Woodend is a great base for exploring the Waimakariri district, visiting Christchurch or the Waipara Valley Vineyards.
The town has a Community Centre and an array of shops from cafes to an equestrian store. Gladstone Park is a sport and recreation reserve, a short distance from the town, located on Gladstone Road and caters for rugby, cricket, tennis and has a playground and dog park. There are many community groups who run various activities in Woodend and these can be viewed on the community groups page
Woodend Beach is popular and safe for swimming, surfing, walking, running, horse riding, and the playground area is a favourite location for picnics at any time of the year.
The Tūhaitara Coastal Park can be accessed from Woodend Beach with horse riding, mountain biking and walking trails.The Tutaepatu Trail linking Woodend Beach, Pegasus Town and Waikuku Beach is accessible by wheel chair and pram and the trail is compacted fine aggregate. There is ramp access onto the lookout at Tutaepatu lagoon.