Activity Category: Free

Memorial Park, Taihape

Memorial Park Taihape

There is space to run around and benches for taking a break. Good picnic spot on a nice day. Taihape Area School is also just next door and if it’s not school time (i.e. during the school holidays or at weekends) there’s concrete spaces to scoot on and a couple…

Tongariro Domain, Taupo

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The Domain is home to Taupo’s largest playground with some interesting equipment. There’s a space net with a ‘waggle bridge’, swings and a good selection of equipment suitable for smaller kids like a collection of pods that kids can climb into and then exit via a short slide. There’s also…

Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, Auckland

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This park is probably best known for its playground but there’s also beach access and a huge area of grass suitable for picnics, running around and ball games. The playground is wheelchair accessible and it also has a special area for preschoolers with a low level platform for kids to…

Victoria Park, Auckland City

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This playground has a particularly good selection of equipment for school aged kids with some quite different pieces like the wobbly balance beam log. There’s lots of climbing opportunities, a high fireman’s pole and monkey bars. Preschoolers are only really catered for with things like climbing on a tuatara and eel sculpture,…

Myers Park, Auckland CBD

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If you’re in the CBD looking for a playground this is one option. It’s easily accessible from upper Queen St (see address). The playground has monkey bars, a basket swing, a swinging bridge, regular swings, sculptural pieces for walking over and balancing on. There are small slides and swings suitable…

Western Park, Freemans Bay, Auckland

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This playground was upgraded towards the end of 2016 with new equipment going in. Slides still feature with 3 reasonably long tunnel slides stretching down the side of the hill. But in addition to slides, there are also swings, including a bucket swing, a seasaw, rope ladders for climbing up, and unground…

Matapouri Beach and walks, Tutukaka

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Matapouri Beach is a huge white sand beach in a natural cove that is very sheltered and great for kids. Rock pools and fishing from the rocks available from both ends of the beach. From the Northern end of the beach you can walk over to a huge rock pool…

Beach and walk at Whangaumu Bay, Tutukaka

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This is a sheltered, beautiful white sanded beach. Good for kids paddling in the water. There’s a look out and small cove only accessible on foot at the end of Whangaumu St following the Ngunguru Walkway path which is narrow and high up in places, so watch little kids. Not…

Ngunguru Playground, Tutukaka

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There aren’t many playgrounds in the Tutukaka area but there is a fully fenced one in Ngunguru with a good range of equipment and a shade sail over part of it. There’s a grassy area outside of the fenced playground area which is good for running around, ball games etc…

Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

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Puke Ariki is home to a museum, library, tourist info and community rooms. This recommendation is for the museum which has been renovated in 2015/2016 becoming more hands on and interactive for kids. There are numerous galleries housing everything from dinosaur skeletons to a history of the first settlers, lots of taonga…