Newtown Park Access


SPECIAL NOTE: Access During FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournament Period. 

Council will do FIFA handover for exclusive use on the 6th July. Now in June until the exclusive use period, athletes can continue to use the track but are to keep away from the field and off the Grass. I 

Timeline of Dates 
24th May Track remains open – Newtown Park 1 and 2 fields closed for all use
6 th July Newtown Park 1 and 2 fields and track closed to the public.
21st August Expected date for Track and Fields’ to reopen

 The Newtown Park stadium and arena is owned and maintained by Wellington City Council. The Athletics Wellington Community are fortunate to have relatively open access to this facility during the summer season. However, this access is a privilege, not a right.
Users of the facility must show respect and courtesy to other users, particularly football user during April to September.

Gate Access Updated:1 October ’22
For individual access outside times booked by Athletics Wellington during summer user will be required to have key fob access. This is now operated by a swipe fob to open the electronic gate.
The new locking system for the pedestrian gate at Newtown Park is now operational.

Access outside booking times require a new electronic fob.
Electronic fobs can be purchased at the WCC Newtown Parks & Reserves Depot (located behind Newtown Park), 113 Russell Terrace, Newtown. Keys can be collected be between the hours of 8am – 3:30pm. or from a WCC library

One of our essential safety rules is that no training is permitted anywhere within the fence surrounding the track while a scheduled meet or competition is taking place.

Role of Athletics Wellington
Formal bookings of the Newtown Park facilities are made via Wellington City Council. Athletics Wellington aims to co-ordinate summer booking requests on behalf of its Senior and Junior Track and Field committees and all affiliated clubs. This provides a single point of contact for athletics related bookings, and allows for coordination of requests between various athletics groups and activities during the season.

Summertime Standard Bookings
Athletics Wellington has priority for bookings in the period between 1 October and 31 March.

The facility is generally open during daylight hours throughout summer. The standard booking requests made by Athletics Wellington during the track season 1 October and 31 March are:

Saturdays 8.00am to 10.00am Training
10.00am to 11.30am Athletics Wellington Program for athletes with disabilities.
11.30am to 1.30pm Wellington Harriers Athletics Club – Children’s Program.
1.30pm to 7.00pm Scheduled senior T&F competitions, or training time (see season planning calendar on Track and Field -Senior page) **
Sundays 8.00am to 9.30am Training Time
9.30am to 5.00pm Junior T&F Interclub and Champs competitions, or training time (see season planning calendar on Track and Field -Senior page) **
4.30pm to 7.00pm Training Time
Weekdays 4.00pm to 7.00pm Training Time

Athletics Wellington Booking Request  Process
For athletics-related bookings, we aim to gather and co-ordinate booking requests well in advance of the beginning of the track season, so that these can be confirmed and published with adequate notice for all parties.

All booking requests, including season competition schedules, should be provided to the Athletics Wellington office by 1 September at the latest. Note that separate booking requests can be made for:

  • The Newtown Park arena itself
  • The Function Room
  • The top field

Note: During weekdays throughout the season, there are many bookings of the arena made directly with Wellington City Council by Primary School and College Sports organisations. Athletics Wellington aims to be aware of these bookings and to publish information as appropriate for the benefit of the athletics community. See AW Season Calendar However, the master source of booking information is the City Council.

Winter Season access
The Wellington Diamond United Football Club has priority for booking requests for the arena between 1 April and 30 September. This particularly applies to weekend bookings.

Note: The arena is not always open during the winter period. Those wishing to use the facility during winter can apply to the Wellington City Council for a key to the pedestrian gate. See above. Any use of the facility by athletes must show respect to any other users, and recognize that priority is given to the Football club during the winter season