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Hagley Park attractions, things to do and places to visit in Christchurch

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Christchurch, Canterbury

Sprawling Hagley Park is the green heart of Christchurch. The scenic park is a sprawling swath of quiet spaces, dotted with century-old trees and stunning floral shows in springtime. Walk, run or cycle its pathways, or hop on an e-scooter and wizz through blossom as it showers petals on passers by. Little Hagley Park is a popular spot for model boat events.

Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Park in autumn, NZ
Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Park in autumn, NZ

Christchurch Hagley Park top sights

  • Sheer size of the wide open natural spaces with its extensive mature woodlands
  • Running, walking, cycling trails nestled in the heart of Christchurch
  • Superb location blending seamlessly with the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Home of impromptu cricket and frisbee sports, as well as city-wide events
  • Enjoy a day exploring Christchurch’s scenic locations; Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and Mona Vale with time for delicious foodie treats and a punt on the Avon River


Hagley Park is a natural sanctuary of 407 acres since it was established in the 1850’s. Blending seamlessly with the outstanding Christchurch Botanic Gardens visitors can immerse themselves in woodland walks while nearby cafes, shops, galleries and museums offer the delights of a large city.

Hagley Park comprises North and South Hagley Park which are separated by Riccarton Avenue and bordered by Deans, Hagley, Rolleston and Harper Avenues.

A visit to Hagley Park gives an appreciation for the very beginnings of

Little Hagley Park watch Saturday competitive yacht racing, Christchurch, New Zealand
Little Hagley Park watch Saturday competitive yacht racing, Christchurch, New Zealand
Hagley Park early spring, New Zealand
Hagley Park early spring, New Zealand

Walking and Cycling in Hagley Park, Christchurch

Hagley Park has an extensive network of shared pathways. Amble along the Avon River in spring with naturalised bluebells carpeting the woodlands. Toss bundles of flame coloured autumn leaves at friends. There are a number of tracks linking North & South Hagley Park with the Botanic Gardens at the heart.

A popular track is the perimeter path of North Hagley which passes a golf course and the Avon River in Little Hagley. The perimeter track is 4 km in length. There is a 17-station fitness course. South Hagley features numerous exercise facilities, and the Hagley Oval.

South Hagley walk Christchurch – autumn colour

Length 3.5 km

Starting from the Hagley Oval car park on Riccarton Avenue, follow the path northwest towards the Riccarton Road traffic lights and its group of mature oaks and elms. Turn south along Deans Avenue, a good choice if looking for autumn colour, and on to Moorhouse Avenue where spring daffodils flower en masse under deciduous European trees. Continue around to Hospital Corner and back to the car park.

Autumn tree with sun beam, Hagley Park, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
Autumn tree with sun beam, Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch Blossom in Hagley Park, New Zealand
Christchurch Blossom in Hagley Park, New Zealand

Millbrook Reserve walk

Millbrook Reserve, officially opened in 1924, is a hidden treasure trove of native and formal gardens situated just over the river from Little Hagley Park.

Toilets: Located in several places including the Armagh Street car park and next to the Botanic Gardens Woodland Bridge.

Unmissable is a punt on the Avon River. Pass the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens on an irresistibly romantic slow river journey with your Edwardian clad punter.



Want a bite to eat while at Hagley Park Christchurch?

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens cafes
  • Mona Vale cafe is located in the Christchurch city suburb of Fendalton
  • Arts Centre on Hereford St is home to delicious food trucks, ice creams and cafes
  • Riverside Markets with its array of foodie treat is 2.2 km walking distance

Walk, enjoy delectable eats, perhaps punt on the Avon River.


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