Activity Category: Outside

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 walk to Mermaid Pool, 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…

Labyrinth Rocks, Takaka

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The area around Takaka is known for its limestone rock formations and this one is easily accessible to anyone who can walk (narrow paths through the rocks mean it’s not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs or at times, even backpacks). It’s a natural maze and kids seem to enjoy getting lost…

Wild Earth Nature Park, Takaka

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**As of December 2016 Wild Earth Nature Park is under new ownership – Anatoki Salmon. Awaiting reviews to know if it’s being run to the same high standards. Please email me here if you’ve visited and let me know what you think** Only open in the summer months, this is…

Waitangi Skate Park, Wellington

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Waitangi Skate Park is home to lots of skate boarders, kids on scooters and even those on balance bikes at the weekends. It’s a great place for kids to hone their skills with older kids being very mindful of younger ones. But if your kids really lack confidence or no…