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Keirunga Gardens

Image of Keirungs Gardens.

This large park in Havelock North has 17 hectares of formal gardens, woodlands and open grass areas.

Off the Tanner Street entrance there is a grassed picnic area with tables, with access to the main area of the park through ‘Crab Apple Walk’. Running along the western side of the gardens, following the waterway, is Arthur’s Path, an informal walkway through oak trees.

There is a playground off the Puflett Rd entrance. Playground equipment includes swings, climbing frames and confidence course.

The park is home to Keirunga Homestead, Keirunga Gardens Arts and Crafts Society and the Keirunga Park Railway which runs an 846 metre mini train track that winds its way around the park through tunnels and across bridges.

The grounds are permanently open to the public however the car park is closed at night. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead unless within the designated ‘off-lead exercise’ area at the southern boundary walkway of Keirunga Gardens, off Tanner Street.

Seating: Yes

Public toilets: Yes; closed at night

The entrances to the park are off Puflett Rd and Tanner St.

Maintenance and development programmes for this park are governed by the Keirunga Gardens Reserve Management Plan.


HDC KeirungaGardens WebSliderReview of the Keirunga Gardens Reserve Management Plan

The Council is about to undertake a review of the Keirunga Gardens Reserve Management Plan. The Plan identifies Council’s intentions for the future use, management, development and protection of the reserve, over the next 10 years. The role of Council is to ensure that the reserve is available for the whole community and visitors to use and enjoy, understand and enhance the visitor experience and sense of place, provide the best possible facilities and services, and protect those features which make it unique.  

Keirunga Gardens has been treasured by generations of Hastings District residents, who have enjoyed exploring the reserve as children, walking in the natural woodland, exercising their dogs, and appreciating the beautiful views from elevated parts of the reserve.  The reserve has a strong cultural heritage; since its gift to the people of Hastings, the heritage buildings, together with a further purpose-built building, have been a centre of arts and crafts for the district.  Since the 1980s, the reserve has also been home to the Live Steamers who built and operate Keirunga Park Railway.  

Members of the public are invited to provide suggestions for the reserve via an online survey at by 17 July 2020.  In addition, members of the public are invited to attend Community Open Days on Saturday 13 June 2020 and Sunday 21 June 2020.  Council officers will be available from 11am to 1pm at Keirunga Park Railway, entrance from Puflett Road.

Following the first stage of consultation with the community and key stakeholders, the Draft Reserve Management Plan will be made available to the public and submissions requested.  We look forward to your comments on these exciting plans for Keirunga Gardens.

Keirunga Gardens Location Map

Havelock North 4130


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