2021/22 Green Flag Award Winning Parks

Twenty-four New Zealand parks have been recognised as some of  the top parks and open spaces in the world, through the international Green Flag Award® programme.     

The Green Flag Award® recognises and rewards parks and green spaces providing high quality and innovative recreational experiences for our communities. The award sets a benchmark standard for recreational outdoor spaces worldwide. Parks are awarded based on a criterion marked by experienced Green Flag Award® judges throughout the country.  

The 2021/22 Green Flag Award® winning parks are:

  • Sanders Reserve, Auckland Council
  • Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland Council
  • Long Bay Regional Park, Auckland Council
  • Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland Council,
  • Ambury Regional Park, Auckland Council
  • Parrs Park, Auckland Council
  • Auckland Domain, Auckland Council
  • Randwick Park (Auckland), RPSC Trust and For a Cause Ltd
  • TECT All Terrain Park, Western Bay of Plenty District Council/Tauranga City Council
  • Gisborne Botanical Gardens, Gisborne District Council
  • Pukekura Park, New Plymouth District Council
  • King Edward Park, South Taranaki District Council
  • Flaxmere Park, Hastings District Council
  • Havelock North Village Green, Hastings District Council
  • Cornwall Park, Hastings District Council
  • Te Mata Park (Hawke’s Bay), Te Mata Peak Trust
  • Thompson House Park, Horowhenua District Council
  • Te Maire Park, Horowhenua District Council (NEW)
  • Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park, Horowhenua District Council (NEW)
  • Holben Reserve, Horowhenua District Council
  • Driscoll Reserve, Horowhenua District Council
  • Henley Lake (Masterton), Henley Lake Trust
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton District Council
  • Whenua Tapu Cemetery, Porirua City Council (NEW)

Recreation Aotearoa, the organisation responsible for managing and judging the New Zealand Green Flag Award, were thrilled to see many parks achieve Green Flag status another year in a row and were pleased to have a number of new parks added to the list.

Recreation Aotearoa Parks, Play, and Open Spaces Manager, Garrett Blair, said: “Parks and open spaces are vital to our communities, they are havens for relaxation, connection, education, and escape. Aotearoa has an incredible network of parks and it’s fantastic to see our list of Green Flag Award winners grow and be acknowledged internationally.”

“The Green Flag Award is a significant way for us to recognise the value of these parks, as well as those people who work hard every day to create high quality outdoor experiences and places for our growing communities.”   

Recreation Aotearoa are expecting see a few more parks added to the 2021/22 accolades with judges still doing site visits, initially delayed by COVID-19.

The winning sites will be gifted a Green Flag to fly proudly in their parks for the public to see. 

You can visit the Green Flag Award® website to find out more about the programme, the winners, and how to get your parks involved: https://www.greenflagaward.org/ 

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