Facilities and Recreation
Navigate Up
Sign In
You are on our old website. View our new website.


This page contains information about spaces for leisure and recreation in the Whangarei district.
Updated: 17/12/2018 3:35 p.m.

​Riverside Reserve​​​​​​​​

Our parks and reserves are beautiful places which provide opportunities for people of all ages to get out and enjoy our climate and environment. 

We provide spaces for all leisure and recreation needs, from large sportsgrounds to smaller neighbourhood parks, playgrounds and public gardens.

To manage these different activities and their affects you may need to make a booking for activities or events that are over and above casual use such as gala days, festivals and filming.

A booking will give you the right to undertake your activity or event however it will not give you an exclusive right to the park.

It will make sure your event does not clash with arrangements others may have made within a park and that your activity goes ahead with Council support. 

Some activities may require a fee and details are set out in Council’s Fees and Charges below.

Fitness training or bootcamps

We want to promote active and healthy lifestyles and provide opportunities for people to engage in physical exercise on our parks.

Outdoor group exercise classes where participants are motivated to achieve fitness goals through the support and structure provided by the personal trainer along with the encouragement provided by the other members of the group are supported.

You only need approval to run fitness training or bootcamps in parks if you're using equipment that digs into the ground, such as flags or if your group is larger than 15.

If you want to use this sort of equipment or run a larger class, you need to complete an application form.

All operators should follow our Code of Conduct for Fitness Training when using our parks.

Code of Conduct for Fitness Training

You can also contact us to talk about locations that are or aren't appropriate.

Other spaces are owned and maintained by private trusts such as the Matakohe Limestone Island Trust, or by the Department of Conservation.

We work together with these organisations to make sure that there is a seamless approach to managing the green space in the district. 

Smoke free policy

We promote all our playgrounds, sportsfields and neighbourhood parks to be smoke free areas in the interests of protecting the environment and everyone’s health.

Find out more about the spaces we provide for leisure and recreation by selecting from the links below. 

The map below shows the locations of popular public parks in Whangarei.

Please note, if you cannot see the map below, you are using a browser that is not supported by ArcGIS. 

Please consider changing your browser to either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Learn more about changing your browser


View the map in full screen (Opens in a new window)

Map Legend

BBQ - electric
BBQ - no gas

Walks and trails

There is an extensive range of walking tracks in the district.

Follow the link below for further information about them and maps of the routes.

Tree planting

During the winter months, public tree planting days are held on Matakohe/Limestone Island, usually on a Sunday.

Details and dates are advertised on the Friends of Matakohe/Limestone Island website.

Friends of Matakohe/Limestone Island (Opens in a new window)

Contact us



Whangarei District Council owns this website and the information, images and photographs in it are subject to copyright. No portion may be copied or republished without prior permission of Whangarei District Council. We have made every reasonable effort to provide accurate and reliable information. The use of any information is at the website visitor’s own risk and discretion.