Parks and reserves

August 2022 Weather Event

Last updated 3.30 pm Friday 23 September 2022

Significant damage has been caused to the region's reserve and track network; the below information aims to provide updates on inspections and remediation work. Anything taped off has been assessed and is closed, all other parks should be used with caution at this time.

For up to date info on mountain bike trails, head to the Nelson Mountain Bike Club website or Trailforks.  

Please note that staff are receiving a large volume of individual enquiries at present, and over the coming weeks may be unable to respond to your query in the usual timeframes.

Latest updates 

Parks and Reserves

  • Codgers. Climbing to Middle Rd and P51 open! Contractors have now completed clearing Lower Jacks track and Crazy Horse, and NMTBC volunteers have cleared the steep firebreak next to Crazy Horse which reopens climbing access to Jacks Hub. Access is now open to Crazy Horse, the adjacent firebreak climb, Lower Jacks Track and Middle Rd to Whanake and P51. Weather permitting, work on Top Firball and Middle Firball (below Middle Rd) will commence 22 September. Upper Whanake is closed during work hours due to contractor activity. Access to P51 from lower skid is available throughout.

Normal climbing access into lower Codgers is impacted by significant slips and tension cracking on the Pipeline trail which is also affecting Tasman Journeys and the lower section of Hulkin’ Hogan. The concrete water pipe on the Pipeline trail is critical to Council's water reticulation, supplying treated water to the city. Ensuring the water pipeline is secure is the first priority and engineers are working to safely clear the pipe bench, without putting the water pipe at further risk. Due to weather conditions, the start time for this area of work has been delayed until Tuesday 27th September. Once the pipeline and bench track is secure Tasman Journeys slip clearance will follow. 

Gully is open! Bridge repair work all signed off. Tu Meke is aldo open, both accessed from the Coppermine Trail which is now open as far as Four Corners.  

Betsy Eyre Walk – footbridge near to Codgers Hub has lost one of its abutments, open but capacity limited to one person at a time.

  • Coppermine Trail. Open from Brook St through to Four Corners. For the weekend only while contractors are not operating there is an option to exit down the fenceline, otherwise returning to the Brook via the Coppermine Trail or utilising the Classic are the only return options. A significant slip between Four Corners and Third House requires an extensive engineering solution meaning this section will be closed for some time. The alternative route along the fence line is not yet available, however, we anticipate access to Third House and beyond to be established week of 26 September. Significant damage means the Maitai pipeline section (Dam to Smiths Ford) will remain closed for some time. Preliminary assessments have been carried out and funding applied for. Access to Maitai Valley Road remains closed while major infrastructure works continue (current estimate is 2-3 weeks for completion).   
  • Botanical Hill Reserve/Centre of NZ. Some routes now available from Botanics Sportsfield to the summit. Also, Branford Park sidle track between the first and second Branford Park carparks, can then proceed up Olive Hill Track. Remaining reserve is closed.  
  • Fringed Hill/Ngāti Koata whenua. Other than Fringed Hill Road, there is currently no access onto Ngāti Koata whenua. This includes no access from Groom Creek. Anticipate partial access to be possible week of 26 September, in line with trails on NCC land as above.  Fringed Hill downhill trials open as far as Coppermine Trail only. Lower sections impacted by several complex slips requiring specialist remedial works. Geotech assessments have been completed, and planning is now underway with contractors. Black Diamond and beyond remain closed at this time. 
  • Maitai Valley Walkway. Now open from Clouston Bridge (end of Nile St) to Almond Tree Flat. Section of boardwalk next to Black Hole has been repaired.
  • Grampians Reserve. Over 70 slips have been recorded in the Grampians. A loop using Kahikatea Track, the firebreak and the lower part of Mahoe Track is now open which provides access through to the Lookout. We are hoping to open Tawa Track - Ronaki Track and up to the ridgeline in time for the Queen's memorial public holiday weekend, and work is underway towards establishing a second access point from Endeavour Street. Note that the Collingwood St zigzag has considerable damage and will remain closed for some time. Grampians Rd is also closed and has heavy machinery operating.
  • Pipers Reserve: Now open through Bob’s Bush, and from the northern entrance off Princes Drive down the zig zag to Emano Street. Opposite Tamaki steps entrance and track down from Observatory Terrace remain closed.  
  • Titoki Reserve is now fully open
  • Waahi Taakaro Golf Course clean-up is underway. Holes 8 and 9 still have significant debris to clear and the access bridges are damaged beyond repair. Council is working with the Club to find ways to gain access before a new bridge can be built. 

