Leisure activities

This page identifies many of the recreation and community facilities and services Nelson City Council provides for the city.

To locate many of these facilities, you can search on the Council's GIS system to map out specific parks and reserves. Simply enter the GIS system, read the introductory information, and then isolate your search for parks and reserves. Do this by selecting "PARK NAME" in the 'Search In' field on the far right of the screen.  

Go to the Council Geographic Information System (GIS)

Dog exercise areas

You can find out where to walk your dog at Tahunanui and all across the top of the South if your visit Council's new regional GIS website, once you're there, In the Layer List, tick 'Recreation' and "Dog Exercise Area".

Go to the Council Geographic Information System (GIS)

Exercise areas include:

  • Branford Park, Nelson
  • Corder Park, Nelson
  • Marsden Valley Dog Park
  • Railway Reserve, Nelson
  • Tahunanui Back Beach, Nelson

Learn more about dog ownership in Nelson.

Learn more about the areas dogs are allowed.

Kite flying

Greenmeadows, Stoke
Neale Park, Nelson
Saxton Field, Stoke
Wakapuaka Reserve Sand Flats, Nelson

Model aeroplanes

Wakapuaka Reserve Sand Flats, Nelson 

Modellers ponds

Corder Park Pond, Nelson
Saxton Field Green, Stoke

Off-road jogging

Botanical Hill, Nelson
Dun Mountain Walkway
Grampians, Nelson
Maitai Valley Walkway, Nelson
Neale Park, Nelson
Nelson Airport Perimeter, Nelson
Saxton Field, Stoke
Sir Stanley Whitehead Park, Nelson
Tahunanui Beach, Nelson
Tantragee Saddle 

Sand yachting

Wakapuaka Reserve Sand Flats, Nelson


Atawhai foreshore (opposite turnoff to Dodson Valley)
Tahunanui Beach