Parks and Reserves

There are approximately 2000ha of parks and reserves in the Thames-Coromandel district, one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand due to its dramatic topography and coastline, its native forests, and its diverse coastal settlements.

Parks and reserves are an essential element of this character, providing important opportunities for active recreation, coastal/stream access and enjoyment, dog walking and other passive recreation, as well as a general sense of open space.

Please use our GIS mapping system to find a park or reserve near you.

The Department of Conservation also has a huge estate on the Coromandel, with plenty of tracks, huts and things to see and do. Visit their Coromandel webpage.

Management of our green spaces

Reserve Management Plans provide direction for the day-to-day management of reserves and the factors that impact upon these reserves, and they establish clear directions for their future management and development, where appropriate.

They provide a basis for assigning priorities in work on reserves and budgeting, and they contain information on the historical and cultural significance of your community’s land.

Trees

We have a district tree strategy for all public trees in each area and which reinforces the natural values of each of our settlements. The strategy sets out things such as design master-planning, species selection, maintenance and protection.

Individual Tree Master Plans guide our tree selection for reserves, as well as for the entries into towns and other important road side areas.

A Tree Master Plan identifies trees that contribute to a town's character and ensures certain species are used for all future plantings. This unifies areas of town, and serves to embrace and enhance local character.

Trees on our land that are known to have historic significance will be identified and possibly placed on a Historic Tree register. There is also a provision in the current District Plan for private property owners to nominate Notable Trees on their property for inclusion in the Tree Register.

Local Residential Planting

A Local Residential Planting scheme allows property owners who would like to have trees planted in their street to initiate their proposal by offering a financial contribution for local residential planting.

The contribution may cover the cost of purchasing, installation, and an 18-month maintenance period, all of which will be undertaken by our staff. Ongoing tree maintenance will also be our responsibility.

Contact us for more information about this scheme.

Some rules:

  • No camping is permitted on our parks and reserves
  • You need permission from us to operate a vehicle
  • Dogs are allowed in our reserves, but need to be under control on a leash - see our dog section for more information about our dog exercise areas
  • No person may take or ride any horse unless the horse is:
  • under the continuous control of the person or properly secured;
  • and in a reserve, or part of a reserve, specified by us as an area where a person may take or ride a horse
  • No fires (including fireworks) other than a gas barbecue or in a barbecue provided by us, without prior written permission from us.
  • No firearms are permitted without the prior written permission from us.
  • Generally no golf is allowed on our reserves
  • No commercial activity is permitted, without permission from us.

Find a park or reserve

Please use our GIS mapping system to find the locations on one of or maps.