Open in Lower Codgers

  • Betsy Eyre Track (bridge has a one-person limit)
  • Coppermine Trail from Brook Street to Four Corners 
  • Crazy Horse
  • Firebreak climb next to Crazy Horse
  • Jacks Track - Lower
  • Middle Rd (Lower Jacks to Whanake)
  • Lower Firball (below Coppermine Trail) 
  • P51
  • Tu Meke 
  • Young Codgers 
  • Walnut
  • Whanake (upper closed during work hours – access to P51 from lower skid)

Codgers Recreation Hub is now open to vehicles.  

See also the Mountain Bike Club's latest update  

Open in Marsden Valley Conservation Reserve

  • Memorial Loop Track (on left hand side of Marsden Valley Rd) open from second carpark (by weka sign)  

Full reserve closures

  • Atmore Reserve 
  • Brook Conservation Reserve (except Coppermine Trail to Four Corners as above)  
  • Frenchay Reserve 
  • Grampians Reserve (except for Kahikatea Trail and lower Mahoe as described above)
  • Marsden Valley Reserve (except Memorial Loop Track as above) 
  • Moana Reserve 
  • Roding Reserve 
  • Sir Stanley Whitehead Reserve 
  • Waahi Taakaro (Sunday Hole) 
  • Waahi Taakaro Golf Course (including Maitai Hub)

Note that in addition to council reserves, all Ngāti Koata recreation areas apart from Fringed Hill access from Tantragee Road remain closed (Sharlands, Maitai Face, Codgers Maitai).  

Individual walkway and trail closures

  • Commodore-Zeehaen Walkway 
  • Coppermine Trail (entire trail closed above Four Corners) 
  • Days Track: Princes Drive to Rocks Rd (Toi Toi to Princes Drive is safe) 
  • Greenwoods Track (next to Eureka Park) 
  • Maire-Zeehaen Walkway 
  • Maitai River Walkway, closed upstream from Domett Street Bridge 
  • Manuka St Walkway (lower Cleveland Tce to Dorothy Annie Way) 
  • Maungatapu Track (was previously closed to vehicles, now closed to all users; includes Pelorous side also) 
  • Rocks-Malcolm Walkway 
  • Sir Stanley Whitehead Walkway
  • Tamaki-Princes Walkway 
  • Tamaki St Walkway 

Playground closures

  • Corder Park
  • Frenchay Reserve 
  • Plumtree Lane (Poorman Stream Esplanade, Marsden Valley) 
  • Waahi Taakaro (Sunday Hole) 

Cemeteries

  • Marsden Valley Cemetery: onsite damage to some of the internal roads (one section of internal road is closed) 

Additional weather event recovery info

Staff and contractors continue to assess tracks (including bridges and structures) to establish which areas require engineering advice.  

Any residual mud/water in reserves should be treated as contaminated, and it is strongly encouraged to stay out of these areas. 

Glider Road has suffered significant additional damage from the weather event. Council's forestry contractor PF Olsen indicate rehabilitation works will be completed approximately end of September.  

Maitai Valley Road: now open to the end of the sealed section at Two Arrows Archery.  

Please respect closures and do not venture beyond taped areas. Considerable damage has been caused to some trails and many slips are still active, machinery likely to be operating. Check Trailforks for latest details.


