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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: 3 April 2020

At alert level 4, to limit exposure of COVID-19 to our staff and visitors at our parks we have closed:

  • Gates to vehicles
  • Park ranger offices
  • Park facilities, such as toilets

We recognise that people will want to get some fresh air, but if you want to walk or bike in the regional parks you should only do so close to your home and with people in your household.

To minimise the spread of COVID-19

  • Stay solitary, or with those in your bubble
  • Keep it local and walk or bike from your front door
  • Avoid narrow tracks
  • Maintain 2m distance - carefully step aside or slow down to allow separation
  • Use your own bathroom; most park toilets are closed
  • Keep dogs on leads, 2m away from others and do not pat dogs outside your bubble
  • Avoid touching handrails, park benches, or other common surfaces

Stay safe – this is no time for an accident. No tramping, hunting, climbing or diving. If you are biking or horse-riding, ride well within your limits, slow down and be extra cautious near others.

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...

Need help to "Find your Wild"? See Wellington Regional Trails to find out about trails and what to know before you go.

Find a park that suits you 

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