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Five of Manawatū's top playgrounds

FIVE OF MANAWATŪ'S TOP PLAYGROUNDS

With an abundance of playgrounds in Manawatū, here are our top picks to entertain your tamariki for hours. From slides to swings, Rocketships to rock-climbing walls; explore our region's playgrounds for some fantastic free fun all year round!

VICTORIA ESPLANADE

A local’s favourite, Victoria Esplanade’s junior playground is a popular spot on a glorious sunny day. The kids will stay sheltered under the shade sails as they have fun with their friends at Manawatū's largest playground.

Spend hours on the giant mushrooms, multiple slides and swings, trampolines, mouse wheels and a flying fox for the bigger kids – don’t forget to bring along your scooter, skates or bike to pick up some new skills at the Junior Road Safety Park. 

MEMORIAL PARK

Run, jump, climb and swing through one of Palmerston North’s biggest parks – Memorial Park has something to suit every age and ability. Pre-schoolers will love the puzzles, ladders, ramps and slides, while the big kids take on the climbing walls, forts and giant slides. The Liberty Swing allows children using wheelchairs to enjoy the swing – pick up the access key the Palmerston North City i-SITE in The Square.

If it’s a scorcher of a day, cool off in the fenced paddling pool or in the splashpad – featuring an oversized super-soaker bucket – open daily throughout summer. 

ASHHURST DOMAIN

Located a short ten-minute drive from Palmerston North,Ashhurst Domainhas two extensive playgrounds, including a speedy flying fox. Race down the double slide or drive side-by-side in the play car.

Take a ball or your cricket gear and make the most of the field next door. Picnic and BBQ areas are close by, so this is a perfect go-to for a day out with the whānau!

KOWHAI PARK, FEILDING

Feilding's newest kids playground is a hit. The kids will love exploring the flying fox, towers, slides swings and, climbing walls. It bound to burn lots of energy.

For the younger kids there is a safely fenced play area for them to discover. Grab a seat under the shade sails for a bite to eat. When they've had enough, take a short walk through the nearby fairy garden, or head over the bird aviary and duck pond.

APOLLO PARK

Inspired by Apollo Park’s magical monarch sanctuary, this butterfly-themed playground offers plenty for little ones to spread their wings and play. Fly to another planet on the spinning rocket, and soar into the sky with a face-to-face swing where you adults and children can swing at the same time! With something to suit all ages, this truly is Milson’s hidden gem! 

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