Parks and reserves

Nelson has many fine reserves and parks for relaxation and fun. Many of these parks also feature playgrounds for children.

You can use Top of the South Maps, our regional mapping website to help locate these facilities.

Click “Recreation” to see Parks, Reserves, Tracks and Places of Interest.  (“Recreation” is one of the blue boxes under the “Quick View” tab.)

Type the park name into the Search box to go straight to it.  Alternatively, type your address into the search box to find your local recreational features.

Parks and reserves - by neighborhood

Atawhai

Bayview Reserve, Bayview Rd
Corder Park, Atawhai Cres
Frenchay Reserve, Frenchay Dr
Marybank Reserve, Marybank Rd
Miyazu Reserve, Atawhai Dr
Montrose Reserve, Montrose Dr
Ngapua Reserve, Ngapua Pl
Queen Elizabeth II Reserve, Queen Elizabeth II Dr
Te-Ata Reserve, Te Ata Pl
The Glen Reserve, The Glen Rd
Titoki Reserve, Werneth St
Tresillian Reserve, Tresillian Ave
Wakapuaka Cemetery, Atawhai Dr
Wakapuaka Sandflats Esplanade, Wakapuaka Rd
Werneth Reserve, Werneth St

Nelson City

Abraham Heights Reserve, Abraham Hts
Andrews Farm Reserve, Brook St
Betsy Eyre Park, Westbrook Ter
Bishopdale Reserve, Bishopdale Ave
Bishopdale Retention Dam Bank, Bishopdale Ave
Botanical Hill
Botanics Sportsfield, Hardy St-E
Branford Park, Maitai Rd
Brook Park, Brook St
Cattle Market Reserve, Ben Bracken Pl
Custom House Reserve, Queens Rd
Emano East Reserve, Emano St
Emano West Reserve, Emano St
Enner Glynn North Reserve, Enner Glynn Rd
Erin Reserve, Erin St
Fairfield Park
Fountain Reserve, Fountain Pl
Grampians Reserve
Grove Reserve, Grove St
Guppy Park, Sovereign St
Hallowell Cemetery, Shelbourne St
Hanby Park, Hanby Park
Haulashore Island
Hockey Reserve
Maitai Arboretum, Maitai Valley Rd
Maitai Cricket Ground, Maitai Valley Rd
Maitai River Esplanade
Marina
Moncrieff Reserve, Moncrieff Ave
Murphy North Reserve, Murphy St
Murphy South Reserve, Murphy St
Neale Park, North Rd
Paru Paru Reserve, Paru Paru Rd
Peace Grove, Queen Elizabeth Ii Dr
Pepper Tree Park, Pepper Tree Way
Pioneers Park, Hastings St
Pipers Park, Princes Dr
Pipers Park Reserve, Princes Dr
Princes Lookout Reserve, Princes Dr
Quakers Acre Cemetery, Rutherford St
Riverside Reserve, Riverside
Ronaki Reserve, Ronaki Ter
Russell Reserve, Russell St
Rutherford Park, Paru Paru Rd
Sequoia Reserve, Mt Vernon Pl
Sharland Hill Reserve
Sir Stanley Whitehead Park, Atawhai Dr
St Lawrence Reserve, St Lawrence St
Station Reserve, Waimea Rd
Tantragee Reserve
Trafalgar Park, Trafalgar St
Victory Square, St Vincent St
Vosper Reserve, Vosper St
Waimea North Reserve, Waimea Rd
Waimea South Reserve, Waimea Rd
Wards Reserve, Brook St
Wellington Reserve, Wellington St
Wigzell Park, Wigzell Dr
Wolfe Reserve, Wolfe St

