Activity Category: Playground

Aotea Lagoon, Porirua

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Big playground with a separate, gated preschoolers’ area, a pond with ducks and a lagoon make up Aotea Lagoon. This is just off SH1 north of Porirua and is definitely the best playground in the area in terms of equipment, variety and space. The main feature of the general playground…

Airplane Playground (Harvard Adventure Park), Pahiatua

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This playground is probably most famous for having a bright yellow airplane with a slide coming out of it, as one of the pieces of equipment! The sign says it’s for the use of kids under 14 years old. But there’s equipment suitable for all ages including a momentum swinging…

Free Activities at Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast

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The beach at Waikanae is long, wide and sandy. Great for strolls, buckets and spades and even, if the tide is out, kids riding bikes! If it’s warm enough, the sea is great for boogie boarding but there aren’t any lifeguards so you’ll really need to supervise kids in the water…

Mount Victoria Lookout and long slide, Wellington

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An accessible lookout point from the centre of Wellington is at the top of Mount Victoria. The view from the top is great on a clear day with lots of photo opportunities. You can drive up to the top, through the winding streets of Mount Vic and Roseneath. You can…

Volcanic Playground , Rotorua

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The equipment here is fairly traditional – swings, slides, monkey bars, things to climb and balance on but there’s a reasonable range including a section for younger kids (not fenced or sectioned off). As a whole, there should be something for a good range of ages. There’s also a large grassy…

Leamington Domain, Cambridge

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Lots on offer here for outdoor fun. There’s a good playground (several slides, swings, obstacle course including monkey bars), although it’s near the main road with no fencing so kids with a tendency to run off, will need to be carefully monitored. Miniature trains also run on Sundays, weather permitting, including a…

Parana Park, Hamilton

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This park on the edge of the Waikato River, has a large water feature in the form of a summer pool, made up of 3 separate pools – very popular with kids of all ages. Note the warning sign near the pools though, advising that due to the natural location, kids…

Minogue Park, Lake Rotokaeo, Hamilton

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The playground opened in 2015 with several different pieces of equipment especially suited to younger kids like the mini trampolines, set into the matting. There’s also 2 mini tunnels set into the grassy hills, dual flying foxes, a mini spider web climbing rope and a bike track goes all round the…

Hamilton Lake Domain (Rotoroa) Playground

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This playground is popular for its big fort-like structure with bridges, a steep and decently long tunnel slide, bucket swings and water channels that can be turned on/off and kids can try to redirect or dam up the flow. There should be something for all ages at this playground. It’s worth…