Breadcrumb navigation

Delight as ‘magnificent’ Kopupaka playground opened

Published: 6 May 2021

Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the opening of the newest ‘destination’ playground in West Auckland recently, following the completion of the Kopupaka Playground at Westgate.

The playground has been developed to serve the growing community in Westgate and incorporates several unique features.


With a nod to the site’s history as a strawberry field, the playground includes a custom-designed feature play tower that represents orchard crates.

There are junior and senior play areas with three slides and equipment to swing, spin, balance and climb as well as a flying fox, sandpit area and water play feature.

Looped paths around the playground also serve as a bike and scooter track, while there are two kick-a-ball areas, a picnic and BBQ area, an adult fitness hub and accessible car parking improvements at the site entrance.


Waitākere Ward Councillor Shane Henderson says that the playground is located in an area of significant growth.

“Westgate is an area that has seen significant growth over the last few years and is projected to see a continued growth in population which requires investment in services and facilities.

“The Kopupaka playground is one such development that provides families and communities with a facility to visit and enjoy that is right on the doorstep.

“It’s a fantastic example of play provision for the new metropolitan centres in Auckland, which are a vital component of Auckland Council’s strategy for addressing predicted population growth.”


Brenda Brady, Henderson-Massey Local Board Deputy Chair says the board is proud of the playground.

“The board is delighted with this magnificent playground that will cater for the many families that are making the area their home.

“In addition to the top-quality play facilities, the design connects the playground with the history of the site as a strawberry field which is a wonderful touch.

“So many people came here to celebrate the opening because it is simply outstanding, another incredible playground for the people of Henderson-Massey to enjoy and is, without doubt, one of the best playgrounds in all of Auckland.”   


Inspire Series: June – Lisa Walker

An exclusive evening tour of Lisa Walker’s internationally acclaimed jewellery exhibition.

Repairs at Huia Domain, Armour Bay and Titirangi set to begin

Work at two west coast beach car parks will increase safety and improve facilities, while repair work on the Titirangi War Memorial park wall will happen in the coming weeks.

Aucklanders thanked for fighting kauri dieback

Non-compliance with kauri dieback measures on our region's tracks has gone down 30 per cent over the last two years.