Every kid loves a playground, and West Auckland has an amazing array of swings, slides, flying foxes, sand pits and water play areas to delight kids of all ages. Take your pick of these 10 glorious playgrounds in West Auckland and get exploring.
Where: Corner of Maki Street and Kokano Road, Westgate
One of the newest playgrounds in West Auckland can be found out at Westgate, the well-equipped playground provides plenty of play opportunities for kids of all ages. The custom tower is built from old strawberry crates to honour the heritage of the area, and features a winding slide to get back down, there are mini trampolines, mini carousels, swings, slides, seesaws, a cable way, balance balls, and tunnels and a miniature climbing wall, and confidence course, sand pit and water play area. There is something for everyone at Kopupaka Reserve, including the adults with an outside gym set up.
Where: Beauchamp Drive, Massey
Royal Reserve has a large playground, learn to ride track, basketball courts and large open grass space to play. The amazing playground has climbing towers, swings and slides, including a 2-metre wide hill slide.
Where: Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
The Whoa Studios Urban Playground is truly one of a kind, with amazing attractions like the rocket ship, pirate cove, mission control and the dragons cave there is an adventure waiting for every child at this playground. Also home to New Zealand’s only crochet playnet that will delight every child.
Where: Portage Road, New Lynn
Olympic Park straddles Wai Tahurangi stream, feeding into the Whau River. With plenty of open spaces to run around and space for picnics, basketball courts and a concrete cycling velodrome provide plenty of opportunities for activity. The state-of-the-art playground, sand pit and climbing nets mean there is something fun for the whole family.
Bruce Mclaren Memorial Park
Where: Hindmarsh Street, Henderson
Bruce Mclaren Memorial Park may be one of the coolest playgrounds in West Auckland. The showpiece is the amazing replica of a formula 1 racing car as part of the playground, there are swings and a slide too, but the car is a major drawcard.
Where: Seaview Road, Piha
Piha Domain is within walking distance to Piha beach, and features swings, slides, climbing net, rope bridge and tyre merry-go-round. The domain also has plenty of picnic tables and seating, a basketball half court and sports fields, and barbecues.
Te Rangi Hiroa (Birdwood Winery Estate Reserve)
Where: Glen Road, Ranui
Te Rangi Hiroa is more of a confidence course than a playground and is best suited to older kids who are great at climbing and balancing. There are rope nets, climbing walls, and membrane slides in this action-packed course for kids.
Where: Parrs Cross Road, Oratia
Parrs Park is one of the ultimate parks to go to, and if you haven’t been then you’re missing out. There’s an 11 metre tower with slides, a climbing wall, talking tubes and binoculars, as well as an interactive water feature, swings, rockers, a merry go round and a sand play area. the kids won’t want to leave.
Tui Glen Park
Where: 2 Claude Brookes Dr, Henderson
Located in Henderson, Tui Glen Park is one of the most exceptional playgrounds, bursting with a range of equipment to keep the children entertained for hours. The treetop-themed park was designed to reflect the natural landscape of trees, allowing the children to feel adventurous up high at tree level, in a safe environment. The open-plan playground includes slides, climbing nets, rope bridges, a basket swing, and a flying fox to ensure all children are kept busy with something to play on. With picnic tables, a barbecue, public toilets, and parking, this is the perfect family getaway for a couple of hours out-of-doors.
Xena Park Playground
Where: Lake Panorama Drive, Henderson
Xena Park is right across from Lake Panarama in Henderson Heights. The playground features all the classics, seesaws, slides, swings, and climbing frames. Make sure you also enjoy the beautiful scenery and walk around the lake where you can enjoy a lovely walk through native trees and vegetation, spot some birds and see the water Lillies growing on the lake.
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