Our District

Parks Week 2019

Parks Week 2019 is coming up! Free events every day - 10 to 17 March

Check out the eight events over seven days below and save the dates! Open to everyone and all events are free-of-charge.

Park to path

Sunday 10 March 2019
Otaraua Park, Lancelot Grove, Otaihanga
8.30am start for 10k

The Parks Week fun run!  8.30am start for the 10k run/walk, 9am for kids 1km loop and 9.30am start for the 6km run/walk - a timed 10k run or 6k walk/run starting and finishing at Otaraua Park in Otaihanga. Enjoy a scenic route along the river and onto the Expressway’s shared path. Pool passes and certificates for the kids! Interested in registering? Email cat.wylde@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Yoga in the Park
Sunday 10 March 2019
Maclean Park, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

Zuri from Z Health Studios is hosting a free relaxing Yoga session at Maclean Park.

Tai Chi in the Park
Waikanae Park, Park Ave (next to playground) 
Monday 11 March 2019
Interested in learning more about the art of Tai Chi?  Join us for a free Tai Chi session suitable for all levels.

Te reo Māori Tamariki time

Mahara Place, Waikanae 
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Listen to great stories read by the librarians from Waikanae Library (operating from the Mahara Gallery) in the Mahara Place pop up park outside Sunday Cantina.

Puti puti in the Park
Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekākāriki
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Nau mai haere mai!  Join Te Rauo O Te Rangi weavers collective for a relaxed introduction to raranga (flax weaving).  No bookings required, just turn up.

It's a dog's life in Ōtaki
Ōtaki, Aotaki St
Wednesday 13 March 2019
Our doggy friends get a chance to try the agility equipment at the Ōtaki Dog Park and enjoy a sausage sizzle on us, plus some awesome giveaways.

Mayoral Walk, Pharazyn Reserve
Thursday 14 March 2019
Rutherford Drive, Waikanae Beach
Join us for a a guided walk with through Pharazyn Reserve with Mayor K Gurunathan, biodiversity expert Rob Cross and the park's environmental volunteers.  Followed by a free sausage sizzle while enjoying a summers evening in one of beautiful parks. 

Movies in the Park
Saturday 16 March 2019
Marine Gardens, Paraparaumu Beach (NB Venue might change if lots of interest)
Times TBC

Join us for free movies in the park!  First up we have Moana (PG) for the younger viewers before a short break to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG).  Bring a picnic and something to sit on, sit back and enjoy one of our region's premier parks.

Active in the Park
Sunday 17 March 2019
Waikanae Park, next to playground
Our final event to get the heart pumping!  Join us for a free session with a personal trainer as they take us for a session designed to make the most of the fresh outdoors!


 For more information

Name Cat Wylde, Recreation Facilities Coordinator
Phone 04 296 4855
Email cat.wylde@kapiticoast.govt.nz

Tell us more about Parks Week!

Parks Week is an annual international celebration of the important role our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities – and we’re right behind it here in Kāpiti!

We love our parks so much we dedicate a whole week to them each year to celebrate the role they play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy.

Whether you use your local park to take your dog for a walk, have a play in the playground, get your daily fitness kick, play some sport or quite simply take some time out, parks have many benefits and play an integral role in the wellbeing of active communities.

The Kāpiti Coast is home to many great open spaces for our community to enjoy. It's important that we value and look after our parks so everybody can enjoy and make the most of them.

How do we celebrate our parks?

Parks Week was all about highlighting and celebrating the important role parks play – for people, communities, and the natural environment, encouraging greater use of parks, celebrating the contribution that volunteers make to parks and promoting healthy parks and healthy people message.

Each day during Parks Week we profile and hold events at our great parks – some you may have been to and some are hidden gems!

Did you know ...?

  • We maintain more than 500 hectares of parks and sports grounds

  • Almost 80 kilometres of walkways, cycleways, and horse riding paths are managed by us at the Council




We look forward to seeing you and your family there!