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Parks and recreation

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.


Greater Wellington Summer events are back!

Enjoy splendid festivals, guided forest walks, snorkeling, mountain biking, movies at the park, farm day and more. Find the event that suits you and take your whānau and friends for an unforgettable adventure.

Explore our summer events >


We are currently at Alert Level 1. In order to recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to:

If you have any questions for us, please call 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

Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan

The Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan is a combined plan for eight of Wellington’s regional parks and forests. Parks and forests included in the plan are Battle Hill, Belmont, East Harbour (including Baring Head and Parangarahu Lakes), Queen Elizabeth, Akatarawa and Pakuratahi and Kaitoke. A new draft plan has been developed and public feedback is welcomed. You can review the draft Plan and have your say on it now.

Things to do

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.