Parks news and updates

Comments and inquiries about Parks and Reserves in Invercargill and Bluff are welcome. Contact the staff by phone  during business hours at (03) 219 9070 or at after hours (03) 211 1679. The email address is



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Public vehicle access through Queens Park

The main gates at Queens Park will no longer be open to vehicular traffic on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm. The Council made the decision at its meeting on 7 March 2017. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Parks Office: phone (03) 219 9070 or email


Spinning fun for one and all

Anderson Park roundabout
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The all-inclusive roundabout at Anderson Park playground means people in wheelchairs will be able to enjoy the spinning experience! – February 2017

Council’s Parks Manager, Robin Pagan, said the roundabout was the first of its kind in the city.

“We looked at trends throughout New Zealand. It’s important to have items like this to provide a range of facilities for all abilities,” he said.


Anderson Park House Maintenance Project

Over the next few months (weather dependant) external repair work will be carried out on the building including:

  • spouting repairs
  • shutter repairs

The area around the house (highlighted in the image below) will be closed to the public.

2017 upgrade for Anderson Park House

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. For more information contact  the Invercargill City Council Parks Division by phone (03) 219 9070 or email


No firewood permits

Sandy Point firewood permits will not be issued in the foreseeable future because of the lack of public access to the areas being harvested.


Chinese Garden

A Chinese Traditional Garden is to be constructed in Queens Park. It will be established as a friendship garden and represent the sister city relationship with Suqian in China (click on the images below for larger versions).

A recent visit to Suqian by a delegation from the Council helped form plans for gardens here and in China. Suqian has already begun plans on a friendship garden for Invercargill that will be the first of its kind in the city’s Santai Mountain Park.

The new local garden will be funded Artist's aerial view of the planned Chinese Gardenthrough funds set aside in the Long-Term Plan for Queens Park Specialist Displays and from Parks Special Funds Reserves Development and from surpluses in the Parks Business unit. The funding from the Special Funds Area Reserves Development will be a change from what was agreed in the Long-Term Plan and the total cost of the new garden will be approximately $600,000.

The new garden will be another stunning addition to Invercargill’s award-winning Park and help build the relationship with Suqian in the same way the Japanese garden has done with Kumagaya.

  • See a sketch plan of the Chinese Traditional Garden with key features annotated.


 Policy for UAVs in Parks and Reserves

Drones - UAV policyThe Invercargill City Council seeks to minimise the potential for negative effects such as noise or injury on neighbouring properties and to other park users through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in certain Council land or reserves. It also seeks to protect the privacy of people. UAV operations in breach of this policy or the Civil Aviation Rules could lead to a fine, a written warning, or prosecution by the Civil Aviation Authority. The policy document includes maps showing specific areas within seven Parks and Reserves where it is permitted to use UAVs without need for consent.


Seaward Bush boardwalk trial

Seaward Bush walkwayParks staff are now trialling a boardwalk at Seaward Bush.  Signs have been put up at each approach encouraging users to give feedback on the use of this material. The old mesh was time-intensive and caused tripping when it ripped; other alternatives were expensive and slippery. Staff are looking for ways to recycle old playground safety surface material and hope this option will be both cost-effective and user-friendly. If the trial goes well, Parks staff will look at bigger boardwalk areas. Comments welcome by email or phone: 03 219 9070 . 6 November 2015 update