Notices and events


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.

Maintenance and cleaning will be limited in the parks during Level 2, and tracks will not be maintained. Please be cautious, and continue to only carry out low-risk activities so you do not require rescue or medical care.

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

These areas of your Regional Parks remain closed due to recent flooding in the Waimakariri River Regional Park:

  • Whites Crossing
  • Te Rauakaaka


Upcoming events~~
3 & 4 November 2021 | McLeans Forest, Waimakariri River Regional Park | Huxster mountain bike relay
22 November 2021 | Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park | Rakahuri Bike Blast

A mountain bike event for North Canterbury primary school children in years 5/6 and 7/8.

Visit the event Facebook page

27 November 2021 | McLeans Forest, Waimakariri River Regional Park | Hunter Civil Mountain Bike Relay Event
A mountain bike relay event held over six hours. You can enter as a team or as a solo rider. Find out more about the event.
4 December 2021 | Lake Tekapo Regional Park | Tekapo10 mountain bike relay race

Teams will complete as many laps of the 7km course as possible between 10am – 8pm. Maximum team size is five with a solo option available.

Visit the event Facebook page.

5 December 2021 | Waimakariri River Regional Park | Bridge to Bridge 'South'

Multiple mountain bikes races for riders of all abilities in the Waimakariri River Regional Park.

For more information visit the Bridge to Bridge website

11 December 2021 | Lake Tekapo Regional Park | Race Tekapo

Located in the heart of Tekapo, you can indulge in stunning lake and mountain views while competing in one of the multiple running race options available.

For more information, head to the Race Tekapo website

Event information

For other park information please like our Facebook page.

Organising an event in a regional park

You'll need to plan and organise an event yourself but our park rangers and staff can provide the information and advice you'll need to make it successful.

It is your responsibility to plan and organise the event, but our team is happy to provide information and advice. You will need to secure the area, supply your own venue (such as a marquee or stage), comply with Environment Canterbury conditions, and any Territorial Local Authority regulations, to create a safe environment for participants.

Major and minor events

Please note major events require between 6–12 months notice.

Major events can be anything from commercial events, motorsport to large mountain bike, kayak or dog races. These events are categorised as major as they impact other recreational users within the park due to road/park closures.

Minor events have fewer participants, such as group picnics or not for profit fundraisers.

Please review this checklist of things to consider before getting in touch with the Park Rangers.

Booking the area is your first step. Contact us and ask for the Regional Park Ranger in the events team. We can hold a date for 14 days. After this, if no application form has been received, the date will be cleared.

There is a $74.74 booking fee for all events. All commercial/corporate events additional fees apply.

Booking an event online

You can use our online booking form to book your event.

Contact us

Environment Canterbury wants you to have a successful event and we are happy to provide advice. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Ranger on 03 353 9007 or by email at

Event checklist

A checklist of things to consider

Traffic management plan – If any part of your activity uses public roads, you will be required to submit a traffic management plan. You’ll need to check requirements with the relevant city or district council and the Environment Canterbury Parks team.

Noise consent – Live or amplified music may require noise consent from the relevant city or district council.

Liquor licence – If you intend to sell or permit alcohol at your event and special liquor licenses may be required. They can be obtained from the relevant city or district council, who can provide you with guidelines for host responsibility.

Public liability insurance – You will be required to obtain public liability insurance for your event, at a minimum of $2,000,000.00. Often a sponsor will provide this coverage as an extension of their existing insurance policy.

Neighbours – Do they know what’s going on? Have you invited them? Please don’t hesitate to ask the Parks team if you are unsure whether this is an issue.

Food – Who is providing this service? Do they have current licences?

Security – Do you need a police presence? Are you providing private security staff? If so, security staff must be registered.

Parking – Will you need additional parking?

Signage – Event signage may be permitted.

Building consents – You may need building consent for marquees over 50sqm, stage, fencing, temporary structures, sound towers. This can be obtained from the relevant city or district council.

Power access – McLeans Forest Oval is the only space that has existing power access.

Toilet facilities – How many will you need, and will you require disabled access? Current Regional Park toilet facilities include, Waimakariri Regional Park (McLeans Forest, West Melton Forest, Kaiapoi Island, Ta Rauakaaka, The Willows, and McIntoshes has a portaloo in summer only) and Lake Tekapo Regional Park.

Rubbish and recycling – Who is cleaning up afterwards?

Health and safety – Every event organiser must be aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015.

Environment Canterbury wants you to have a successful event and we are happy to provide advice.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the Ranger on 03 353 9007 or by email at

You can print off this handy checklist