Notices and events

Weed control (yellow flag iris) | Kaiapoi River

8 November 2021

We are planning targeted weed control of yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus L.) on the lower Kaiapoi River berms starting Monday 8 November.

The planned dates of operation are:

  • First control application operation: Monday 8 November to Thursday 11 November.
  • Second application operation: Monday 13 to Friday 17 December.

This work is part of our Berm Transition Project which aims to increase the value, resilience, and function of the berms. It one of six projects in our Climate Resilience Programme of Flood Risk Management Projects.

NIWA recommends the best way to control yellow flag iris is with a strategic mixture of the aquatic herbicide metsulfuron-methyl (EPA approval code: HSR000242) and glyphosate. We will be operating under Environment Canterbury’s Resource Consent CRC981580 for glyphosate per consent conditions and the EPA approval for metsulfuron. Spraying will be hand-held using a knapsack, there will be no spraying over water.

We will be erecting precautionary signage to restrict public use of the water that states:

Within 100m of the application area: do not swim, do not gather food from the waterway (including fish); and do not take water for consumption.

The signs will be erected on the day of the operation, prior to commencement of spraying, and remain in place for five days after application. 

Tree felling | Waimakariri River Regional Park.

9 December 2021

We will be salvaging windthrown trees on the north bank of the Waimakariri River Regional Park, between Diversion Road and Downs Road.

Work will start mid-December and continue for around two months.

There will be some closures on Harrs Road and the surrounding park area. The orange shaded area on the map will be closed during the weekdays, this includes Dixons Bay.

There will be signs stating the closures, and physical fences will be established when tree processing and felling is within 50 meters of the road. We ask that park users please respect the signage and fences.

Restricted entry and closure areas on the north bank of Waimakariri River Regional Park.

Restricted entry and closure areas on the north bank of Waimakariri River Regional Park.

Regional Parks during Alert Level 2


Regional Parks during the orange traffic light

During the orange traffic light, 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 the orange traffic light can be found on the Government's Covid website

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

  • Te Ruakaakaa
  • Whites Crossing


Upcoming events~~
22 January 2022 | Waimakariri River | Dick Farrant Charity Ride Day

Jet boat rides for special needs groups and their careers.

Postponement date 29 January 2022.

For more information visit the Jet Boat NZ website.

12 February 2022 | Waimakariri River | Coast to Coast

The race starts on the West Coast, at Kumara Beach and traverses the width of the South Island, finishing on the East Coast at the Pier on New Brighton Beach in Christchurch.

For more information visit the Coast to Coast website.

26 February 2022 | Lilybank Road, Tekapo | Tekapo 10 MTB Relay Race

Teams compete as many laps of the 7km course as possible between 10.00am and 8.00pm. The maximum team size is five and solo race options are available.

Organised by Mackenzie College, Fairlie.

6 March 2022 | Ashley River/ Rakahuri | Rakahuri Rage

This is a community event held on the bike tracks along the Ashley River/ Rakahuri. Teams consisting of 2-4 riders will complete as many laps as possible of the track in the six hours. This is a fundraiser hosted by North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust.

For more information visit the Sports Trust website.

17 September 2022 | 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

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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.

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