Regional Parks during Alert Level 2

During Alert Level 2, your Regional Parks remain open for those in the local area to use for recreation. Please continue to keep a two-metre distance from people who are not in your bubble.

Further information about recreational activities that are permitted under Level 2 can be found on the government's covid website(external link)

Due to recent flooding and high winds, restrictions are in place in these areas of the Waimakariri River Regional Park:

  • Te Ruakaakaa
  • Whites Crossing

There is a large hotspot of native bird nesting and breeding activity behind Mcleans Island, please stick to the tracks or avoid the area altogether. Threatened and endangered birds include:

  • wrybill
  • dotterel
  • black fronted terns
  • a very large black-billed gull colony.

Trail bike tracks will be closed in Kaiapoi Island from Monday 6 December to Wednesday 8 December, 7.00am - 6.00pm. Mowing and weed eating will be taking place.

Take advantage of Canterbury’s beauty by exploring our regional parks for walking, swimming, boating, fishing, gamebird hunting, motocross, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding and more.

Environment Canterbury is responsible for three parks across the region and we want you to enjoy these diverse natural landscapes. Our regional parks can be found on the shores of Lake Tekapo and the banks of the Waimakariri and Ashley Rakahuri Rivers.

We’ve developed parts of these parks, lakes and rivers so they're available year round for almost any outdoor pursuit that takes your fancy. Our rangers also patrol the Northern Pegasus Bay beaches and rivers, working to protect the natural environment while providing information and assistance for visitors.

Please check notices and events for the latest information or like our Facebook(external link) page to stay up to date.

We’re passionate about the parks and encourage you to use them to host events.

Visit the parks but please respect the vegetation and wildlife. Remove all rubbish, don’t light fires and keep your dogs under effective control. No chainsaws are permitted in any of our parks but you are welcome to collect dead or fallen wood by hand. 

Together we can restore and protect the mauri (life force) of our region's land and water while maintaining a prosperous land-based economy. Below you can find links to all the resources and information you need to join us on this journey.