Explore Canterbury's outdoors during Parks Week 2021

Get ready to explore nature's playground as we celebrate the great outdoors during Parks Week.

Every year, hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand celebrate Parks Week and the vital role these spaces play in creating livable cities and thriving communities.

This year, the event is taking place between 6-14 March.

Your regional parks

Park rangers with plants

Park rangers maintain native plantings

We look after three parks in the region (Ashley Rakahuri, Waimakariri and Lake Tekapo Regional Parks,) and patrol along Northern Pegasus Bay.

Team leader parks and forests James Page said these spaces are meant for everyone to enjoy and take ownership of.

"Parks Week is a great opportunity to get out and see what your regional parks have to offer. Our park rangers are very passionate about these spaces and are always happy to have a chat about local biodiversity or give advice on great spots to explore."

"There really is something for everyone, whether you want to walk, swim, boat, fish, get on a mountain bike or dirt bike, birdwatch or ride your horse," Page said.

Mounted Rogaine and Games

This year, the parks team has organised a Mounted Rogaine and Games event in the West Melton Forest to celebrate Parks Week.

Anyone can bring their horse and will be given a map to plan their route and navigate between checkpoints to complete a long or short course. Afterwards there will be spot prizes, games, and BBQ with the park rangers.

dog sitting

A new dog park is coming to The Willows

New dog park coming soon to The Willows

An event was planned to be held for the opening of a new dog park in The Willows area of the Waimakariri River Regional Park on 7 March to celebrate Parks Week, but unfortunately this has been postponed due to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions still being in place too close to the event.

Page said once it’s safe to do so, a new date will be announced, and more information will be available about the new dog park.

"We are creating a great place for dogs and their owners to explore and exercise amongst 4.3 hectares of established trees and open spaces, and there will also be agility equipment for the dogs to enjoy."

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