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Updated 15 May 2019 3:51pm

You'll never know until you go

Get outdoors with our summer events - January to March 2019.

Don’t have a backyard? Come visit ours! We’ve got more than 50,000 hectares of backyard just waiting for you to explore.

Discover our regional parks and forests this summer, so come along and join us at one of our events. Many of our events are being hosted by our park rangers and local experts.

Go to our events calendar or pick up a brochure from your local i-site, library or swimming pool.

Most of our events are free, many you can just turn up. Some events require you to book (B) due to limited spaces, others require you to pay a small charge to cover costs ($).

Contact us via or call 0800 496 734.

Here are some highlights:


 Try something new at our open day. Grab a ‘Parks-port’, collect activity stamps as you go and be in to win some great prizes from Dwights Outdoors. A free bus will loop hourly between Paekakariki Station, Mackays Crossing and Wellington Road entrances between 10am-3pm. Find out more

horse-riding WWII US Marine camp
scavenger hunt native fish
tram rides mountain biking
aero-modellers nature tours



A laid-back family farm day, where kids can jump on hay bales or sit on a tractor. Learn all about sustainable farming techniques and experience a working farm in action. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and sunscreen. Find out more

eel feeding pat farm animals
meeting Riding for the Disabled horses sheep shearing
dog trials coffee cart (no eftpos)


Kev the Kiwi events

Kev the Kiwi is a fun and exciting way to get active in our local parks! In partnership with Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council. Join Kev the Kiwi on a baby-buggy friendly short walk and games session with the kids. Weather permitting -  10.30am-12pm.

10 Jan Kev the Kiwi goes for a buggy walk Wainuiomata Recreation Area
17 Jan Kev the Kiwi goes to Rivendell Kaitoke Regional Park
24 Jan Kev the Kiwi goes to the seaside McEvan Park, Petone

HUHA Paws in the Park events 

Bring your dog and explore the dog-friendly tracks that the Wellington Region has to offer. Bring walking shoes, a picnic lunch, leash and doggy poop bags. All HUHA Paws in the Park walks take place on Sundays between 10am-12pm.

HUHA – Helping You Help Animals is a charity, we invite you to bring along a donation to support their amazing work, especially with dogs.

13 Jan HUHA Paws in the Park Otaihanga Domain, Kāpiti
27 Jan HUHA Paws in the Park Kaitoke Regional Park, Upper Hutt
10 Feb HUHA Paws in the Park Sladden Park, Hutt River Trail
24 Feb HUHA Paws in the Park Tawatawa Reserve, Wellington City

Dog walking is encouraged in our parks and forests in specified areas. Please abide by the particular rules for each park.

Getting to our events

To get to our summer event locations you will most likely need to go by car, some events have shuttles from public transport. Please note at most of our parks, parking is limited, plan to get there early or carpool.


Cancellations will be made on our Facebook page on the day of the event

Terms and conditions for our events.