Masterton has 45 beautiful parks and sportsgrounds available for all its residents and ratepayers to enjoy.
|Queen Elizabeth Park|
Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the best family parks in New Zealand. You can feed the ducks, walk over the swing bridge to visit the deer and then have a round of mini golf or a ride on the classic miniature train. The train runs every weekend (11am – 4pm), public holidays, and every day in the school holidays.
You can also explore the park by bike, pop in to RotoCycle and hire cycles for the whole family. They offer adult’s and children’s cycles for two-hour hire up to a whole day. They are located at the mini golf kiosk in the park. Masterton has a wide range of cycle trails – through the park, around Henley Lake and along the Waipaoa River just minutes away. RotoCycle will give you a free cycle trail map, along with helmets, locks, baskets and even backpacks. They’re owned by the Rotary Club of Masterton South, so all profits go to the community.
You can also go boating on the lake, rowboats, kayaks and pedal boats are all available for hire. Lifejackets, cushions and bread for the ducks are supplied with each boat ride. The row boats fly a pirate flag with complimentary pirate hats (or captains’ hats if preferred!). Built in the 1950s the pedal boats have been beautifully restored and all can comfortably hold 2 adults and 1-2 children with the row boats having enough room for 4 adults and the kayaks are 2-seaters. Boats can also be arranged for groups or for pirate/princess birthday parties. They are open every weekend and public holiday from 10am – 5pm and everyday in the school holidays. You can book by calling 06 372 5843 / 027 932 3036 or [email protected]
Masterton minigolf is a fun 18 hold course nestled among thriving tree and plant life, in between the Kids Own Playground and the Croquet Club in Queen Elizabeth Park. It has a fun friendly course, great layout and easy access for wheelchairs and push chairs. It is also available for group bookings. Phone 06 378 6333.
The Lake House Café is situated in the historic Coronation Hall in Queen Elizabeth Park. Coronation Hall was built in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. The Lake House Masterton is a family style, family run café situated in Queen Elizabeth Park by the lake. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The Lake House is available for functions, parties, and weddings. Phone 06 370 1555.
Kids Own Playground
The Kids Own Playground is one of Masterton’s main attractions for children. Its construction took only six days to complete and was a community project built with the support of Masterton District Council, and local businesses and service clubs. It is very popular with locals and tourists. In 2016 the playground was extended to include some accessible friendly equipment which can be used by people in wheelchairs or children in prams.
Henley Lake recreation park covers 43 hectares adjacent to the Ruamahanga and Waipoua Rivers. It can be accessed from Colombo Road or Te Ore Ore Road. The lake itself covers 11 hectares and includes 4 small islands. The park has a network of limed trails throughout suitable for walking or biking, and also suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs. At the south of the park an extensive area of wetlands are home to a large birdlife, as is the lake itself. Towers in the wetland area give fantastic views of the wild life. The lake is a dog walkers paradise with many residents and tourists using the space to exercise their dogs. Near the Colombo Road entrance there is a children’s play area. On the lake a number of activities take place throughout the year, including waka ama, dragon boating, and motorised model boats.