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 after hours at   (03) 211 1679. The email address is



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Environmental Award winners

Invercargill City Council Parks and Reserves staff won the Environmental Achievement Award at the Southland Community Environment Awards on 1 November 2017.

Parks Assets Planner Cassie Scobie and Parks Manager Robin Pagan with the award and certificate. Click the picture for a larger version.

The award was made in recognition of the team’s commitment to using both innovation and creativity  in their restoration projects. That included opening up drainage areas in Queens Park so the waterways can support birds and insects in the area.

Behind the scenes,  commitment to recycling saw the team successfully move from using coal in the nursery boiler to woodchips from tree-trimming.

The Parks staff also removed exotic forestry from Bluff Hill and cleverly used these trees as mulch for native seedlings which have been planted in the place of the exotic trees. See this ICC website page for full results.


Halloween fun

Halloween imageThis year’s Halloween event at the Queens Parks Stumpery, organised by Invercargill North Rotary and the Invercargill City Council Parks Department, was  held on 31 October from 6.30pm. For more information phone the Parks office  (03) 219 9070 or email

Print the 2017 Halloween poster


Adding to the fun at Stuart Street Playground

Two new items have been added to the Stuart Street Playground. The rotating Nest Rally provides many climbing opportunities and various places to hang out. The baskets also allow small children to experience spinning and light swinging. The other addition is the Jumping Jack rocker which offers offers rocking fun for all ages.

A roundabout has also been re-sited at the playground and, coming up, are a path and seat to improve facilities for users.



Estuary Walkway shelters

New shelters have been constructed, with plants put around the shelters. They were part of the final project between Invercargill Rotary groups and Invercargill City Council, which was celebrated on Sunday 11 June. Information panels about Rotary and the New River Estuary are located inside the shelters and there are many viewpoints to enjoy from within them. 12 June 2017 update.


Estuary beautification project

Estuary project - Rptary and ICCAn ambitious project by Rotary and the Invercargill City Council to restore the beauty of the New River Estuary by planting 22 hectares is now complete. Members of the public attended the opening at the Bond Street Car Park entrance on Sunday, 11 June, 2017.  The Council’s Parks staff and the six Invercargill Rotary clubs have spent 12 years developing and planting out what used to be the Invercargill tip with more than 250,000 native plants. The project, including the building of two shelters at the top of the hill, was completed in Rotary’s centennial year.

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Recycled playground mats for Seaward Bush boardwalk

Seaward Bush walkway

Recycled playground mats are helping the environment and reducing costs for the Invercargill City Council. Council rangers installed a series of safety mats salvaged from a playground upgrade to one section of the Seaward Bush boardwalk in early November 2015.

After more than a year-long trial, the Invercargill City Council has decided to expand the project and replace all chicken wire or plastic mesh at Seaward Bush by July.

Council Parks Assets Manager Graeme Davies said that during the trial there had been no breakdown in the recycled material and a start has been made on installing the rest of the mats. The picture shows a finished section during the trial period; this is what the boardwalk will look like on completion.

Channel 39 video.


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


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 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.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Policy
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles booking form