Wellington is the best tourist spot in New Zealand. If you are having kids with you to stroll then they too have much to enjoy from great food to finest and attractive playgrounds.
Though Wellington has some 50 well equipped public playgrounds in and around the city like at waterfront area, Oriental Bay area and at Botanic Gardens or few located near great café houses.
Here are the best 10 cool playgrounds that kids as well as you will just love to be there.
1. Frank Kitts Park Playground Waterfront
Frank Kitts is one of the most popular playgrounds in the city, known for its huge lighthouse slide. Also kids can enjoy other swings, a climbing structure and spring ride-ons This playground is located in the heart of all the waterfront activity.
You and your kids can relish an icecream from the nearby van and might even have a close up with a helicopter take off from the wharf opposite.
2. Freyberg Beach Playground, Oriental Bay
Freyberg Beach Playground is located in Oriental Bay area. You will love to find a huge rope climbing frame feature that will delight your kids. Either side of this you can bring in your toddler for a slide and tunnel and a large climbing platform for kids to jump in and out.
This playground as is located near a mini-beach built with sand especially barged in from Golden Bay. With comfortable grassed area facing the harbour and Oriental Bay fountain, its a beautiful spot for some picnic type adventure. If you feel hungry or your kids want some chips you can have them from nearby Mt Vic Chippery.
3. Botanic Garden Playground, Wellington
At Botanic Garden playground you too will become a kid here as this playground has plenty of big and exciting slides, ride-ons and climbers.
There’s a pair of long slides with a tunnels over the top half as you can see in the picture above and that are reached by a good platform climb. Then there is a four-armed ‘octopus’ ride on pivots around and in and out from a central pole, and a flying fox. Also you can spend some time at Space Place at Carter Observatory to watch some space activities or have a ride in Wellington Cable Car little further up the hill and have fun.
4. Homebush Road Playground Khandallah
Wellington’s secret playground, with astounding views of the harbour this is a basic playground with swings but it is surrounded by a large field and landscape view that will attract you. You need to walk down a wide track off Homebush road to get there.
The entrance to the track is about half-way along Homebush road . Kids will love See-saw, spiderweb climber and a slide-&-tunnel platform structure. You as a parent will love the incredible panoramic views right across Wellington Harbour, from Hutt Valley to the CBD.
5. Ben Burn Park Playground, Karori
Next to the Karori Park pavilion there is a small playground and open to a busy road but it does include a couple of interesting pieces of equipment like the circle of “rocks” that kids can run around and a flying fox. The park itself has a great bike or scooting track around it.
There are bucket swings that kids will just love. Also as it is a sheltered spot you will experience not much of heat on a windy day. Also there is a cafe in the Pavillion for some eateries, a free parking zone and karori shopping center close by.
6. Shorland Park Playground, Island Bay
Shorland Park near Island Bay is a famous beach side playground. With large open spaces to run around, swings, a long slide, pirate ship, concrete tunnels, a band rotunda and wood-based climbing structures kids will have ample time to spend and enjoy. With parking facility there is no issue for your vehicles to stand.
For the grannies the playground park is accessible by a wheelchair.
7. Wadestown Playground, Wadestown
Wadestown playground is full fenced playground to keep kids safe in a fun filled enclosure. Though it is a small playground but it is very well designed and has a great climbing platform with suspended tunnel, bridge, slides, mini flying fox and more.
Also the playground is equipped with swings, see-saws, a big metal slide across the park. Also you can find good time to spend here with kids like a small picnic time. The entire park is also fully fenced and gated, so you can relax and let them run free.
There is free parking allowed here and also the ground has toilet and change facilities when the plunked rooms are open. When the Plunket rooms are closed, the nearest toilets are in the small carpark opposite the Wadestown Kitchen cafe.
8. Avalon Park Playground, Lower Hutt
The Hutt Valley is popular for playgrounds. At Avalon Park you will find series of playground in and around the area.
The playground is well equipped for all ages, surrounded by grassy parkland it’s a great place to stop for a picnic.
A big old-school wooden fort sits on an ‘island’ in a picturesque pond, various climbers and swings have the older ones covered. The kids have a great space to enjoy freely surrounded by a white picket fence.
9. Katherine Mansfield Park Playground, Thorndon
Katherine Mansfield Park, Thorndon is a lovely little playground on the corner of Fitzherbert Terrace and Hobson Street.
Amidst the green trees and beautiful garden kids will find great swings like disc swing where you along with your little one can easily lie together and rock. Also there is a long tube slide and rope-climbing structures that are good for younger kids.
There is free parking on Fitzherbert St so no worries for vehicles while you enjoy at the ground.
10. George Denton Park Playground, Highbury
Highbury are is great area with thick green trees around. You can enjoy stupendous views over the city and harbour. It’s one of those areas that you probably know little of, but once you live there, you might never leave. You can reach the George Denton Park within 10 minutes drive from the city. Also you can visit Polehill Reserve to the south and eastern flanks of Highbury.
The playground has open spaces, plus swings and a great range of entertaining and physically challenging equipment. There’s even play equipment clearly designed to get adults in on the fun, like the overhead grinder that travels along a rail.
These gully areas were once covered in native forest, cleared for farming upon European settlement and have slowly regenerated back to native plant reserves since the 1980’s. The gully’s provide numerous walking and mountain biking tracks.
Adjoining the Highbury is the famous Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary on its eastern side. This 225 hectare sanctuary is surrounded by a predator fence that helps protect a number of endangered or regenerating species including Tuatara lizards, 40 native bird species and native freshwater fish.