Parks and Reserves

Parks for all to enjoy

We manage more than 110 parks and reserves throughout the district as well as maintaining public gardens, trees, walkways and other open spaces. In total we look after more than 3,000 street trees and 1,200ha of parks!

With over 50 playgrounds scattered around the district, you should never be far from a place for the kids to let off steam. Check out our playground map for details.

We have barbecues available at two of our sites. There is a free gas barbecue at the East End Reserve off Buller Street and several wood fired barbecues at Audrey Gale Reserve (you need to supply your own wood). Open fires are not permitted but you are welcome to bring portable gas barbecues where the flame is contained. 

Why not get out in the fresh air and enjoy one of our wonderful parks.

Discover a park

This is just a handful of the parks and reserves you can explore in the New Plymouth area.

Pukekura Park

Stroll around the lake, visit the stunning fernery, whizz down the flying fox or enjoy a delicious coffee at the Tea House. Pukekura Park is New Plymouth's largest and most diverse park. It is a must visit for everyone and the home of the TSB Festival of Lights every summer.

Find out more

Rotokare/Barrett Domain

Take a walk through the unspoiled Rotokare/Barrett Domain. The Domain has several short walks where you can enjoy the bush and marvel at the stunning lagoon.

Find out more

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park is the perfect place to visit on a beautiful summer day. Located between Inglewood Pool and the TET stadium, it has a playground with a hamster wheel, skate ramps, picnic tables and a field for burning off steam.

Find Jubilee Park

Waitara Marine Park

Take some time out in Waitara at the Marine Park. Located where the Waitara River meets the sea the Park has lots of wide open spaces and an awesome playground. 

Find Waitara Marine Park

Kawaroa Park

Kawaroa Park overlooks the Coastal Walkway and is a great place to stop for a rest and a play, with twin slides that will delight the young and young at heart. Visit in conjunction with the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, which is right next door.

Find Kawaroa Park

Brooklands Zoo

At Brooklands Zoo you can spend some time meeting the animals, then play at the playground and relax with a picnic in the surrounding green spaces.

Find out more

Report a Problem 

We take pride in having well-maintained parks and facilities. If you notice dumped rubbish, damage to plants, trees, playgrounds, seats and picnic tables or dirty toilets please contact us.

Lost property and willful damage
Please contact the police in the first instance, then us.

Lend a hand in your local park

Shovel and spade work isn’t for everyone. There are a range of jobs that could help such as clearing weeds, picking up rubbish, taking photos, designing newsletters, taking care of health and safety procedures.

There might be a community group up and running in your neighbourhood that you would like to join or talk to us about starting one in a park near you.

To volunteer please fill in the following form and a parks officer will be in touch shortly to discuss opportunities.

Application to Volunteer - NPDC Parks

Parks for everyone

Our parks and reserves are places for everyone to enjoy. We want them to be safe, accessible and beautiful. To make sure they are we have a few guidelines.

Please don't:

  • Play golf in our parks.
  • Camp. For information on where you can camp see freedom camping.
  • Light open fires.
  • Take plants. We are happy to provide the names of plants for you.

  • Dump rubbish.

  • Smoke. We are proud to be smokefree. 

  • Fish for eels. It is illegal to hunt for eels within Pukekura Park (The Reserves Act 1977, Field Section 50 Taking or Killing of Fauna) unless authorised by the Park Curator. If you find someone fishing for eels, please contact us. We will investigate the incident and report back.

  • Feed bread to animals. Our fish, eels and feathered friends might like to share your lunch or eat leftover bread. However, this can cause them health problems, and uneaten food can affect the water quality and attract pests. Please only feed our animal friends foods that they might find naturally. Wild bird seed is available in many shops and supermarkets and is much healthier than bread and other processed foods.

Mountain bike riding
In general, mountain bike riding is not allowed in our parks; however, recreational bike riding is permitted on the Coastal Walkway and in some parks. Please check the signs in each park to be sure and always ride with consideration for other park users. There are extensive mountain bike tracks at Lake Mangamahoe.

In many of our parks, playgrounds and beaches dogs need to be walked on a leash, and in some places they are not allowed at all. Please check our Walking your dog map for details of where you can and can't take your dogs, and where they need to be on a leash.