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This list of North Island Fenced Playgrounds is organised alphabetically by local council,  and then alphabetically by playground name/location. Auckland Fenced Playgrounds and Wellington Fenced Playgrounds are not included, as they have their own pages. Where possible, I have included comments from the parent or parents who nominated the playground.

I have no photos of these playgrounds! If you have any photos of the playgrounds mentioned below and would be happy for me to use them, please send them to me. And please contact me if I have missed a Fenced Playground, or if you feel that the information below is inaccurate in any way.

Please note that this list only includes playgrounds that are free, and open to the public. It does not include playgrounds provided to customers of cafes or restaurants.

Carterton District Council

Carterton playground

High Street, Carterton (SH2)

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Great fenced-in playground area – we usually stop here when travelling between Wellington and Hawkes Bay. Large playground with a good portion fenced for littlies.”

Hamilton City Council

Hamilton Lakes Playground

Off Ruakiwi Road and Rotorua Drive, Hamilton

Date added: 22/01/17

Parents’ comments:

“The little kids one at the lake is fenced. Only problem is if it’s weekends or school holidays older kids leave the gates open.”

“It’s not fully fenced and depends on the ages of your kids and if they have bikes.”

“Definitely awesome! We often go if we’re visiting my parents.”

“We love the little kids playground there must see if it’s open again yet. I just don’t like it in the school holidays as there is 3 gates and older kids run in and out leaving the gates open. Otherwise love we have a fenced playground.”

“Just the small kids part but definitely awesome. Doable to take kids on your own!”

“Toddler playground is fenced but the rest of the playground is unfenced.”

“A good fenced toddler/preschooler playground.”

“Except it has THREE gates, none of which close by themselves.”

“Fenced for the younger kids and the older kids one is easily the best park I have been to.”

“Hamilton Lakes Playground and toddler area has been fully redesigned. They have reduced the gates to 2 and added shade sails, but the gates still don’t self close. There is also a covered table area connected to it that can be hired for parties, in the region of $20 I believe.”

The Base Playground

Corner of Te Rapa Road and Wairere Drive, Hamilton

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Fully fenced outdoor playground, in the middle of the Car park. (Along with toilets).”

Hastings District Council

Civic Square playground

Eastbourne Street E, Hastings – next to Hastings Library

Date added: 22/01/17

Lions Community Park playground

Corner of Sylvan Road and Grove Road, Hastings


Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “There is a new park corner of Sylvan Rd and Grove Rd in Hastings, called lions community park, I understand it’s now fully fenced has lots of trees for shade picnic areas plus coin operated bbqs, toilets and a large path for riding bikes or Scooters. Have lots of great places for hide and seek and a range or play equipment for different age groups. The soccer field is right next to it however this is not fenced. We loved this playground as the adults can sit and watch while the children play and not worry about them running off.”

Hauraki District Council

Gilmour Reserve playground

Gilmour Street, Waihi

Date added: 22/01/17

Parents’ comments:

“Fenced playground – on the edge of a lake. Good playground.”

“There is also a fenced playground in Gilmore park, Waihi, although outside of the playground area it is not fenced near the pond which is annoying.”

Horowhenua District Council

Jubilee Park playground

Bath Street, Levin

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Levin also has the Donald Duck Park on Bath Street, which is fully fenced. Great playground, also has a fenced toddler pool and a BBQ.”

Levin Adventure Playground

93 Oxford Street, Levin

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “The under 3s area is fenced off.”

Masterton District Council

Queen Elizabeth Park playground

Dixon Street, Masterton

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Under-3s area is fenced off – rest of the park isn’t.”

Napier City Council

Beach Domain playground

300 Marine Parade, Napier


Date added: 22/01/17

Parents’ comments:

“It’s even fenced into different age groups. It has been so popular since it opened a few years back now.”

“They have done many playgrounds of certain age appeal but all fenced – so you have a better understanding of where your child/children are.”

