Harcourt Park paddling pool opens for summer on 21 November. The summer season will last until mid-March 2019 but may be extended if weather permits.

Harcourt Park is considered to be the botanical area of Upper Hutt with large rhododendron and azalea gardens and an area of native forest, Wales Woodland, which creates a scenic pass between the main park and the holiday park. The woodland has many picnic areas and short bush walks of which take several minutes to complete. The bush area is suitable for push chairs, buggys and wheelchairs.

Parking is available at Harcourt Park off both Akatarawa Road and Norbert Street. Norbert Street provides access to the soccer fields and neighbouring open space area – Te Haukaretu Park.

The park includes one junior and one senior playground complete with flying fox and toddler’s paddling pool with spray park. The pool is open for sixteen weeks of the year (weather dependent) from around mid November to early April with water spray features in operation from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm. The paddling pool area is unsupervised and requires parental supervision at all times.

The pool is adjacent to the popular playgrounds and provides gallons of free fun for the whole family but especially for toddlers under five. Exciting water spray features are installed and include a spray tunnel and sensor-timed sprinklers are set to provide a fun, interactive and safe environment for children to cool off in the summer. Young children enjoy the slide into the pool (30 cm deep) and an area has been kept free of water spray features for those parents and tots who want to play spray free. The water is constantly filtered through screen, lint and sand filters and chlorinated through a trickle chlorinator to maintain the chlorine levels, and is cleaned weekly by vacuum.

There is a large covered stage ideal for concerts and live shows. With a large open grass area, free electric barbecue and many picnic tables, this area is a great place for picnics or activities for large gatherings. Bookings for picnics and events are essential. Use the online booking form in the Resource & links section to book space in the park.

There are two free electric barbecues at Harcourt Park, one located by the paddling pool and one located by the stage area. You can bring your own gas barbecue into the park (gas barbecues only) – no other types of barbecues allowed. These BBQ’s cannot be booked.

The Hutt River Trail can be accessed via Harcourt Park where the track leads south to Petone in Lower Hutt, or north towards Te Marua. The Hutt River Trail also provides a good link track between many other Upper Hutt parks and open spaces.

There are four main fault lines that run through the Wellington Region. The Wellington Fault Line crosses through Harcourt Park along the main path between the river and the play area. At this point, the risers or slopes of river terraces can be seen extending away at approximately right angles to the path. Signage along the main path indicates where this effect is best viewed.

The park also contains two senior football fields, a fully serviced holiday park, a disc golf course, a learn to ride cycle track, and picnic facilities.

Harcourt Park cycle track

The Harcourt Cycle Track is a recent addition to the facilities of Harcourt Park. Added to the park in 2012, the cycle track mimics real life roading conditions with sealed roads, road signs and intersections. The track is a great venue for teaching children how to ride a bike or for some added practice. This facility is a brilliant way for children to learn more about the road rules and how to keep safe whilst cycling, and is a fun family activity for all ages.

Links to more information are provided in the Resources and Links section.

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Last updated on 13 Nov 2018