Where to find splash pads

Splash pads

Splash pads are the latest safe-water fun to hit New Zealand. Up until now we’ve had a few scattered around the country, but the councils are really coming on board and installing these water pads of fun in our local pools and parks. If you haven’t taken your kids along yet, check out our ultimate list because these are the places to be (and splash) this summer. With fountains to run through, tipping buckets, rainbows of spray, tunnels and puddles to splash in we’re totally there!

Margaret Mahy Playground

Where? 77 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central

Locals are loving this family spot due to the range of fun activities kids can immerse themselves in. Other than the awesome splash pad area, there is a flying fox, climbing wall and windy slide.

Christchurch Developments

Where? New Brighton, Christchurch

The Christchurch City Council are currently constructing a seaside playground and splash pad for families. This complex is expected to have a toddlers’ island, interactive water play area and pirate ship playground.

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre

Where? 63 Kilbirnie Cresent, Kilbirnie

The toddlers’ area here has water cannons and a bucket fountain to ensure your youngsters have loads of fun!

McKenzie Baths

Where? 79 Udy St, Petone, Lower Hutt

The McKenzie Baths have a fantastic interactive splash pad that includes a compression pump and tip bucket. This complex also has a heated toddlers’ pool area for the eager waterbabies out there.

Harcourt Park Paddling Pool

Where? Brown Owl, Upper Hutt

Open between November and March, this splash pad area also has a learn-to-bike track and a large playground on site.

Aotea Lagoon Splash Pad

Where? Aotea Lagoon, Papakowhai

Watch out for this splash pad that is under construction and due to open in the next few weeks. There will be separate areas dedicated to toddlers, families and teenagers.

Marine Gardens Playground

Where? Rosetta Road, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu

Other than its awesome splash pad, this hot spot is also home to a sand play area, a long slide, a flying fox, monkey bars, swings and a four person seesaw.

Splash Planet, Hastings

Where? 1001 Grove Road, Hastings

Splash Planet is known for its incredible hydroslides, despite it having some of the coolest splash areas for kids. The Pirate Fortress and Toddlers’ Pool both have interactive water activities to keep youngsters entertained for hours.

Cornwall Park Playground, Hastings

Where? Roberts Street, Hastings

Cornwall Park is the perfect spot for a weekend stroll and quick splash. Kids will also love the swings and rocking frog nearby.

Napier Aquatic Centre

Where? Maadi Road, Onekawa, Napier

The Napier Aquatic Centre is home to one of New Zealand’s largest and most entertaining splash pads. There are also two thrilling waterslides and a flying fox on site.

DeBretts Taupo Hot Springs

Where? 76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH5, Taupo

This kids’ water playground offers little squirts heaps of enjoyable challenges. Whether it’s turning the big wheel to make a splash or relaxing under the mushroom showers, your kids are going to go home tired and satiated.

Swim Zone, Te Aroha

Where? Te Aroha Domain, off Boundary Street, Te Aroha

Swim Zone has a dedicated toddlers’ area with a giant mushroom splash pad. Although it is a simple complex, families will love the outdoor setting and communal atmosphere.

Potters Park

Where? Corner of Balmoral and Dominion Road

Kids of all ages will love the colourful water play activities at Potters Park, including the awesome tip buckets and mini-explosion jets. Surrounded by large shaded picnic areas, this splash pad is ideal for those in need of a water-tastic family outing.

Otahuhu Recreation Centre

Where? 30 Mason Avenue

Free water fun for the whole family… What more could you want? Other than the awesome splash pads on site, this South Auckland gem also has a gated toddler area, water slide, basketball court and café to keep the whole fam satisfied.

Moana-Nui-A-Kiwia Pool and Leisure Centre

Where? 14 Waddon Place, Mangere

Ideal for toddlers, this splash pad has a bubble pit, waterfall and a friendly orca whale that spurts out water to keep youngsters entertained. Older children can enjoy the bombing pool or go for a ride on the thrilling waterslide. Did we mention it’s free? (Adults, this includes you too.)

Parnell Baths

Where? 25 Judges Bay Road, Parnell

Located near the heart of Auckland city, Parnell Baths is home to saltwater pools, awesome views and a toddlers’ splash pad. With sprinklers and a small slide, young kids are encouraged to gain water confidence and have fun with water.

Albany Stadium Pool

Where? Don McKinnon Drive, Albany

Opened earlier this year, the Albany Stadium has one of the best splash pads in Auckland. Its new design and interactive features make it an awesome spot for youngsters. A climbing wall and small water slide can also be found within the complex.

Myers Park

Where? 72 Greys Avenue, Auckland Central

One of the oldest parks in Auckland has opened a splash pad area for families to enjoy. Kids will need to cool off after all the fun they have in the play area nearby.

Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre

Where? 29 Lagoon Drive, Panmure

In the summer months, this complex has an outdoor splash pad ideal for toddler-parent bonding. The rest of the family can enjoy the rapid hydroslide and dive wells that are also on site.

Waterview Splash Park

Where? 31 Herdman Street, Waterview

This splash pad has a little bit of everything. From safe water-play, to super-cool slides, barbecues, a skate park and a BMX track! There’s buckets of summer-themed fun to be had everyday.

Catalina Water Play Park

Where? On the corner of Onekiritea and Tuatua Rd, Hobsonville Point

The long-awaited water play park has opened in Hobsonville Point. Everybody loves it – on lazy weekend mornings you can spot families gathering around the barbecues, and kids dashing out to the waterways.

Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool and Leisure Centre

Where? Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga

This long-awaited splash pad has recently closed, but should be open for Christmas. Bring along a packed lunch, sunnies and a smile for the re-opening – get ready to celebrate with a splash. Contact the centre for details here.

More Splash Pads Coming to Auckland Soon…

Where? Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, Whangaparaoa

ANZ has teamed up with the Auckland Council to create a new family-friendly splash pad on the coast. It will be open by the 15th of December — keep an eye out so your family can experience the fun ASAP.

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