Parks Planning and Policies

Planning and management documents prepared for the Invercargill and Bluff parks and reserves managed by the Parks Division are available on this page.


Parks Strategy

The strategy is intended to cover a planning period of 10 years (to 2023), with a review to reflect actual growth and community needs/expectations in five years (to 2018). The document includes a framework for reserve management plans to be prepared, general development standard guidelines for each park category, identification of current deficiencies and future needs for each type of park, development contribution requirements and it establishes levels of service for each park category.

Playground Strategy

This document provides a long-term plan for the cost-effective and efficient provision of playgrounds across the municipality. It was adopted by Council on August 19, 2014 and any further details will be looked at through the Long Term Plan process.

Tree Plan

A Tree Plan has been developed to provide a clear direction on how ICC wants to manage trees across Parks, Cemeteries and Streets across Invercargill City on Council land.

The Tree Plan is divided into the following four parts:

Part 1: The Strategy

Provides a clear direction on where CounciI wants to be with trees as a City (strategic direction).

Part 2: Inventory

Paints a clear picture of what trees Council has and how they are looked after. This is intended as a live database.

Part 3: Policy Guidance

Provides policy guidance and a consistent approach to the propagation, planting, maintenance, protection and removal of trees on Council owned land.  It shows how Council’s own tree stock should be sustainably and responsibly managed.  It also provides guidance on how to inform the public on tree related matters, and on their rights and responsibilities.

Part 4: The Programme and Action Plan

This part sets out actions, timelines and responsibilities with regards to implementing Council’s Tree Plan.  It advises Council’s commitment to trees through a programme of works.

Download the ICC Tree Plan 2020


Donations Guidelines: Guidelines for Receiving Proposed Donations


Sharing the cost of fencing when you boundary an Invercargill City Council Park or Reserve

Management plans

Anderson Park
Argyle Park
Donovan Park
Elizabeth Park

Environmental Reserves: Omnibus Management Plan
The Omnibus Management Plan for Environmental Reserves was approved at a meeting on August 10, 2021 by the Invercargill City Council.

Ettrick Street Reserve
Greenpoint Domain

Linkage Reserves
Linkage Reserves Omnibus Management Plan – 2014
Ball Street Reserve, Elston Lea Reserve, Holywood Terrace Reserve, Mavora Reserves,  Otepuni Creek, Stead Street Reserve, Talbot Street Reserve and West Bank Reserve

Linkage Reserves Omnibus Management Plan
Amendment: Camping Policy 3.19.1

Camping is only permitted on reserves administered under the Reserves Act 1977 in the Invercargill District in camping grounds specific to that purpose.  Potential problems resulting from campers on reserves include toilet waste disposal, rubbish and damage to parks.

There are registered camping grounds on reserves in Bluff and at Sandy Point, as well as other private facilities, that provide adequate camping grounds for visitors to the City.


  • To conserve the public health, well being and safety of the public while on the reserve.
  • To ensure the public has equity of use over reserves under the Council’s control.
  • To prohibit camping in the reserve.


Stead Street Reserve - aerial view
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3.19.1    Camping is not permitted on reserves within this Management Plan. Superseded by new policy 3.19.1 below:

3.19.1   Camping is permitted on the Stead Street Reserve as indicated on the plan for the purposes of a New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Site for which a lease arrangement has been formalised. In all other reserves within this Management Plan camping is not permitted.

3.19.2  In special circumstances, camping on the reserve for one-off events may be approved by Council resolution.

Myers Reserve

Neighbourhood Parks
Neighbourhood Parks – Section 1 (A-D)
Introduction, objectives, policies. Playground areas: Arun Crescent Playground to Dunbeath Crescent Playground

Neighbourhood Parks – Section 2 (E-N)
Playground areas: Edinburgh Crescent Reserve to Newbie Street Playground

Neighbourhood Parks – Section 3 (O to W)
Playground areas: Ottrey Street Playground to Wicklow Street Playground. Also: Sequence for Development, Administration, Plan Amendment and Review.

Otatara Scenic Reserve Plan – 2014

Queens Park Management Plan
The document has been split into these sections:
QP – Title Pages and Introduction

QP Section 1 – Background Part 1

QP Section 1 – Background I Part 2
QP Section 1 – Background Part 3 (11MB)
QP Section 1 – Background Part 4 (8.5MB)

QP – Section 2
 Vision and Management Objectives
QP – Section 3
QP Section 4 – Development and Change
Queens Park Management Plan Amendment: This relates to the Development and Change Section.
Robinson Park
Rural Reserves Omnibus Management Plan 2012

Sandy Point Domain Management Plan – July 2013

Sports Fields Reserves Omnibus Plan – 2014
Includes Bain Park, McQuarrie Park, Surrey Park, Teviot Street Reserve, Turnbull Thomson Park, Waikiwi Domain and Waverley Park.

Thomsons Bush Management Plan

Town Belt
Town Belt – Final Management Plan 2013

Parks Dog Control Policy and related documents