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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:43am

Two girls walking in a reserve with their backs to the camera

Filling our days and staying active at home has become a big part of our daily lives. Fortunately, our Council facilities team are hard at work with ideas to fill your days.

Over on the Council Facebook page, our recreation centres and Selwyn Aquatic Centre have begun providing videos with fun fitness activities to try and information on what they’re doing to stay active. We’ve got a Mini Gym clip and some ideas for swimming practice for kids and pre-schoolers coming. So keep an eye out for those and more.

If you’re sick of being indoors, fortunately living in Selwyn there are plenty of parks, reserves and trails on our doorstep. Playgrounds, and hard surface areas including skate parks, tennis and basketball courts are closed, but reserves, parks and dog parks remain open to local residents.

Taking some ‘time out’ in your local park is a great way to connect with nature, manage stress and lift our mood Council Reserves Officer Keely Gwatkin says. “Remember to look up at the sky, listen for birds, breathe deeply and enjoy the colours and smells of autumn.”

If you are taking your dog for a walk, they need to stay in your bubble including avoiding other dogs. We strongly advise keeping them on a leash at all times. Avoid shared surfaces such as tables and benches and places where you can get injured or lost. If you’re cycling, stay local and avoid cycling to another township unless for essential travel.

For children, the great bear hunt is proving especially popular. Count how many teddy bears you find in houses or on gates around your neighbourhood. Use the online map to find them in your area.

Remember to keep two metres from people outside your ‘bubble’, but don’t be afraid to give them a wave or a smile. Stay safe, stay local, but stay healthy and have fun!

If you're looking for ideas for a walk - here's a list of what's open and what's not and some ideas in your area:

All DOC owned facilities and walks are currently closed

  • No walking Hogsback track, Devil’s Punchbowl or Kura Tāwhiti.

SDC camping reserves currently closed:

  • Lakeside domain, Coe’s Ford, Chamberlain’s Ford and Whitecliffs domain are currently closed to the public. No pedestrian or vehicle access is permitted.

Below is a list of outdoor places open in your neighbourhood:

To discover walks in your neighbourhood and what else Selwyn has to offer visit

Arthur’s Pass and Castle Hill:

  • Castle Hill Domain
  • Village Green.


  • Coronation Park

19 minute walk from Burnham centre. Aylesbury Road.

  • Freyberg Road Domain

Near Burnham Community Centre.


  • Town walks

Starting at the clock tower. Dogs on leash. For more information visit:

  • McHughs forest park
  • 30 minute walk from town centre.

Horndon Street

30 minute bike ride and 50 minute walk around the park.

Have fun finding the magical fairy doors hidden in the forest.

  • Darfield Reserve

Horndon Street


  • Dunsandel Domain

Near the Dunsandel Community Centre

Glentunnel and Coalgate

  • Glentunnel Domain

Glentunnel Domain Road.


  • Hororata Domain

Hororata Road

  • Walk to Coton’s cottage

Coton’s Road


High Street


  • Anderson Square

High Street

  • Leeston Park
  • Leeston dog park

Leeston Road

  • Osborne park in Doyleston

Drain Road

10 minute bike ride from Leeston centre


Ellesmere Road or access from behind Liffey Springs

30 minute walk from Lincoln centre

  • The Liffey

Access from Liffey place or Millpond Lane or Southfield drive.

Walk amongst the beautiful trees near the stream avoiding the closed playground areas.

  • Lincoln Domain

Access from Meijer Drive

  • Boundary road/Lincoln Rolleston road

Walk or bike from Lincoln Primary School until Springs Road or further until you reach Shands Road or Waterholes road.