Here are ten of the best playground adventures you can find across the region!
1. Tūī Glen Reserve
2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson
Bring your bikes and cruise down the Twin Streams cycleway for this towering pyramid complete with pipe slides, a basket swing, an eagle’s nest, dual flying foxes, a tree hut and sand pit area!
2. Ōtāhuhu Recreation Precinct
30 Mason Avenue, Ōtāhuhu
Give your kids the feeling of exploring one of Auckland’s volcanoes with large grass mounds and craters, slides to the bottom, small ground-level trampolines which are safe and accessible, and plenty more play equipment.
Just a stone’s throw away is a library, aquatic centre and community teaching garden for a full day’s worth of adventure.
3. Rocket Park
Mt Albert War Memorial Park, 751 New North Road, St Lukes
Rocket Park is an Auckland playground institution – there’s something for everyone from preschoolers to pre-teens, including an accessible swing and adult gym equipment.
4. Allenby Park
66 Allenby Road, Papatoetoe
A hugely popular 10m tower slide for big kids plus play equipment for all ages including a sand and water play area and skate park. There’s also ample room to set down a picnic with restrooms nearby.
5. Snakes and Ladders
42 Bramley Drive, Farm Cove
If you’ve ever wanted to play snakes and ladders in real life, here’s your chance! With slides and stepping posts set on a hillside, this recently renovated playground is a hit with the kids.
6. Western Park
Ponsonby Road/Beresford Street, Freemans Bay
With big slides and swings, treehouses and trampolines, this is a fun and accessible playground perfect for all ages.
7. Takapuna Beach Playground
Gould Reserve, The Strand
A beachfront playground with intertwining pipe slides wrapping around an impressive red and gold tower, basket swings, hammocks, a hamster wheel and more plus a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round and trampoline.
8. Waterview Reserve
31 Herdman Street, Waterview
Take the kids on an adventure with water play features, slides, swings, climbing frames, sand, a skate park and learn-to-cycle track and more!
With amenities like picnic tables, barbeque facilities and shady gazebos, it’s the perfect family day out for everyone.
9. Daldy Street Park
Wynyard Quarter, CBD
Daldy Street Park will keep kids of all ages busy with a basketball court, playground, water play area and super-cool 7.5m slide.
10. Birkenhead War Memorial Park
Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead
This hidden gem is the ultimate recreational park for all ages and abilities. Bring your bike, skateboard and scooter or have a play on the BMX pump track for the pros and playground for the younger ones.