Stoke

Aldinga Reserve, Aldinga Ave
Ballard Reserve, Ballard Dr
Beatson Reserve, Beatson Rd
Bishops Park, Hobhouse St
Bledisloe North Reserve, Bledisloe Ave
Bledisloe South Reserve, Bledisloe Ave
Bolwell Reserve, Panorama Dr
Cawthron Reserve, Cawthron Cres
Covent Reserve, Covent Dr
Devon Reserve, Devon St
Enner Glynn South Reserve, Enner Glynn Rd
Foster Reserve, Point Rd
Greenmeadows, Songer St
Harford Reserve, Harford Ct
Kowhai Reserve, Kowhai Ave
Manson Reserve, Manson Ave
Manu Kau Reserve, Monaco Vw
Marsden Recreation Ground, cnr Songer St and Main Road Stoke
Marsden Valley Cemetery, Marsden Valley Rd
Marsden Valley Reserve, off Marsden Valley Rd
Monaco Foreshore, Point Rd
Monaco Reserve, Martin St
Neale Reserve, Neale Ave
Ngaio Reserve, Ngaio St
Ngawhatu Sportsfield, Ngawhatu Rd
Nikau Reserve, Nikau St
Orchard Reserve, Wordsworth Pl
Orchard Stream Esplanade
Orphanage Stream Esplanade
Poets Park, Keats Cres
Poormans Stream Esplanade, Marsden Valley Rd
Poplar Reserve, Arapiki Rd
Ranui Reserve, Ranui Rd
Saxton Field, Saxton Rd-E
Seaview Cemetery, Seaview Rd
Songer Reserve, The Ridgeway
Tokomaru Reserve, Tokomaru Pl
Waterhouse Reserve, Waterhouse St
Whakatu Drive Foreshore, Wakatu Dr
Woodstock Reserve, Covent Dr

Tahunanui

Airport Peninsula Esplanade
Annesbrook Youth Park, Annesbrook Dr
Bisley Reserve, Bisley Ave
Bruno Reserve, Bisley Ave
Blackwood East Reserve, Blackwood St
Blackwood West Reserve, Blackwood St
Bolt Reserve, Bolt Rd
Burrell Park, Muritai St
Centennial Park, Centennial Rd
Douglas Reserve, Douglas Rd
Highview Reserve, Highview Dr
Jenkins Creek Esplanade, Jenkins Pl
Norgate Reserve, Gracefield St
Oyster Island
Paddys Knob Reserve, Stansell Ave
Tahunanui Beach Foreshore, Rocks Rd
Tahunanui Recreation Reserve, Rocks Rd
Tasman Heights Reserve, Princes Dr
Tosswill Reserve, Tosswill Rd

Whangamoa

Frost Reserve, Frost Rd
Hira Cemetery, Hira Rd
Hira Reserve, Hira Rd
Paremata Flats Foreshore, Cable Bay Rd
St Andrews Cemetery, Wakapuaka Rd
Wakapuaka Reserve, Wakapuaka Rd  

Picnic Areas by Neighbourhood

Atawhai

Bayview Reserve, Bayview Rd
Te-Ata Reserve, Te Ata Pl
The Glen Reserve, The Glen Rd
Tresillian Reserve, Tresillian Ave
Werneth Reserve, Werneth St

Nelson City

Branford Park, Maitai Rd
Church Hill, Trafalgar St
Fairfield Park, Brougham St
Grampians Reserve
Haulashore Island
Maitai River Esplanade
Marina
Melrose Gardens, Trafalgar St
Neale Park, North Rd
Peace Grove, Queen Elizabeth Ii Dr
QEII Drive Gardens, Queen Elizabeth II Dr
Queens Gardens, Bridge St
Riverside Pool Complex, Riverside
Riverside Reserve, Riverside
Russell Community Housing, Russell St
Russell Reserve, Russell St
Rutherford Park, Paru Paru Rd
Sequoia Reserve, Mt Vernon Pl
Sir Stanley Whitehead Park, Atawhai Dr
Trafalgar Park, Trafalgar St
Wakefield Quay Gardens, Wakefield Qy

