant central city park. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre.”

Looking for a map of the park? Go here.


Do you have a favorite park or trail in Christchurch that you’d like to share? Send an email (christchurchmums AT gmail DOT com) with the info! Thanks!