The New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opened on 1 November 1906 in Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nearly two million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A 90 chains (1,800 m) branch railway line was built in late 1905 across North Hagley Park starting at the Riccarton station to service the exhibition (goods traffic only) and a temporary tram line was built in Peterborough Street, Park Terrace and Salisbury Street to connect with the Victoria Street tram. The attractions included New Zealand's first professional symphony orchestra (conducted by Alfred Hill), and the first Dominion pipe band contest, which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.
Amusements included a water chute on Victoria Lake, a dragon train, a toboggan course, a helter-skelter and a gondola. The Pike featured penny in the slot machines, a maze, and Professor Renno and his Palace of Illusions. Visitors were also able to view a 360 degree panoramic painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, accompanied by a history of the battle, at the Cyclorama.
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Matthew Addley | Apr 19, 2018
A great park for both walkers and runners with many paths running next to the willow trees and water. There are enough cross paths to allow for different distances. And, if it's green spaces you're after, there's LOTS of that too. I noticed there are toilet facilities towards the centre of the park but cannot comment on the condition. So, a great park, just a short walk from many of the cities hotels - awesome!
Kieran Abelen | Feb 17, 2018
On a consistent basis there are amazing events in North Hagley Park. The parking is a little difficult if you don't know the area. If are not confident in park in small spaces I recommend you walk in from the town center or from outside the park. Most events run for at most a week and are almost always themed around something or are traveling talent. Great place.
Jessica Bowden | Mar 17, 2018
Awesome venue to watch the cricket - so close to the players and much more comfortable than sitting in a stadium! Would recommend getting in early when it sells out as the line was massive. Also so nice walking around the park !
Haley | Apr 7, 2018
Well kept gardens. Easy parking. Something for all age groups and electric train for those who want to see gardens without walking.
Paul Johnson | Feb 2, 2018
What a great place to walk and enjoy the Park and trees. No matter the time of year the surroundings are fantastic. The only "fly in the ointment" are those that do not understand the concept of "share the path." These are groups of people that walk and run around the park in a bulldozer fashion clearing everyone in their path out the way. Highly recommended place to visit as long as you don't mind the odd group of inconsiderates!
Pat Gresham | Jul 1, 2018
Great area for all ages. There was some interesting school holiday activities. Map was easy to follow and in a good location. Would be nice if dogs were allowed.
Donna Crawford | Jul 7, 2018
A beautiful place just to relax or catch up on friends and family, love the gardens it changes every time I go there. Highly recommend if you want to go there and just relax
Helen Mcintyre | May 31, 2018
Beautiful brimming with history and character. Hagley Park is the reason we moved to Christchurch. It relaxes and inspires me every time I'm luckily enough to go!
Cassandra Soto | Jul 23, 2018
Love this park! Great place for a walk, playground for the kids and then getting a coffee and icecream at duck duck.
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