Parks, Playgrounds and Sports Fields

We are lucky to have a great variety of open spaces in Canterbury for recreation. Why not pack a picnic or some sports gear or bikes and spend an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors!

Why not spice things up by visiting a different playground or park each week...

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Greater Christchurch and surrounding districts

Agents of Discovery is a FREE educational games app from the Christchurch City Council that uses augmented reality to interact with the world around you. Use a smart phone to solve fun challenges while exploring Christchurch's awesome parks. There are new missions every season!

Construction to begin on Townsend Playground

Waimakariri District Council media release: 30th November 2023

Work will begin this month on construction of a new playground at Townsend Road Reserve in Rangiora.

The works will take place between now and January 2024 and include:

  • Earthworks and surface preparation;
  • Construction of footpaths and concrete areas;
  • Installation of the playground equipment; and
  • Installation of street furniture and fence.

Entry/ exit points for construction vehicles into the site will be designed to limit the impact on traffic and take into account children playing and riding bikes on the street. Neighbours of the Reserve should expect some construction noise.

Access to the reserve will be restricted during construction.

The playground is expected to open in February 2024 and will include a small BMX/pump track, large open slide, smaller slide for younger children, swing set and separate nest swing, spinner, rockers, nature play area, flying fox and a formalised cycle / scooter loop path around the play space.

Accessible playground open in Halswell Domain

Fully accessible playground at the Halswell Domain.Child and Youth Friendly Christchurch/ Ōtautahi has been working on the development of an accessible playground for several years.

Halswell Domain was chosen for this project because it has accessible toilets. The playground has a swing and a roundabout that are suitable for wheelchair users, as well as accessible bongo drums and a play shop panel. The flooring is also accessible to allow good wheelchair access.

The project was made possible through the support of the Christchurch City Council (CCC) Parks and Recreation team plus funding from The Rātā Foundation, CCC Metropolitan Fund and Halswell Community Board.