North Hagley Park and Gardens Loop

One of the most beautiful and well kept parks you'll visit, Hagley Park has a network of tracks linking North Hagley, South Hagley and the Botanic Gardens. Escape the hustle and bustle and go for a walk.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Hagley Park and Gardens LoopStart: Armagh Street car park, Armagh Street, Central city.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 5km.

Time: Two hours return.

Dogs: In Hagley Park, dogs must  be on a leash on paths and kept under effective control elsewhere. Dogs are not permitted once you cross the Woodland Bridge and head into the Botanic Gardens. 

Toilets: Located in several places including the Armagh Street car park and next to the Botanic Gardens Woodland Bridge.

Access: Suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.


Starting from the Armagh Street car park, follow the path leading around the north of Victoria Lake.  Continue to the Armagh Street bridge and then proceed north around the perimeter of Hagley Park past Harper and Deans Ave. Turn onto Riccarton Ave and continue to the pedestrian entrances to the Botanic Gardens. Follow the path into the Gardens next to the early spring flowering daffodils and Bandsmen's Memorial Rotunda. The Heritage Rose Garden is also well worth a short detour.

Cross the Woodland Bridge into the rest of the Botanic Gardens, stop to see the Peace Bell and enjoy the Central Rose Garden and conservatories before taking the Armagh Footbridge back to the car park where you started.

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