Notices and events


Areas of Regional Parks closed

Canterbury floods

The following areas of your regional parks remain closed while our team assess and repair the damage caused as a result of recent flooding:

Waimakariri River Regional Park

  • Baynons Brake
  • Kaiapoi Island
  • Te Rauakaaka
  • Whites Crossing
  • Otukaikino
  • Haul Road to Weedons Ross Road, including the ATV area.

Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park

  • Full Rakahuri Track
  • Full Taranaki Trail
  • Full Tarapiroe Trail.

Please be patient and stay away from these areas while the team work to conduct repairs and assess safety. We will continue to post updates on our Facebook page and on our Flooding updates: Canterbury region page.


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~~


12 June 2021 | Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park | Andrew Reese Memorial Relay
19 and 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.

21 July 2021 | The Willows, Waimakariri River Regional Park | Navigational Rampage

Can you complete the Navigational Rampage course? Explore the walking and cycling tracks at The Willows and gather points along the way by using a mixture of rogaine, orienteering, clues, photos and other navigational techniques within the allocated time to try earn your team the most points!

Wear sturdy footwear, bring a drink bottle and be prepared for all weather conditions.

This event is being run by Selwyn District Council. Visit their Facebook page for updates here.

11 September 2021 | Lake Tekapo Regional Park | Lake Tekapo Running Festival

Details to come.

16 October 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.
3 and 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

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 $65.00 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