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Wellington's top 10 playgrounds

Wellington has some 50 well equipped public playgrounds - many located in some of the city's most scenic areas, such as the waterfront, Oriental Bay and Botanic Gardens. Many are also conveniently located close to great cafes and gelaterias. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the best Wellington playgrounds.

Freyberg Beach Playground, Oriental Bay

A huge rope climbing frame is a feature that will delight 5-and-ups and put a lump in throats of nervous parents. Either side of that is a toddler-sized slide-&-tunnel and a large and varied climbing platform. Best of all, it's located next to on a mini-beach built with sand especially barged in from Golden Bay, alongside the famous Boat Cafe (it's an actual tugboat), should coffee be required. With comfortable grassed area facing the harbour and Oriental Bay fountain, its a beautiful spot for fish & chips on a summer's evening, which can be fetched from the nearby Mt Vic Chippery.

Botanic Garden Playground, Wellington

This playground has plenty of big and exciting slides, ride-ons and climbers. There's a pair of long slides with a tunnels over the top half, that are reached by a good platform climb, a four-armed 'octopus' ride on (pivots around and in and out from a central pole), and a flying fox. Space Place at Carter Observatory and Wellington Cable Car are just a little further up the hill, meaning a whole day can be built around it. 

Avalon Park, Lower Hutt

If you're heading into the Hutt Valley, make a detour to Avalon Park. A series of playground areas with equipment for all ages, surrounded by grassy parkland it's a great place to stop for a family picnic. The new park was redeveloped in 2016 and it is now one of the most modern playgrounds in New Zealand.