Nelson City Council landscape and conservation reserves are still closed. This includes popular spots like the Grampians, Centre of NZ, Codgers MTB Park and the Dun Mountain Trail. Sportsfields, including the Botanics playing fields, remain open.

The key risk is around the safety of people being caught should a fire break out. 

These measures reduce the risk of needing to divert resources away from the current fire emergency in Tasman.

With the extremely dry conditions, prevailing winds, slope and nature of the vegetation, a fire would spread uphill extremely quickly, making evacuation very difficult.

The following tracks and reserves will be closed to the public effective immediately:


Maitai Water Reserve
Roding Water Reserve
Marsden Valley Reserve
Venner Reserve
Brook Conservation Reserve, including Eureka Park
Titoki Reserve















Grampians Reserve
Tantragee Reserve, including all of Codgers Mountain Bike Area
Botanical Hill, including all tracks to the Centre of New Zealand
Atmore Reserve
Hanby Park
Highview Reserve
Pipers Reserve
Sir Stanley Whitehead Park
Tasman Heights Reserve
Bolwell Reserve
Stoke Reservoir Reserve (behind the Nelson Christian College)


The Dun Mountain Trail
Maitai Walkway from Gibbs Bridge (near to Sunday Hole) through to the Maitai Water Reserve
Please stay out of these reserves for your own safety. Council will advise when it is considered safe to access these areas again.  If you see signs of smoke or fire in any reserves please call 111 immediately.

Sports fields, neighbourhood parks, public gardens and playgrounds remain open.