Victoria Park, Christchurch

Gates of Victoria Park. The plaque reads: "This park was opened 22 June 1897 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of H M Queen Victoria by the Hon William Rolleston, for many years Supt of Canterbury"

Victoria Park is a large recreational area on the Port Hills above Christchurch, New Zealand.[1]


The park was formally opened by William Rolleston on 22 June 1897 for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.[2]

The park has an information centre, and features open parkland, planted gardens and pine forest, with a variety of walking tracks[2] and a permanent orienteering course.[3]Mountain biking tracks extend into the adjacent Bowenvale Reserve, and include several challenging downhill routes, including the Nationals Down Hill Track.[4]

The park was the site of the 1954 Parker–Hulme murder that has inspired plays, novels, non-fiction books, and films.


  1. ^ "Port Hills mountain biking" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Victoria Park". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  3. ^ Victoria Park, Event Finder, New Zealand.
  4. ^ "Victoria Park",

Coordinates: 43°35′23″S 172°38′37″E / 43.5896°S 172.6437°E / -43.5896; 172.6437

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