Notices and events

Baynons Brake stopbank work starting 22 Jan 2018
Sections of the stopbank at Baynons Brake are being upgraded, with work starting from 22 Jan 2018 and expected to continue for approximately one month. The horse trail will still be open but please follow detours and keep out of worksites. No trucks or machinery will be working during weekends.
Riverbed, berms and forest area access between Weedons Ross Road and Thompsons Road
Weedons Forest in the Waimakariri River Regional Park is open, however please use caution around vehicle routes and respect the caution signage and barriers posted around the area. Heavy construction vehicles may be present at anytime, and extreme caution is advised at all times. The project is due for completion by end of April 2018. Follow our Facebook page for any updates and for further information, call the Duty Ranger on 03 353 9007.

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.

For other park information please like our Facebook page.

 Upcoming events

Coming events~~

Church in the Park - Mcleans Forest

What: Grace Vineyard Church holds its Church in the Park event on at Mcleans Forest. The popular family event starts at 10am and is open to the public, with carols, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, ice blocks and more.

When: Sunday 10 December, or Sunday 17 December wet weather contingency

For more information see the Grace Vineyard Church website.

Bridge to Bridge South Bank – South Bank of the Waimakariri River

What: The Bridge to Bridge event offers three mountain bike rides: 58km, 30km or 12km; and three runs: 5km, 10.5km or a half marathon 21km.
When: Sunday 3 December 2017
For more information, check out the Bridge to Bridge event Facebook page.

Organising an event in a Regional Park

It is your responsibility to plan and organise the event but our staff can 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, motor sport 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 less 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.

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

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.

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

Liquor Licence – Selling or permitting alcohol at your event? If so, special liquor licences 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. This would normally be a minimum of $1,000,000. Often a sponsor will provide this coverage as an extension to 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?

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 here