Parks and reserves


​​We manage more than 130 parks covering more than 3540 hectares. Of this, over 2702 hectares is held in 14 conservation parks. There are 20 sports parks, 32 neighbourhood parks, 40 general amenity parks, and four premier parks. Some park lands are grazed until such time as they are needed for active recreation.

Premier parks provide high quality experiences in key locations such as Mighty River Domain at Lake Karāpiro, Te Awamutu Memorial Park, Te Awamutu Rose Gardens and Te Koo Utu Park in Cambridge.

Conservation parks provide for the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and allow for low impact recreational use.  These include Maungatautari Ecological Island and Kakepuku, and Lake Rotopiko (Serpentine) and Lake Ngāroto.

Sports parks provide for a wide range of physical activities and sports, such as Kihikihi Domain, Albert Park and Castleton Park sports grounds in Te Awamutu, and the Leamington Domain and Town Belt in Cambridge.

Neighbourhood and amenity parks provide urban communities with recreational opportunities for children, walkways and cycle linkages.

Future parks are identified in strategic town planning processes and are aligned with national guidelines. The development of individual parks is identified through reserve management plans and strategic plans for our significant parks. Council-administered buildings and facilities on these parks are maintained and managed in accordance with asset management plans.

Event Booking  Many of our Waipa parks have areas that can be booked for a picnic, event or other activities. Depending on the size and nature of the gathering and the level of associated infrastructure, Organising an Eventmay be required.

Camping in Waipa

If you are visiting the Waipā district, the Camper Mate app is highly useful for finding suitable parks and facilities around New Zealand.​

Access to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

People should avoid using the Hicks Road access to Sanctuary Mountain​ Maungatautari (Maungatautari Scenic Reserve) until access issues are resolved between the private landowners and Waipa District Council.    

Until the issues are resolved, we advise all visitors to use the Tari Road entrance.  If you are using the Summit Track you will need to return to Tari Road for access off the Mountain.

Council is working hard to restore public access as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.


Page reviewed: 23 Jul 2019 9:32am