Kids New Zealand

Parks and Beaches

Browns Bay

Browns Bay

Browns Bay Beach is a lovely family swimming beach with barbecues. There is parking behind the shopping centre adjacent to the beach and a large recently renovated playground for kids. (see our parks section) Boats can be launched from the beach and there is a ski lane off the shore. For junior skateboarders there is a ramp on the reserve area. Facilities include a large toilet and changing block, as well as lots of cafés and a great ice-cream parlour a few minutes from the beachfront. A great day trip.

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Grey Lynn Park

Grey Lynn Park

The leading attraction of this park in the summer has to be the paddling pool for preschoolers - and it's free! There's an adjacent playground and recreation area with picnic tables and a barbeque. For older kids there's skateboarding and a flying fox as well as lots of fields and paths to explore.

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

Just a short ferry ride 40mins (children under 5 are free on the ferry) across from central Auckland City is Waiheke with it's white sandy beaches and safe swimming. Once you arrive at the ferry terminal at Waiheke you can grab a short bus ride (regular and excellent service) to one of the many great places or hire a car and do some exploring.