Notices and events


Kaiapoi flood protection | McIntoshs bend rock works

Works to reduce flood risk to the Kaiapoi township are planned from December 2020 to July 2021.

The Waimakariri and Kaiapoi River stopbanks are part of the Waimakariri-Eyre-Cust flood protection system. We will be strengthening the riverbank rock lining and placing stopbank rock armouring along the riverbank. We will also carry out improvements to the Ferry Road carpark, riverbank access tracks, and wetlands.

These upgrades will be carried out by Environment Canterbury, with funding support from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Provincial Development Unit (PDU).

Find out more about Kaiapoi flood protection works at McIntoshs bend (PDF File, 368.46KB).


Upcoming events~~
17 April 2021 | Ōtaukaikino to Waimakariri River Loop | Walking Festival

As part of the 2021 Walking Festival, join park rangers for this is a unique 21km adventure right on Christchurch's northern edge.

More information can be found on the Christchurch City Council website.

17 April 2021 | Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park | Walking Festival

As part of the Walking Festival 2021, the Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park and estuary will be the location of a self-guided walk where you can explore and learn about this ecological hotspot, which provides a habitat for a wide range of bird and whitebait spawning. You’ll be able to wander along the tracks and dunes at your own pace, and our knowledgeable park rangers will also be available to talk with throughout the area.

This is a spectacular environment, and you can pack a picnic to enjoy along the way or visit Waikuku playground.

This event is being held between 10am – 2pm, and the walk starts at Waikuku Beach at the end of Kings Avenue where there will be signs indicating where the track begins.

Find out more about the Walking Festival.

19 & 20 June 2021 | Waimakariri River Regional Park, North | Bridge to Bridge ‘North’ Festival

A new addition to the event on Saturday 19 June has four running races: 60km, 30km, 15km and 5km.

On Sunday 20 June there will be three mountain bike races: 60km, 30km and 15km.

Find out more on the Bridge to Bridge website.

Event information

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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.

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.

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 $2,000,000. 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