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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

Posted 12 August 2020

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. Park ranger offices are closed. For any park-related enquiries, please call 0800 496 734.

There are no restrictions on camping, motorised recreation, hunting, or other recreational activities such as horse riding. Recreational activities are permitted to groups of 100 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

  • Maintain 2m distance from people you don’t know - carefully step aside or slow down to allow separation
  • Avoid our worksites – use another open area
  • Avoid narrow tracks
  • 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 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 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

Parks Network Plan

The Parks Network Plan (PNP) 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.