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Top playgrounds in the Waikato

The Waikato region is home to many great playgrounds. We’ve compiled a list of the best playgrounds around the Waikato as voted by our Facebook community.

These recreational spaces are perfect for families and children, with swings, slides, and imaginative structures. Waikato’s playgrounds offer a delightful escape for youngsters to explore and play.

Jim Barker Memorial Playground, Ōtorohanga

The Jim Barker Memorial Playground, located in New Zealand’s official ‘Kiwiana Town’ Otorohanga, celebrates kiwi identity by subtly incorporating traditional kiwiana icons throughout the playground.

Location: Huiputea Drive, Ōtorohanga

Hamilton Gardens Playground, Hamilton

Located in Hamilton Gardens, this garden-themed playground includes a treehouse, earthworm slide, swinging equipment and a stage for performances.

Location: Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton East, Hamilton

Hare Puke Park Playground, Hamilton

This destination playground at Hare Puke Park includes a wide range of modern and colourful playground equipment such as a large play net and swing, junior and senior play areas, sand play area and more.

Location: Hare Puke Drive, Flagstaff, Hamilton 

Hamilton Lake Domain Playground, Hamilton

​Located in the heart of Hamilton City and within walking distance from the CBD and Waikato Hospital, this destination playground includes slides and swings, fenced junior and senior units, sand and water play.

Location:  Ruakiwi Road, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton

Papahua Domain Playground, Raglan

This destination playground includes a wide range of playground equipment like climbing modules, swings, spring rocker, space net, slide, pump track as well as a basketball hoop, soccer goal and skate park.

Location:  Marine Parade, Raglan

Tamahere Park Playground, Tamahere

Tamahere Park is home to an impressive playground, skate park and basketball half-court. This destination playground features a hammock, climbing modules and trampolines.

Location: Wiremu Tamihana Drive, Tamahere

Te Aroha Domain Playground, Te Aroha

Upgraded in 2018, this destination playground includes slides, swings, a hamster wheel and a fenced junior play area.

Location:  Boundary Street, Te Aroha