Last Modified: 22 April 2013
Parks and Reserves
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, as well as bush cover and walking tracks.
The Council holds a total area of 548ha as parks and reserves. This is comprised of:
- 24 senior and 41 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 24 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.
Activities and events in parks and reservesYou can find all sorts of sports activities and facilities in Upper Hutt City’s parks - view the parks location map (PDF, 245K). For more information on sport activities in Upper Hutt parks and reserves visit Activation
Our most popular parks
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|A mix of sports, bush walking, picnicing and playgrounds are
available at Maidstone Park. The large trees, lookout and walkways help
create an attractive setting close to the city centre. The park is home
to the Totara Park Softball, Upper Hutt Rugby Club and Maidstone
Maidstone Max is the regions most popular play park and has features for all ages including a skate park and one of the highest climbing nets in New Zealand. Access to Maidstone Park is off Park Street and via a subway from the Upper Hutt Railway Station.
|Downhill Mountain Bike Track
FREE | Open 24/7 all year (except for competition days)
|A hit with cyclists from all over the Wellington Region! Designed by
local riders and the Kennet Brothers, the track twists down the hill
and exits through a mix of regenerating native and established beech
The 1100m dedicated downhill mountain bike track should take intermediate to expert riders four to six minutes to ride. Less experienced riders will be challenged by the course and should expect to take between six and ten minutes.
All abilities will find challenge in the fun track that contains bermed corners that lead into jumps and drop offs with alternatives for those who like to keep their tyres on the ground!
Riders can access the track from the top of Seymour Grove off King Charles Drive. There is plenty of parking and a turning circle and drop off point for shuttle runs.
Find your nearest park or reserve...You can easily find a park in Upper Hutt - click here to view our parks location map (PDF, 245K).
Improving parks and reservesThe 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.
The Parks and Reserves team annually review asset management plans for all our major parks.