Parks and recreation
There are more than 33,000 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.
At Alert Level 2, we need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading to our staff and visitors. Our Park facilities remain open, including toilets and BBQs, with appropriate cleaning and physical distancing measures in place.
There are no restrictions on camping, motorised recreation, hunting, or other recreational activities such as horse riding. New permits for hunting, horse riding and motorised recreation are open at level 2.
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
Play it safe – we can maintain 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 call 0800 496 734.
More information on COVID-19
Ministry of Health: 0800 358 5453
The Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan is a combined plan for eight of Wellington’s regional parks. Parks included in the plan are Battle Hill, Belmont, East Harbour (including Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui and Parangarahu Lakes), Queen Elizabeth, Akatarawa and Pakuratahi and Kaitoke.
Need help to "Find your Wild"? See Wellington Regional Trails to find out about trails and what to know before you go.
Each of the region’s parks offers something special, with different things to do and environments.