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Parks and playgrounds are a fun way to let the kids blow off some steam but with adventurous toddlers or preschoolers in tow sometimes a bit of pre-planning is required! Wellington has an abundance of beautiful parks and kid's play areas, in fact the city boasts over 105 playgrounds! 

We’ve put together a list of our top fenced playgrounds in Wellington city to keep your little ones safe (and contained).

Haitaitai Community House Waipapa Play Area
Don’t miss this little gem in the heart of Hataitai. This playground has all the equipment to keep your little ones happy, including two baby swings, a toddler-sized fort, a see-saw, and sandpit (with shade cover). Bring a ball to kick around on the adjacent lawn of the Hataitai Bowling Club. There is plenty of street parking on Waipapa Road.

Tip: Bring toys for the sandpit.


Pirie Street, Mt Victoria
Located right next to the Mt Vic bus tunnel (Mt Victoria side) this playground is great for toddlers and school-aged children. The main playground comprises four swings (including two baby swings), a half-sized basketball court, monkey bars, climbing frames, and plenty of grass to kick a ball around. There is a fully-fenced area for toddlers with a climbing fort, fire truck, and slide. There are walking tracks to Mt Victoria’s summit but please note these are not suitable for buggies.

Tip: If your kids are bus enthusiasts, this park is great for spotting buses coming and going through the bus tunnel. 


Kilbirnie Play Area
This playground is located next to the Kilbirnie Plunket rooms, Ruth Gotlieb Library, and Kilbirnie Recreation Centre. It has a large fenced area for toddlers complete with a climbing fort, see-saw, slide, and trees for climbing. The main park features swings, a climbing fort, a small flying fox, monkey bars, and a slide.

Tip: Mature trees provide excellent shade for the park but it also means the park can be a little chilly. Bring a jumper (or jacket in winter).

Wellington Botanic Garden Play Area
A visit to the playground at Wellington Botanic Gardens is a highlight for many children. The play area features a flying fox, plenty of swings, seesaws, an awesome fort with two large slides, plus a rocktopus. The fenced area overlooks the main playground which is great if you have older kids who want to explore. Pack a picnic and spend a few hours exploring this treasured Wellington park.

Tip: Take a ride on the Cable Car from Lambton Quay. The playground is a 5-10 minutes walk from the terminal.

Constable Street Play Area
This small park is situated next to Newtown Library and features a fort, bridge, and slide. There are no swings so there’s no fighting over whose turn it is!

Tip: There are 20-minute car parks available on Constable Street.


Wadestown Play Centre Play Area
Wellington Multiples hosts a weekly playgroup here on Wednesdays however the playground is also available for public use. There is ample space for the kids to roam around plus all the favourite play equipment including swings, seesaws, and climbing fort.

Tip: Bring a snack and enjoy the shade-covered picnic tables.

All Wellington City Council play areas meet New Zealand safety standards and are smoke-free areas.

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