Recreation Blog

22 November 2021

Aotearoa’s forests face a number of challenges and threats, from invasive species, to shifting environmental conditions and the arrival of new pathogens. While many of us are well-versed in taking on pest plants and animals, pathogens are in many ways more stealthy and challenging to combat; trapping a possum certainly seems more doable than stopping a microbe!

17 November 2021



Need some inspiration on how you can join in on Get Outdoors Week NZ 2021? Check out our list of recreational activities that not only get you outdoors, but also help protect our beautiful country!

5 November 2021


Cycle trails are a wonderful way to discover New Zealand and reconnect with friends and family. Between beautiful wide-open places, amazing sights and friendly folk, there are literally millions of reasons to head out onto our cycle trails. Let us convince you with ten of the best. 

12 October 2021

 If there is ever an excuse to get outdoors, it’s the annual NZ Get Outdoors Week. Although, here at the NZ Mountain Safety Council, we never need an excuse to enjoy what we are so lucky to have right at our doorstep. However, sometimes it can be difficult to muster up the motivation and find the inspiration to hit the tracks, no matter the length.

21 May 2021

After 25 years working for Opus/WSP Sarah Cresswell has started her own business, Wai Skills. We had a quick-fire chat with Sarah to learn more!

13 April 2021

Westland Recreation Centre senior lifeguard, Sam Bradley, recently shared his story about an incident involving an inflatable seat ring. He's interested in hearing from other facilities about their experiences with these inflatables.

11 March 2021

This year the awesome team at Environment Canterbury are getting involved with Parks Week with a mounted rogaine in the Waimakariri Regional Park (March 14). We had a quick chat with the Parks and Forests Team Leader, James Page, to learn more.

4 February 2021

With its rolling landscape, unique geology, and varied recreation opportunities it's no surprise that Te Mata Park has been named as one of the Green Flag Award® top 10 parks in the world. The park has won the Green Flag Community Award three times and is managed almost entirely by volunteers. We had a quick chat with Emma Buttle, Te Mata Park Manager, about their achievements.

4 December 2020


Henley Lakeis at the centre of a network of flat tracks winding through 43 hectares of wetlands and native plantings in Masterton. They are a first time Community Green Flag Award® winner and they're pretty chuffed. We had a quick chat with the management to find out a little more about their space.

4 November 2020

A few years ago, there was an ad on TV that referred to New Zealand as the 'best backyard in the world'. With seven distinct species of deer, wild pigs, the agile alpine chamois and the mighty Himalayan tahr, New Zealand is also one of the best places in the world to hunt.

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