Parks and Reserves

​​​​Ruapehu District has a number of parks and neighbourhood recreation reserves for public use and enjoyment. The facilities located on our reserves may include seats and picnic tables, playgrounds, public toilets, BBQ’s, paths, lights, parking areas and rubbish bins.

Vehicle access is possible to most reserves however access is restricted where it is important to protect the ground surface. e.g,  sports fields.  

Request to Use a Public Space

Sports groups, community groups, schools and private individuals can reserve the use of specific sportsgrounds or reserves for their use. Use by the community is generally at no cost, however commercial operations may attract a charge.

A calendar with current bookings for public spaces around the Ruapehu District is shown below. 


Regular Users of the Taumarunui Domain and Cherry Grove Football fields, such as schools and community sports groups, can make a booking by using the School and Community Sports Group Booking Form.

Requests for the use of a public space by other users should be submitted through using the Events in Public Places Application Form at the bottom of this page.

Please note that while Council will endeavor to accommodate all bookings, where there is a conflict for use of the space, bookings which have a greater benefit to the community will be given precedence and you may be asked to reschedule your event.  


Dogs are permitted on most reserves, but they must be on a lead. Dogs are prohibited from sports grounds and children’s play areas. There are nominated dog exercise areas around the Ruapehu District where a lead is not required. Please remember that dog fouling on a park or reserve is an offence and dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet.  The owner or the person in charge shall keep that dog under control at all times.


To ensure the safety of those enjoying our reserves by-laws are in place that restrict the use of motorised vehicles, trail bikes and motorbikes, horses, lighting fires, and alcohol on parks and reserves.


Camping is not permitted on most of our parks or neighbourhood recreation reserves. There are specified camping locations in the Ruapehu District.

Setting up a Business on a Reserve

Longer term occupation for clubrooms, business or trade, or recreation facilities will require a lease or licence.  Please contact Council with details of your proposed activity


Hockey and cricket is being played on Council parks on rare occasions on a "fun" basis but there are no hockey fields or cricket pitches that are maintained by Council at the present time.  Participants in Taumarunui and Raetihi are enjoying the introduction and growth of touch rugby during the summer season.  Soccer in Taumarunui is played on a regular basis at Cherry Grove Domain fields and occasionally on the Taumarunui Domain.  Adult rugby is played on the Taumarunui and Ohakune rugby fields.

Netball fixtures on the Taumarunui netball courts remain high but elsewhere netball appears to be played only in school grounds.

Tennis is still played at the North Street (Taumarunui) courts but there appears to be no serious competition or coaching.  Rather, fun games for recreation.

Cherry Grove Domain is a well used park by canoeists, using Cherry Grove as the starting point for trips down the Whanganui River and the Cherry Grove to Manunui riverside walk.  The Domain is also one of the most popular passive reserves in the District.


Page reviewed: 22 Jan 2020 11:29am