Grey Lynn Park Pump Track

Six of the best playgrounds Auckland city has to offer

If the same old jungle gyms are getting stale, then perhaps it’s time to shake up your recreational routine. With a no shortage of truly epic playgrounds scattered around the city, why not give a new one a go?

Waterview Reserve
Herdman Street, Waterview
Cool Factor: With separate playgrounds for big and little kids as well as a water-play area, this new hub was designed with the help of a strict panel of advisors — local primary school students.

Snakes And Ladders Park
42 Bramley Drive, Farm Cove
Cool factor: A life-sized board game where the kids become the playing pieces.

Snakes and Ladders Park

Tui Glen Reserve
2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson
Cool factor: Giant wooden teepees, dual flying foxes, a tree hut and serious slides. Better for big kids.

Grey Lynn Park
48 Dryden Street, Grey Lynn
Cool factor: The banging new pump track. A winding bike course littered with jumps, bumps, twists and turns.

Takapuna Beach Reserve Playground
14 The Strand, Takapuna
Cool factor: The most inclusive park in town, it caters to all ages and abilities with plenty of wheelchair-appropriate playthings — including a trampoline.

Takapuna Beach Playground

Cox’s Bay Reserve
66 West End Road

Cool factor: After a recent refresh, this park offers it all, including the occasional food truck conveniently parked in the car park opposite.

Image credit: Grey Lynn Park Pump Track image by Keith and Sandy


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