Parks Week is about celebrating how spending time in our green spaces is important for our wellbeing, says Sandra Burles, Wairarapa Walking and Cycling Coordinator.

The celebration lasts from Saturday March 4 to Sunday March 12, and is recognised across Australia and New Zealand.

“If you’ve always wanted to visit a local park but didn’t know where they all are or their facilities, then this week is for you!”

With so many parks and open spaces right at your doorstep, why not get out and enjoy them?

Our local parks offer great options, from short walks to simply sitting, playground options for all ages, shared paths, exercise equipment and dog walking areas, Sandra says.

“Visit your local park, or venture further afield to try a new park in one of your neighbouring towns.

“Head to Masterton and enjoy spectacular Queen Elizabeth II Park  – its right next to town and there are tons of things for families to enjoy there.”

“You can take the dog to Carterton’s Sparks Park for some fresh air and shade trees; stroll through Featherston’s bush walks; or enjoy the new StoryWalk® at Martinborough’s Considine Park.”

Sandra says getting outdoors is “great for our personal wellbeing, helping us feel refreshed, rejuvenating our minds and our bodies”.

“Parks Week can help us all focus on how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing.

“Getting outdoors is beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing.

“And with all the curve balls life has thrown at us recently, it’s more important than ever to take care of our waiora.

“We would love to see as many Kiwis as possible getting outside and reaping the benefits of fresh air and physical activity.”

Follow #parksweeknz and Carterton District Council on social media to find out more, including our Parks Weeks activities.

Visit the NZ Recreation website for more information, download a Parks Week Bingo card, and to take part in the #parksweeknz photo challenge.