“There is an AWESOME playground on the Napier waterfront. It is separated into age areas too (fences between, but you can easily see through them) so you don’t get older kids hogging all the equipment/being too adventurous, etc. I can also have the older kid doing her thing, but not worry about her wandering off too far.”

“A number of different styled ‘play areas’ for kids!”

Kiwi Play Safe comment: We LOVED this playground when we visited Napier late in 2015! I think it’s the best playground in New Zealand. The way that play equipment for different age groups is fenced separately makes it very easy to keep track of your multiple children, and there’s a great range of things to do. The nearby coffee cart is also very welcome.

New Plymouth District Council

Brooklands Zoo

30 Brooklands Park Drive, New Plymouth

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “In New Plymouth, the only outdoor fenced playground is at our free little zoo. So the fence is around the zoo grounds but that’s about 1/2 acre (? roughly) and the whole area is visible from anywhere inside. Includes plenty of grass space for picnics etc too. So kids can run free and play with no risk of escape. Great for families!”

Te Mete Park playground

Corner of Mangorei Road and Te Mete Terrace, New Plymouth

Date added: 22/01/17

Palmerston North City Council

Milson playground

77 Milson Line (corner of Milson Line and Purdie Place), Palmerston North

Date added: 23/01/17

Parent’s comment: “The only fenced playground that I know of in the Manawatu that is fenced is a small one by the Milson Shopping Centre which is in Palmerston North. The equipment isn’t particularly suited to younger children but I would take my toddlers there as they loved having a bit of freedom to explore. It has two swings for older children, climbing net, climbing wall, hanging discs at different heights to walk along, the front of a plane at the front of the wooden construction (down low) with two steering wheels and one other steering wheel up high. There is a higher climbing part with a tunnel also. There is a double slide and there is a little shop front down low along with a low tunnel.”

Rangitikei District Council

Queens Park playground

Corner of State Highway 1 and High Street, Hunterville

Date added: 23/02/17

Council comment: “The Hunterville playground is a great fenced one along SH1 good clean toilets, great coffee across the road, nice trees everything a traveller needs.”

Marton Plunket playground

High Street, Marton

Date added: 23/02/17

Council comment: “Toddler playground.”

Memorial Hall playground

Wellington Road, Marton

Date added: 23/02/17

Tararua District Council

Pahiatua Playground

Main Street, Pahiatua (SH2)

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “An amazing fenced playground. It is very well used.”

Tauranga District Council

Bethlehem Town Centre playground

Bethlehem Town Centre, Tauranga

Date added: 23/01/17

Parents’ comments:

“There is also a fully fenced playground in the Bethleham Town Centre in Tauranga – small, but my three year old loves it.”

“There is also a small outdoor fully fenced park in the Bethlehem shopping complex in the Bay of Plenty. It’s small, but has got shade sails and trees creating shade within the whole fenced area.”

Karaka Street Reserve playground

Karaka Road Reserve, Otumoetai, Tauranga

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “We also have got a fully fenced one on Karaka Road, Otumoetai, next to the kindy. It has slide, swings, climbing apparatus and a big patch of grass to burn off energy!”

Kea Street playground

Kaka Street, Tauranga (or by foot from Kea Street)

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “We have ‘Kea Street’ fully fenced in Tauranga, it is not super exciting but good for small toddlers, it has swings, a roundabout and great little wiggly path for little bikes. Small but fenced!”

Lees Park playground

Corner of Otumoetai Road and Bellevue Road, Tauranga

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Not a great park in terms of the playground!”

Merivale Playground

Corner of Surrey Grove and Fraser Street, Tauranga

Date added: 22/01/17

Whanganui District Council

Handley Park playground

Handley Street, Whanganui

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Handley Park is fully fenced.”

Virginia Lakes Reserve playground

Great N Road, Whanganui (SH3)

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Great little playground with picnic tables and easy access to trails and the aviary.”

Whangarei District Council

Ngunguru Playground

Corner of Pine Road and Kopipi Crescent, Ngunguru

Date added: 22/01/17

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