Regional Parks Update:
Please note: there are some changes to access to our regional parks. They key points are:
• The strong message from our prime minister is to stay at home.
• We understand that it's important to get out for fresh air and exercise, and the national directive is to do so locally and keep at least two metres away from other people at all times.
• A good rule of thumb is if you live nearby (i.e. walking/cycling distance) then it’s OK to use our tracks for your fresh air/exercise.
• We can't restrict access to our parks completely, but we are putting in place the measures we can and relying on everyone to do the right thing, in order to keep everyone safe.
• There is no vehicle access, including trail bikes, to all areas of the Waimakariri River Regional Park.
• All toilet facilities are closed.
•The NZMCA camping areas at the Lake Tekapo Regional Park and at The Willows at the Waimakariri River Regional Park are closed.
If you need to contact us, please call 0800 324 636, and ask to speak to the Duty Ranger. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
Take advantage of Canterbury’s beauty by exploring our regional parks for walking, swimming, boating, fishing, gamebird hunting, motocross, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding and more.
Environment Canterbury is responsible for three parks across the region and we want you to enjoy these diverse natural landscapes. Our regional parks can be found on the shores of Lake Tekapo and the banks of the Waimakariri and Ashley Rakahuri Rivers.
We’ve developed parts of these parks, lakes and rivers so they're available year round for almost any outdoor pursuit that takes your fancy. Our rangers also patrol the Northern Pegasus Bay beaches and rivers, working to protect the natural environment while providing information and assistance for visitors.
We’re passionate about the parks and encourage you to use them to host events.
Visit the parks but please respect the vegetation and wildlife. Remove all rubbish, don’t light fires and keep your dogs under effective control. No chainsaws are permitted in any of our parks but you are welcome to collect dead or fallen wood by hand.
Together we can restore and protect the mauri (life force) of our region's land and water while maintaining a prosperous land-based economy. Below you can find links to all the resources and information you need to join us on this journey.
Waimakariri River Regional Park
Find out where's best for biking, bird watching, horse-riding, trail bike riding, whitebaiting, picnicking, jet-boating, kayaking, game bird hunting and more.
Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park
Encompassing the river’s edge and estuary, this park is great for relaxing nature walks, mountain biking, fishing and whitebaiting.
Northern Pegasus Bay
Explore this stretch of coast just a short drive north of Christchurch where you’ll find a collection of beachside communities, and campgrounds, horse riders and anglers trying their luck surfcasting.
Lake Tekapo Regional Park
Explore 165 hectares of land along the eastern shores of stunning Lake Tekapo where you'll find picnic spots, an enclosed dog park and 24 kilometres of cycling and walking tracks.
Notices and events
Find out what's happening in our parks, plus guidelines and advice on how to book an event.
Motor vehicle access guidelines
General motor vehicle access guidelines