All Upper Hutt City Council’s parks, reserves, playgrounds and sports grounds are smokefree.
We know you value our parks and open spaces. We want a green and attractive city and will make Upper Hutt greener through improved care of public spaces. So whether you want to go for a walk, a picnic, play sport, or just relax, you’ll find the perfect spot in your local park. Upper Hutt City has more than fifty parks offering picturesque walkways, majestic trees and gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and sports grounds.
Key attractions include Trentham Memorial Park, Maidstone Park and Harcourt Park. In addition, a network of smaller parks throughout the city provide space for organised sport and casual recreation, neighbourhood playgrounds, and bush cover and walking tracks.
The Council holds a total area of 548ha as parks and reserves. This is comprised of:
- 18 senior and 32 junior sports fields
- 3 regional and 33 neighbourhood playgrounds
- 15km of walking and cycling tracks plus 4.5km of tramping/hiking tracks
- 194.3ha of Council land is bush covered, of which 12.65ha is fenced for conservation purposes
- public gardens include 5.4ha on road reserves and 6.9ha on parks and reserves
The Council owns and maintains 28 public toilets throughout the city.
The Hutt River area, a popular space for informal recreation, is under the control of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Upper Hutt City Council maintains parts of the riverside, including Moonshine Park, on behalf of the Regional Council.
Dogs may be exercised at large, but under the control of their owners or a responsible person who has the owner’s permission to walk and/or exercise that dog in all Upper Hutt Parks, except:-
- all playgrounds at all times; and
- all sports fields while a sporting event is in progress; and
- all parks while Council approved activities are in progress; and
- Birchville Park and Te Haukaretu Park at all times.
For more information please read the Parks and Reserves Rules or contact Animal Control on (04) 527 2169.
Activities and events in parks and reserves
You can find all sorts of sports activities and facilities in Upper Hutt City’s parks. You can download our ‘parks location map‘ from the Resource & Links section or contact the Parks and Reserves team on (04) 527 2169 for more information on sport activities in Upper Hutt parks and reserves.
Find your nearest park or reserve
You can easily find a park in Upper Hutt – click here to view our parks location map (PDF, 245KB).
Benge Hall Park
Brown Owl Reserve
Doris Nicholson Park
Duncraig Crescent Park
Emerald Hill Reserve
Keith George Memorial Park/
Silverstream Scenic Reserve
Kurth Crescent Reserve
McLeod Street Children’s Playground
Ngati Tama Park
Pine Avenue Park
Pinehaven Library Reserve
Plateau Road Park
Pumpkin Cottage Reserve
Silverstream Amenity Reserve
Tapestry Grove Park
Te Haukaretu Park
Trentham Memorial Park
Upper Plateau Playground
Ward Street Reserve
Improving parks and reserves
The Parks and Reserves division is responsible for managing the city parks, reserves and public gardens, for now and the future, to:
- meet the recreational needs of the public, including sports groups and all other park users
- provide an attractive open space environment
- provide a selected range of top quality attractions for locals and visitors to Upper Hutt.
This is in keeping with Council’s Long Term Plan to provide high quality parks and reserves that provide a range of passive and active leisure opportunities in a cost effective manner for the city’s residents, as well as providing areas and associated facilities that contribute to a fun leisure destination image for the city.
Council annually reviews the asset management plans for all our major parks, to ensure they are kept well maintained for generations to come.
Last updated on 20 Sep 2016