• Pip Davidson

Top picks for Central Auckland Playgrounds

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

We all have memories from visiting favourite playgrounds as children. Mine was a short walk from home to Timona Park, Feilding. It had a super steep stainless slide (or at least it felt that way as a child) and the challenge was to run up the hill and get to the bottom without burning yourself. Fortunately for today's children gone are the days of stainless slides and there is so much more creativity in playground design combined with the all important safety aspect.

From boutique to extravagant there is something for everyone and these are our top picks for Playgrounds we have discovered in Central Auckland so far.

Discover Western Park, Freemans Bay

Western Park playground is perfect for all ages from toddlers to teens.

Features include a 25m slide – one of the highest and longest in Auckland. There are two more slides, treehouses, swings, a seesaw, balancing features, small trampolines and a flying fox.

The lower level play area is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The trampolines and carousel equipment are at ground level for easier access and there is a basket swing and spinning equipment.

There are two tennis courts located next to a large green space, beautiful green spaces to walk through or just picnic or relax under the mature trees. For the active adults there is a good range of fitness equipment and paths to run the hills around the perimeter of the park.

Discover Victoria Park, Auckland CBD

Victoria Park sits on an entire block on the fringe of Auckland CBD. The playground, sports field, large trees, skatepark and basketball court provide options for the whole family.

The playground is best suited to school aged children with close proximity to very busy roads and no secure fences. The paths around the path are ideal for walking, running, scootering and bike riding.

The mature trees provide plenty of shade to enjoy a picnic while the family kicks a ball in the park.

Discover Daldy Street, Wynyard Quarter

This is only a tiny piece of what Wynyard Quarter Playspace has to offer and you can easily lose a few hours here exploring the different attractions. The 7 metre high silo inspired playground can be found on Daldy Street, Wynyard, Auckland.

You can visit the fish market, watch the America’s Cup teams prepare for the upcoming races, enjoy one of the many eateries or explore the various playgrounds, splash parks and interactive play structures.

Take scooters or bikes along to explore more of Wynyard or a basketball to shoot some hoops. Currently (October 2020) the whole area is a hive of construction so an added bonus for those children who love things that go, diggers, cranes, trucks and the associated banging and crashing.

Discover Cox's Bay Reserve, Westmere

Cox's Bay provides a great example of how sports and recreational facilities can be incorporated together. Located between Westend Road and Richmond Road there are multiple entrances.

The playground is situated off Westend Road has heaps of great, modern equipment and is suitably fenced to separate the play area from the busy carpark (it’s not 100% fenced). With the sports fields, cricket nets, basketball hoop and walking/cycling path there’s plenty to enjoy. The park also provides BBQs for a family afternoon out complete with a kiwi sausage sizzle.

Discover Sackville Reserve, Grey Lynn

This is a lovely, quiet playground and is perfect for a family with younger children. The playground has seesaw, slides, spiral climber, play hut, interactive panels, climbing wall, swings and a basket swing. The grassy area is well shaded with natural shade and there’s a BBQ and picnic tables too.

While you are in the neighbourhood visit Hakanoa Reserve across the street to take a look at the first Auckland Pollinator Path. This movement aims to connect Auckland’s parks and reserves to make pollination pathways. These pathways help bring crucial pollinators into urban areas to enable the growing urban food network to thrive.

Discover Myers Park, Auckland CBD

Myers Park is a wonderful spot to visit if you're looking for some play time for the family or just some outdoor green space to relax in when in the city. The playground itself doesn't provide a lot of shade but the steep, grassed slopes and mixture of large exotic and native trees provide plenty of natural spaces to take cover from the sun.

The modern playground has a basket swing, various slides, climbing bars, swings and sculptures to climb and play on.

This is a surprisingly quiet park situated within the inner city. You can access the park from Upper Queen Street, Greys Ave, Mayoral Drive or walk through the rear exit of St Kevins Arcade at 183 Karangahape Road.

At Playz we believe children grow and develop through play. Through Sports, arts, cultural activities, adventures and more. Playz views Play as education outside of the classroom. Time to get out and get active! Discover Fun!

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