Central Otago is blessed with a significant amount of public open space, including parks, reserves and domains administered and managed by Council. These areas cater for a multitude of recreational and sporting needs for both locals and visitors to the district and include sporting venues, places to swim, walk, cycle or play, or for just pure enjoyment taking in local sights and sounds. There’s something for everyone in Central Otago’s parks.
Throughout the district, the Council looks after approximately:
- 13 sports grounds or domains, seven of which are administered on a day-to-day basis by reserve committees or trusts on behalf of Council
- About 100 hectares of reserve land
- Eight tracks for walking and cycling totalling over 20 kilometres
- 15 playgrounds
- Three skateboard facilities
- A bike park
- Three swimming dams or lakes.
On the pages in this section we outline what each of our parks and reserves spaces have to offer. These descriptions are complemented with icons to show you the facilities and features of each. Most icons are easily identifiable but please refer to this key if you are unsure: Key to Parks & Reserves Icons
Please note all our parks and reserves spaces are smokefree. We ask that club users and general visitors to our parks respect this policy for the enjoyment of all. The smokefree logos for your event publicity materials can be downloaded from the Smokefree NZ website. If you need any support with how to make your event or club smokefree contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Also note that the designated playing areas of all sports grounds are prohibited areas in Central Otago District Council's Dog Control Policy, so keep your dog off these areas at all times.
For more information about the Parks and Reserves in Central Otago, and all other booking enquiries, please contact us.
Parks and Recreation Administration Officer
Phone: (03) 440 0618