As summer kicks into full swing, it’s time to grab the kids and hit the road! If you have little ones that like to run around and explore, or if you just love a good outdoor park to spend time in, then here are some awesome playgrounds you should visit this summer.
Whether you are looking for an exciting theme park or just want to play on some colourful equipment, we’ve got it all. Here are the top 10 Numat playgrounds to hit up this summer, as recommended by yours truly!
1. Wanaka Rotary Park, Wanaka
Wanaka Rotary Park, located on the stunning lakefront of Lake Wanaka, has a children’s playground fully equipped with play elements and surroundings to keep the whole family entertained this summer. There is a great junior play structure for the young ones, balance balls, and a surrounding picnic area. Dogs are also welcome around the area but should be kept on leads. Wanaka Rotary Park is close to shops and cafés, has easy access to the lake if you can brave the chilly water, and is surrounded by plenty of shaded areas so you’re safe from the harsh rays of the summer sun. If you are heading down this way this summer, make sure Wanaka Rotary Park is on your list.
2. Kopupaka Reserve Playground, Auckland
The Kopupaka Reserve playground is a great place to keep them entertained during their summer break. Winning the 2021 Parks and Recreation Award, it’s got everything they need to let off some steam; it features a feature slide, an awesome play structure, a water play area, balance balls, and some fun ground markings for all kinds of play. The bright colours and surfacing design create a strawberry field theme that pays respect to the strawberry farming history of the community. There’s no excuse not to visit this playground if you are in the area!
Numat Products Used: Pour’n’Play
Location: Maki Street, Whenuapai, Auckland
Designer: Auckland City Council
What to bring: Sunscreen, and a ball to kick around.
3. Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei
The Whangarei District Council reopened the Town Basin playground in early 2021. This huge new playground is sure to keep kids entertained for hours, with lots of different features like a water-play area, climbing nets, slides, and plenty of space for ball games. If you’re heading there with your family on a weekend, make sure you check out this space. and bring along a little picnic so you can really enjoy your day in the sun.
Numat Products Used: Pour’n’Play
Location: Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei
Designer: Whangarei District Council
What to bring: A ball to kick around, sunscreen, and a picnic lunch.
4. Karori Park Playground, Wellington
With a big focus on accessibility and fun for all, Karori Park is the perfect community, neighbourhood playground to visit! Designed to have accessible entryways, and rubber surfacing that leads between the play areas it’s a simple space to navigate. The playground has a large flying fox, a great claw swing, a junior play structure as well as a larger one, picnic tables, and a trampoline. It is a great space to bring the family and have a little picnic.
5. Parliament Playground, Wellington
Visiting the Beehive is a must if you’re in the capital, but there’s more fun to be had around Parliament. The Parliament Playground is located on the grass area in front of the Beehive and offers the perfect place to take the family for some play-time during your visit. The area is designed with a great structured slide, balance beams, some fun wooden steppers, and a great picnic area for lunch. The playground has great tree shade to protect from the harsh sun and is easy access to some great cafe’s, shops, and places to eat. If you’re in the area, make sure you check this space out!
6. Cornwall Park Playground, Hastings
Cornwall park is the perfect place to spend your day in the sun! It is designed to reflect its surrounding park environment with an oak leaf and acorns theme that plays into the playground. Featuring a great 10-meter-tall Acorn Village climbing structure, a water play area, flying fox, trampolines, memory games, and plenty of shaded areas to keep out of the sun, it really has everything you need to pack your day full of fun! This space has something for everyone, so make sure you check it out!
7. Friendly Bay Playground, Oamaru
The Friendly Bay Playground in Oamaru is a local favourite spot. Located right by the harbour waterfront, this playground features something for everyone; a giant swing structure, a half-court, flying fox, a junior play area, a big climbing structure, an elephant slide, and the most exciting of all, a balanced park featuring a slackline, for the perfect challenge no matter how young or old. The space also includes a BBQ area and is close to many cafe’s, restaurants and local shops, a well as the little beach which is perfect for kids with its sheltered nature. This playground has something for everyone, so make sure you bring your togs, some sunscreen, and some good food.
8. Scarborough Park, Christchurch
The seaside playground of Scarborough Park is located in the little beach area of Sumner and is the perfect play area to visit this summer. The area is close to the water and boasts a great play structure, hamster wheel, climbing nets, and plenty of space for a picnic. The colourful space is full of fun play elements that are sure to keep the kids entertained. With its beachside location it is the perfect end of day stop after a day by the water or the ideal location for a little fish and chips picnic.
Numat Products Used: Pour’n’Play, TopChip
Location: Sumner, Christchurch
Designer: Christchurch City Council Landscape Architect, Jennifer Dray
What to bring: Towel and togs, a picnic lunch, and sunscreen.
9. Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown
Nestled in a picturesque waterfront location, you will find tonnes of entertainment at the Queenstown Gardens Playground. Located in one of the most beautiful locations in the country, the playground overlooks Lake Wakatipu surrounded by the great Remarkables mountain range. Whether you are just passing by or planning to spend your day out and about, this playground is a must to visit. With lots of natural elements like logs and stones that create a sensory experience, the playground also has big balance balls, musical play elements, bridges, swings, slides, and a junior play structure. This playground is the ultimate destination playground for the family this summer.
Numat Products Used: Pour’n’Play, TopChip, PermaPlay, Balance Balls
Location: Marine Parade, Queenstown
Designer: Reset Urban Design
What to bring: A ball to kick around, sunscreen, togs and towel, a picnic lunch, and some bread to feed the ducks.
10. Margaret Mahy Playground, Christchurch
Margaret Mahy Family Playground is one of the country’s largest destination playgrounds. Boasting a great big slide, splash zone, rock climbing mounds, a double flying fox, trampolines, tunnels, climbing nets, high tower structure, a BBQ area, and a great picnic area for those great family fun days. Is there anything this playground doesn’t have?! You won’t be able to resist coming back for more and whether you’re 8 or 80, there’s something for everyone at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.