Situated on the ridges and valleys descending from Sugarloaf, Victoria Park has panoramic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Pegasus Bay and the Southern Alps. The park has a vast array of tracks for walking, wheelchair and mountain bikes.
Victoria Park is a great place for families with picnic and play areas and a dog park.
There is a permanent orienteering course, which starts from near the visitor centre. Map packs can be purchased from the Visitor Centre in Victoria Park, or from the Beckenham Service Centre.
Victoria Park was first set aside as a reserve in 1870 and planting began in the early 1880's under the direction of J.B. Armstrong. The first house was erected in 1886 and an early occupant, William Moore, was the first to sell refreshments to visitors. Hon. William Rolleston formally opened the park in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.