For background information, please read The Playground Files.

This list of South Island Partially Fenced Playgrounds is organised alphabetically by local council,  and then alphabetically by playground name/location. The very small list of Christchurch Partially Fenced Playgrounds isn’t included, as there is a separate Christchurch list. Where possible, I have included comments from the parent or parents who nominated the playground.

I am sure that there must be plenty of Partially Fenced Playgrounds in the South Island that I don’t yet know about! Please send me the details of any playgrounds that you believe would qualify under this category. 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 you feel that the information below is inaccurate in any way.

Clutha District Council

Christie Street playground

Christie Street, Balclutha


Date added: 25/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Partially fenced with just the back corner, which goes on to a neighbouring property and the small roadside/only entrance unfenced. Best for primary school aged kids (my 3 year old find it too challenging), but there’s a large amount of grass that’s great for kicking a ball around, etc. On a quiet street so fairly safe. A couple of nice big trees for shade.”

Kaka Point playground

The Esplanade, Kaka Point


Date added: 23/02/17

Parent’s comment: “Fenced with latched gate at the road side. The only part unfenced is the back edge which is pretty impenetrable because of the amazing garden/hill. Equipment is a little run down but our four kids (aged from 1 to 6 years old) all found something to play on. Lots of seating too.”

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Dinosaur Park

100 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Only partially fenced along the park by the stream but the rest facing the lake front is not. My parents lost my 2 year old there recently and someone told them he’d gone to the wharf on the lake to feed the ducks!!!”

Westland District Council

Cass Square playground

Weld Street, Hokitika

Date added: 22/01/17

Parent’s comment: “Hokitika’s Cass Square playground is partially fenced. The unfenced part is the rugby field side so still pretty safe.”

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