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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: 25 March 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 be wanting to get some fresh air, but we ask that if you want to walk or bike in the regional parks that you only do so in those close to your home and with the people in your household.

We will review this situation when the alert level changes.

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

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.