Activity Category: Playground

Matairangi Nature Trail, Wellington

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This is a sort of obstacle course spread out over half a kilometre, near the Mount Victoria lookout, which encourages both kids and adults to have a go and challenge themselves while taking in the wildlife facts as they go. This could be part of a longer walk through the town…

Playground & Skatepark, Takaka

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Going to the playground or skatepark isn’t necessarily what you’d think of doing when in Golden Bay but sometimes kids just want to be kids and do something that is completely familiar to them even if the setting is new. And let’s face it, if anyone in your party wants…

Woodlands Cafe, Playground and Petting Zoo, Leithfield

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This business saw a change of ownership in the latter half of 2016 and the resulting changes in the cafe and what’s on offer for families, means that it is consistently recommended as a relaxing, family friendly place to go in North Canterbury. The food (all day breakfast and lunch served…

Tahunanui Playground & Beach, near Nelson

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Tahunanui is a suburb about 10 minutes drive south west of Nelson city, in the direction of the airport. It’s well known for its white-sand beach which is long and wide The water here is usually calm and it’s patrolled part time during the summer (Saturday afternoons and Sundays). As…

MacLean Playground and Skatepark, Paraparaumu Beach

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This small playground is set just near the beach and right next to the skatepark so together they make a good destination for multiple ages.  You can’t see the beach from the playground or skatepark but you could keep your eye on a child at the skatepark and the playground…

Lions Community Playground at Windsor Park, Hastings

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This fully fenced playground is right next to Splash Planet, in fact it shares a fence. Equipment includes a pirate ship for climbing on (reminiscent of the old Fantasyland that used to be where Splash Planet is now). There’s a slide coming down and a wobbly bridge going across to…

Russell Park playground and Splashpad, Waipukurau

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Within a bigger reserve, that’s underdevelopment with a skatepark and dirt cycle track going in, there’s a playground and new (end of 2016) mini splashpad. The splashpad makes for good cooling off on a hot day but it is quite small. It’s right next to the playground, so be prepared…

The Vines Village Cafe & Store, Blenheim

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As the name ‘Village’ suggests, there’s a whole lot going on here! The cafe and kids’ activities get the thumbs up – the food is tasty and with the added bonus of things to do, the Vines Village is the type of place that adults might actually be able to relax…

Memorial Park, Palmerston North

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While the local council are planning upgrades for this park, it is already popular among local families for the wide range of activities available here. There’s lots of open space for running around, ball games etc. Bring your skates and practise at the skating rink, bring togs and splash around in…

Playground in the centre of Hanmer Springs

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This playground in the centre of Hanmer Springs, has equipment that suits younger kids (preschoolers?) including swings, a little slide, tunnel and naughts and crosses. Shade sails cover the equipment. There’s also a small creek to fish around in and a duck pond with a track running round it that’s suitable…