Reserves and Recreation

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Westland beaches, including Hokitika Beach, can be dangerous and subject to rips, drifts, strong currents and strong wave action etc. Many of our beaches do not have lifeguard services. Swim at your own risk and take safety precautions. Parents please watch your children at all times.

Parks and Reserves

Council owns parks, reserves and gardens throughout the district, which are available to the public for picnics, recreation and other purposes in the following areas:

Harper Park: Park Street, Hokitika
Cass Square: Weld Street, Hokitika
Whitcombe Park: Whitcombe Terrace, Hokitika
Prossers Bush: Town Belt East, Hokitika
Lazar Park: Park Street, Hokitika
Airport Drive Reserve: Airport Drive, Hokitika
Walker Park: Kumara Junction Highway (S.H.6), Hokitika
Kumara Sports Field: Seddon Street, Kumara
Ross Domain: Moorhouse Street, Ross
Pierson Esplanade: West of the bridge on Gibson Quay and up to Sewell Street
Heritage Area: Gibson Quay, Hokitika

Further Information

Westland District Council has a Reserves and Environs Community Group which meets on the second Tuesday at 4pm of every third month (commencing in February each year) to discuss concerns/issues/solutions about local reserves. Usual agenda items include the ongoing development of the Hokitika Beachfront, Cass Square, Lazar Park, Preston’s Bush, Prosser’s Bush and Wadeson Island.

The group published a Hokitika & Environs Reserves Management Plan in April 2000. Copies are available on request.

The group’s role is to offer advice and give direction to Council on any matters pertaining to Hokitika Reserves and Environs. There are keen gardeners in the group who are willing to share their expertise in providing guidance for Council,

For further information, contact the Community Development Advisor.