Here are a selection of Parks you may not know about
Located in Eden terraces, this hidden park is a great spot to hide away from the rush of the city. Throughout summer many families visit this park to enjoy a few hours of after school family fun.
Dingle Dell Reserve
Complete with a coffee shop, great views, a walking track and seating areas this Reserve is filled with native bush and is a great spot located in St Heliers to enjoy the summer air.
Offering stunning views across Waitemata harbour towards Rangitoto this is not a place to miss. Grab a seat in the shade under one of the many Pohutukawa trees to relax and enjoy the view.
Dove-Myer Robinson Park
Containing Parnell’s Rose gardens this wonderful park is a great place to avoid the city traffic. A great place to take a walk in the afternoon sun.
Te Puna Quarry Park
This park, once a quarry has been converted into an amazing park and is a great place to walk around with family and friends. Containing many shady spots and benches this is a great spot to unwind in the afternoon sun. There a number of sculptures throughout the park.
A short 30-minute drive from the centre of Tauranga, these 15-metre falls are a wonderful hidden sport to spend the afternoon. There is a walk required to reach the base of the pools so be sure to bring your walking shoes.
Located at the northern end of the strand this park not only is great to walk around outside but contains a Tropical display house open daily 6am-9pm during daylight saving. Even better, all this is free of charge!
This Great park has a winding walking track that weaves through the park’s playground making it a great place to bring grandchildren. This park contains swimming pools, a fountain, a great playground and even a miniature train that at certain times you can ride.
Wellington/ Lower Hutt:
Wainuiomata Water Collection Area
Surrounded by amazing natural bush this water collection area contains many walks for those who are looking for an active afternoon, however, be aware as this is a water collection area no dogs are permitted. During the summer period guided, walks are even offered meaning you can go into the active water collection areas usually closed to the public.
A great bat overlooking the harbour, bring a windbreaker as this spot is known to be rather windy!
Spicer botanical park
An often-overlooked retreat that has plenty of walks through the native bush and open grass areas. A great place to unwind and enjoy the summer sun.
Containing multiple flower beds and a native bush area this is often thought of as the botanical centre of Lower Hutt. Over the summer months, a paddling pool is open making this another great park to bring the Grandchildren.
New Brighton Pier
If you are an early riser then this is a great spot to get up and catch the sun ride at. If not then it is still a great spot to relax and enjoy the sun in!
Godley Heads walking track
If you are a keen walker then this track is a dream! This 8km loop track provides stunning views. Be sure to bring some good shoes and an extra drink bottle.
Riccarton House and Bush
This Park provides plenty of native bush as well as a guided tour of the house. This 12 Hectare spot provides plenty of great places to enjoy the hot Christchurch weather.
This 2.5km walk located in the port hills is one of the lesser known ones however, this in no way means it is not as good as other tracks. Remarkable views can be seen throughout the entire walk so be sure to pack those walking shoes. The 2.25km track starts from the Cavendish Saddle on Summit Rd with a layby on the eastern side of Mt Cavendish.
Just a few km away from the centre of town this park contains some of the tallest trees in New Zealand along with native wildlife and if you’re feeling brave a seasonal swimming pool! A great place to relax and spend the afternoon.
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Located at the northern part of town this garden was the first ever Botanical garden in New Zealand meaning that over its many years of operation it has had time to grow into one of the most stunning in New Zealand. Many walking tracks twist through the park making it a great place to spend the day.
Signal hill Walk
With stunning views of the town this walk is defiantly not one to miss. Be sure to pack those walking shoes.
Located about 25 Km from the township this great little bay is a place of cultural significance due to the intertribal wars that took place between the Maori. A great place to explore and admire the sea.