Auckland’s marvelous (all weather) water fun for kids

We all know that unpredictable weather never puts kids off swimming if the water’s warm, so we’ve found the H²O fun in Auckland including slides, splash pads, lazy rivers, and pool parties. Grab your togs, pack a lunch, and prepare for an epic family day out.

 

WEST WAVE

Where: 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson

One of West Auckland's family favourites, West Wave is ideal for all ages and abilities. With one of the longest hydro slides in New Zealand and a lazy river to catch your breath at the end, we recommend you give this aquatic centre a visit if your families eager for some action.

 

PARAKAI

 Where:  150 Parkhurst Road, Parakai

With two thrilling waterslides and large indoor and outdoor pools, Parakai will ensure the whole family is occupied for hours and hours (that includes the grandparents). There is also plenty of car parking, and picnic areas are available to ensure you have a relaxing and affordable day out.

WAIWERA THERMAL RESORT

Where: 21 Waiwera Road, Auckland

Home to 26 pools and several slides, Waiwera is what kids dream about when they hear the words, “Let's go swimming.” There is something for everyone here, including the fast and furious Green Twister hydro slide, kids’ lazy river, and the movie pool for relaxation time.

 

ALBANY STADIUM POOL

Where: Don McKinnon Drive, Albany

Newly opened in 2017, Albany Stadium is an exciting swimming complex designed for family fun. Other than the over-the-pool climbing wall and water cannons, this pool also has a small waterslide toddlers will love.

 

MOUNT ALBERT POOL

Where: 38 Alberton Ave, Mt Albert

Caribbean Pirates, waves, and an awesome hydro slide are just some of the fun you will have at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre. A dedicated toddler area is also on site to keep your little water babies happy.

 

MOANA-NUI-A-KIWA POOL AND LEISURE CENTRE

Where: 14 Waddon Place, Mangere

If your family is eager for another swim, this South Auckland gem is the ultimate splash pad for children. With five pools including a bombing pool and two exhilarating hydro slides on site, it’ll be hard not to have fun.

 

MASSEY PARK POOL

Where:  2 Ron Keat Drive, Papakura

Whether you want to chill out in the lazy river, jump over the oncoming waves in the leisure pool, or feel the thrill the hydro slide offers, Massey Park Pool has everything necessary to keep your children entertained for hours.

 

LAGOON POOL AND LEISURE CENTRE

Where: 29 Lagoon Drive, Panmure

With an outdoor splash pad, dive well, and rapid hydro slide, this is another awesome family-friendly pool we recommend you visit. Keep in mind these activities are only open in the summer months, but heated indoor pools are on site for the winter season.

 

Otahuhu Pool and Leisure centre

Where: 30 Mason Ave, Otahuhu

There’s a new splash pad and bombing area for kids at the pool to add to the family spa, small water slide and separate bombing pool. The Otahuhu Pool and Leisure Centre is free for families, so make a day of it and utilise the basketball courts and new playground next to the field.

 

VECTOR WERO WHITEWATER PARK

Where: 77 Great South Road, Wiri

Offering an artificial river and water course for families, this water attraction is ideal for those wanting to feel a rush of adventure. The River Rush and Pump Waterfall are just some of the fun activities you can try on the rafts and kayaks while at Vector Wero. Hold on to the boat as you go down the slide!

By Finn Jelicich
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