Activity Category: Outside

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Havelock Playground water

Reopened in April 2017 after major renovations, this playground now has a big water course running through it. Great for kids who like water play! They can man wheels to control the flow, change the direction and use the shutters to manage the dams. Around the water course, there’s a mini…

Dannevirke Domain playground

Danniverke Playground Viking boat

The theme for this playground is a Viking ship, the ends of which sit between a huge structure of playground equipment including tunnels, climbing walls, bridges, and a double metal flying fox. In other parts of the playground there are swings, including a bucket swing and preschooler swings. There’s preschool equipment…

Fountaine Square playground, Woodville

Woodville Playground younger kids section

If you’re travelling through Woodville, on either SH3 or SH2, this large grassy area just off the highway makes a good place to stop if the weather allows. Even though the State highway is so close, the surrounding streets are quiet and there’s a toilet block at the Pollen &…

Walk/cycle track through Foxton Beach

Walking and bike track Foxton

Although you can’t do a loop that’s all off road, this track is still great for all ages. You can take in 2 playgrounds, see wetland birds, go as far as you want and then turn around or complete a loop by using the pavements. It’s fine for bikes (including balance…

Playground & Skatepark, Foxton Beach

Foxton Beach Playground older kids

This playground lies right in the centre of Foxton Beach and is a real hub for families in the settlement. The playground itself has equipment for all ages. There are seesaws, swings, slides (including a smaller one for preschoolers), ropes for walking along, a very wobbly bridge, wooden posts for…

Lochmara, Queen Charlotte Sound

Lochmara

You don’t need to be staying at this Ecolodge to enjoy all the activities it has to offer. Just a 15 minute water taxi ride from the wharf in Picton, take a picnic and swimming togs and be prepared to spend the whole day. Free activities once you’ve paid to get…

Orakei Domain, Auckland

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On the city side of Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, is this great expanse of grass with a good playground right in the middle. There’s a wooden boat that’s elevated and various options for climbing up and down. There’s a flying fix, swings that meet in the middle, a bucket…

Playground Botanic Gardens, Wellington

Botanic Playground double slide

This playground is a great destination to walk to if you’re spending time in the Botanic Gardens and want to encourage your kids to have a walk. It’s not directly accessible by car and it’s uphill in one direction unless you’re doing a oneway walk! This playground has got an…

Breaker Bay, Kaiteriteri

Breaker Bay

If you’re looking for a beach other than the main beach or Little Kaiteriteri, Breaker Bay is small and beautiful. There’s no road access – you have to walk down stairs and a path from the main road meaning that this beach can be quieter than the other local options.…