Stoke

Broadgreen Gardens, Nayland Rd
Foster Reserve, Point Rd
Isel Park, Main Rd Stoke
Kowhai Reserve, Kowhai Ave
Manson Reserve, Manson Ave
Marsden Recreation Ground, Marsden Rd
Monaco Reserve, Martin St
Ngawhatu Sportsfield, Ngawhatu Rd
Saxton Field, Saxton Rd-E
Whakatu Drive Foreshore, Wakatu Dr

Tahunanui

Annesbrook Youth Park, Annesbrook Dr
Bolt Reserve, Bolt Rd
Burrell Park, Muritai St
Oyster Island
Tahunanui Recreation Reserve, Rocks Rd

Whangamoa

Hira Reserve, Hira Rd
Maitai Catchment Reserve 

Public Gardens by Neighbourhood

Atawhai

Miyazu Japanese Gardens, Atawhai Dr

Nelson City

Anzac Memorial Park, Halifax St
Church Hill, Trafalgar St
Melrose Gardens, Trafalgar St
Queens Gardens, Bridge St

Stoke

Broadgreen Gardens, Nayland Rd
Isel Park, Main Rd Stoke  

Playgrounds by Neighbourhood

Atawhai

Corder Park, Atawhai Cres
Marybank Reserve, Marybank Rd
Montrose Reserve, Montrose Dr
Te-Ata Reserve, Te Ata Pl
The Glen Reserve, The Glen Rd
Tresillian Reserve, Tresillian Ave
Werneth Reserve, Werneth St

Nelson City

Abraham Heights Reserve, Abraham Hts
Bishopdale Reserve, Bishopdale Ave
Botanics Sportsfield, Hardy St-E
Branford Park, Maitai Rd
Brook Park, Brook St
Cattle Market Reserve, Ben Bracken Pl
Emano West Reserve, Emano St
Enner Glynn North Reserve, Enner Glynn Rd
Erin Reserve, Erin St
Fairfield Park, Brougham St
Fountain Place Gardens, Fountain Pl
Fountain Reserve, Fountain Pl
Grove Reserve, Grove St
Hallowell Cemetery, Shelbourne St
Hanby Park, Hanby Park
Maitai River Esplanade
Murphy North Reserve, Murphy St
Neale Park, North Rd
Old Bank Lane Gardens, Buxton Sq
Pioneers Park, Hastings St
Riverside Reserve, Riverside
Russell Reserve, Russell St
Sequoia Reserve, Mt Vernon Pl
Victory Square, St Vincent St
Vosper Reserve, Vosper St
Waimea North Reserve, Waimea Rd
Wards Reserve, Brook St
Wellington Reserve, Wellington St
Wolfe Reserve, Wolfe St

Stoke

Aldinga Reserve, Aldinga Ave
Beatson Reserve, Beatson Rd
Bledisloe South Reserve, Bledisloe Ave
Cawthron Reserve, Cawthron Cres
Enner Glynn South Reserve, Enner Glynn Rd
Foster Reserve, Point Rd
Harford Reserve, Harford Ct
Kowhai Reserve, Kowhai Ave
Manson Reserve, Manson Ave
Manu Kau Reserve, Monaco Vw
Marsden Recreation Ground, Marsden Rd
Monaco Reserve, Martin St
Nayland Pool Complex, Nayland Rd
Neale Reserve, Neale Ave
Ngaio Reserve, Ngaio St
Ngawhatu Sportsfield, Ngawhatu Rd
Orchard Reserve, Wordsworth Pl
Poets Park, Keats Cres
Poplar Reserve, Arapiki Rd
Railway Reserve Walkway, Quarantine Rd
Saxton Field, Saxton Rd-E

Tahunanui

Annesbrook Youth Park, Annesbrook Dr
Blackwood East Reserve, Blackwood St
Bolt Reserve, Bolt Rd
Douglas Reserve, Douglas Rd
Tahunanui Beach Foreshore, Rocks Rd
Tahunanui Recreation Reserve, Rocks Rd

Whangamoa

Wakapuaka Reserve, Wakapuaka Rd