Edwards Pit Park

Photo shows dog on boardwalk set among native wetland plantings.

This historic quarry has been raised from a wasteland by a passionate group of residents. Short tracks wind through native wetland before opening into a large meadow. It's a great spot for dog walking and frog-spotting!

We’re encouraging everyone to be safe around our awa (river) this summer.

Water Safety NZ says anyone near our awa should follow these handy tips to keep you and your whānau safe.

Wait 72 hours after rainfall before entering the river

Rivers are changeable and unpredictable – particularly after heavy rainfall. Riverbanks can also become unstable during and after heavy rain.

Check weather forecasts including rainfall in the hills above that could fill the streams and rivers where you are.

Look before you leap – check for hazards

Upstream, downstream and where you’re swimming. Rivers contain hidden dangers and swimming holes can change depths from summer to summer.

Always enter feet first and establish an exit point before you enter.

Keep looking

  • Can you see the bottom?
  • Is it deep enough for jumping or diving?
  • Does the riverbed drop away close to the edge?
  • Could you handle the current if you got swept away?

Rivers can be dangerous for a number of reasons

  • They can be very cold.
  • They are affected by the weather and can rise and fall quickly. 
  • The current can be strong even if the river looks calm and the water is slow moving. 
  • A person doesn’t float as well in river water as they do in sea water; someone in a river current will use a lot of energy to keep themselves afloat. 
  • There are often hidden objects.

Signs of an unsafe river 

  • Water moving faster than normal walking pace. 
  • Discoloured, cloudy water.
  • Visible debris such as tree branches, rocks and logs.

A safe rescue is a land-based rescue

Dial 111 immediately if you see anyone in danger, so emergency services can get there as soon as possible.

If someone is being swept downstream, the only safe rescue is a land-based rescue. Do not enter the river after them. It is unlikely you will be able to reach them to help them and you may need to be rescued yourself.

  • Follow the person in trouble down the riverbank.
  • Find a safe place where the person may be able to swim towards the bank.
  • Use an object like a tree branch to reach out over the river.
  • Encourage the person in trouble to grab the branch or paddle and hang on.
  • Pull them to the riverbank and help them out.

If you cannot rescue the person safely from the bank:

  • Encourage the person to turn on their back and float feet first down the river
  • If practical, throw the person a buoyant object like a bucket, chilly bin or ball that they can hang onto and use to keep themselves afloat. 

Learn more about how to keep you and your whanau safe in, on and around the water

Download the translated posters

These are translated posters of the water safety information.

They are available in different languages. Download and share them with your friends.

English(PDF, 480KB)  Burmese(PDF, 541KB) Dari(PDF, 528KB) Dzongkha(PDF, 535KB) Karen(PDF, 531KB)

Watch: This short film by Environment Network Manawatū is about the Pit Park People who've made the park what it is today.

Like Pit Park on Facebook to find out about upcoming planting days for volunteers.

Dogs welcome

This park is a brilliant place to walk your dog off-leash. Please be aware though that dogs are prohibited in the sportsgrounds in neighbouring Skoglund Park.

Photo shows aerial view of short walkways zigzagging through a richly planted wetland nestled in the bowl of an old quarry.

History of Pit Park

The former clay pit is named for Robert Price Edwards (1854-1924), who established his brick-making business here in 1900. In 1904 Edwards started construction of the Hoffman Kiln, a category one heritage building you can still see on Featherston Street. The kiln was capable of firing 9,000 bricks in a single chamber, with clay sourced on-site.

Photo shows heritage brick building.

Photo: Hoffman brick kiln, Featherston Street, E Creamer 1981: Manawatū Heritage.


Edwards Pit Park, Featherston Street, Roslyn 4414  View Map

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