Green Flag Award

We have 29 Green Flag Award® parks and open spaces in Aotearoa. Learn about Green Flag and find out how to get involved.

What is the Green Flag Award®?

The Green Flag Award® is an international mark of quality. It sets a benchmark for the management of parks and green spaces. 

The kaupapa behind the Green Flag Award® is to:

  • Ensure everyone has access to quality green and open spaces, regardless of where they live. 
  • Ensure these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of their local communities. 
  • To establish good management standards, and to promote and share best practice. 
  • To recognise and reward the mahi of manager, staff and volunteers.

Download the Green Flag Award® guidelines

Who can apply for a Green Flag Award®?

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public and has a site-specific management plan is eligible to apply for a Green Flag Award®.

See our 2023 Green Flag Award® winners

How it works

The Green Flag Award® sets a standard across a range of criteria. Green Flag Judges assess parks and open spaces against those criteria. 

Find out more about the Green Flag Award® criteria

Green Flag Award® fees

Green Flag Award® annual fees depend on the size of your park or open space.

  • Up to 19.99 hectares: $1045 + GST 
  • 20.00 hectares and over: $1485 + GST

Benefits of winning a Green Flag Award®

Winning a Green Flag Award® shows you have met a global benchmark standard for park and open space management. 

  • Boosts tourism to your local area. 
  • Shows you have a good management plan for a safe and sustainable park or open space. 
  • Improving facilities at a park or open space can have a positive effect on the area, boost regeneration and reduce antisocial behaviour.

Hear from a Green Flag Award® winner – Horowhenua District Council

Show off your Green Flag Award®!

  • Fly your Green Flag in your park or open space.  
  • Use Green Flag Award® logos on your marketing and collateral. 
  • Enjoy a dedicated page on the Green Flag Award® website. You’ll also be featured on our website and social media channels. 

How to apply

Applications for the Green Flag Award® scheme are open until 29 April 2024.

More information

For more information on the application process, or if you’re interested in becoming a Green Flag Judge, email Kieran Smith: