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Parks and recreation

Parks and recreation

There are more than 50,000 hectares of parks in Wellington Region just waiting for you to explore.

If your idea of beauty is a remote beach, or a windswept bluff with a lighthouse, you’ll find that. How about lush native bush or wetlands teeming with wildlife? You’ll find that too. There are rivers and ranges, farmland and forests, seabeds and sand dunes, and even film sets.


 COVID-19 update

Date: 14 May 2020

At Alert Level 2, we still need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading to our staff and visitors. We are re-opening most of our park facilities, including toilets and BBQs, with appropriate cleaning and physical distancing measures in place.

There are no longer restrictions on camping, motorised recreation, hunting, or other recreational activities such as horse riding. However, recreational activities are only permitted to groups of 10 people or less.

For recreational groups, it is important for you to keep contact tracing records of any activity in Alert Level 2.

To minimise the spread of COVID-19

  • Keep to small groups of 10 people or less, and keep track of who you have seen.
  • Avoid our worksites – use another open area
  • Avoid narrow tracks
  • Maintain 2m distance from people you don’t know - carefully step aside or slow down to allow separation
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are awaiting test results, stay home.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Do not pat other people’s pets.
  • Be respectful of other peoples space

Play it safe – we can resume many of our everyday activities, but we must do so carefully in order to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.

If you have any questions for us, please phone 0800 496 734.

More information on COVID-19

NZ Government COVID-19 website

Ministry of Health information and advice

Ministry of Health: 0800 358 5453

Things to do

When we are able to venture beyond our homes again you could...

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Find a park that suits you 

Each of the region’s parks offers something special, with different things to do and environments.