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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.