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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

There are well over 100 reserves and parks used for all kinds of recreation in Dunedin. We have put in place several strategies to ensure these natural areas of our city are managed in a useful way for all kinds of users.

These documents are available for download elsewhere on this page.

Caversham Reserve

Dinosaurs, kittens and unicorns now roam at Caversham Reserve which has become a digital fantasy land with the addition of mixed reality game Magical Park.

Children can play the game at the reserve using a smartphone or tablet.

Magical Park is a world filled with dinosaurs, kittens and unicorns. It’s aimed at 6 to 11 year olds and is Dunedin’s first augmented reality game. The game is designed to get kids off the couch and active outside. Kids run on average 2km when playing.

The game needed a reserve that didn’t have a lot of physical barriers like playground equipment that children could run into.

Users need to download the free Magical Parkapp from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded data usage is minimal as data is only used to locate the player on the field.

To play the game users need to have an Android device with compass and gyroscope senses or an iPhone 5 (or newer) or iPad 3 (or newer).

John Wilson Ocean Drive

Located between St Kilda and Lawyers Head, John Wilson Ocean Drive offers elevated views of the Pacific and suburban Dunedin.

John Wilson Ocean Drive is open to vehicles daily from 11.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Outside these hours it provides a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Mosgiel Memorial Gardens

These gardens are well maintained and very nicely landscaped, and would provide anyone wanting ideas about their own landscaping with plenty to take in.

Link to blog about Mosgiel Memorial Gardens (link to external website, new window)

Woodside Glen

The gates located at the front of the Woodside Glen reserve will be locked from 9pm on 1 November 2016.

The gates will be open during day time hours allowing access to the Glen during the following hours:

  • Summer (November – March) - Open 8am, closes 9pm
  • Winter (April – September) Open 9am, closes 5pm

Recreation and leisure

Dunedin is fortunate to have many parks and reserves that are available for public use and enjoyment.

These open spaces contribute greatly to the quality of life enjoyed by all residents. Open spaces, playgrounds, sports grounds, recreation and community facilities all contribute to our community's social, environmental and economic well-being.

Land with conservation values

Other than the general provision of 9 hectares per 1,000 population, there is no policy in the parks and reserves activity for the provision of reserves for conservation purposes. Nor is there any clear statutory obligation for us to seek ownership or control of further sites for these purposes.

We recognise that people do value areas that are perceived to have ecological, landscape, cultural or heritage value within the city and we continue to receive requests that we purchase or otherwise manage such sites.

Who looks after our boat ramps and jetties

Dunedin City Council looks after public structures on land. They provide facilities such as boats ramps and jetties, give approvals for land-based events such as triathlons on beaches and reserves and they look after vehicles on beaches, and clean boat ramps from time to time to stop them getting too slippery.

Facilities include:

  • Pilot’s wharf (harbour entrance)
  • Deborah Bay Dinghy ramp and Marina and Green Reserve
  • Carey’s bay jetty and ramp
  • Port Chalmers Recreation Reserve (Back Beach)
  • Roseneath Esplanade reserve
  • Cross wharf (Dunedin Basin)
  • Kitchener Street Reserve
  • Anderson’s Bay Inlet and Bayfield Jetty and ramp
  • Vauxhall Reserve
  • Portobello wharf
  • Glenfalloch Jetty
  • Broad Bay Reserve
  • MacAndrew Bay Reserve
  • Wellers Rock Jetty
  • Te Rauone Recreation And Esplanade Reserve (Te Rauone Beach Domain)

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