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The Hutt Valley is full of fantastic parks and playgrounds for the young and young at heart. Take a tour through some of our top ones.
Come and enjoy Lower Hutt's adventure playground! Avalon Park has just been re-vamped with new play equipment and places to hang out. The old favourites like the mini train, skate park and cycle training course are all still there, as well as new favourites like Colin the T-Rex, twin flying foxes and sound and water play. Fire up some sausages on the free public barbeques or take the dog for a walk, as long as it’s on a lead.
Maidstone Max in Upper Hutt is action-packed! Featuring an amazing playground with one of the country’s tallest space nets, roctopus, mound playground, 60m flying fox and 1000m2 skate park. Maidstone Max caters to children of all ages and with a free electric barbeques and picnic tables, makes the perfect destination for a fun family day out.
Across the road from one of the most popular swimming beaches in Wellington you'll find Williams Park. Several sports fields give you a chance to kick a ball around or run off some energy and the park backs on to beautiful native bush, great for a wander.
Percy Scenic Reserve is a beautiful park with areas of garden, lawns and native bush. A fantastic place to stop for a picnic or take a wander down a bush track, maybe even see some weta and glow worms in the Weta Cave.
Harcourt Park is perfect in summer with a paddling pool and splash pad for the kids to cool down. There are free barbeques and enough picnic tables and shady trees for everyone. Bring a frisbee for the disc golf course and bigger kids can enjoy a separate playground from the younger ones. If you're up for a bit of a wander you can join the Hutt River Trail from here.
CL Bishop Park is a seaside playground with a fully-fenced toddler play area, picnic tables and a barbecue for you to use. The Eastbourne Summer Pool is right next door, so if you're visiting between November and March you can have a swim too.
Melling skatepark is a purpose built facility. Traditionally designed with street features, it's a great place to test out your skating skills, learn individual tricks and hang out with friends.
A playground in the centre of Wainuiomata, Hugh Sinclair Park is full of adventure. Set on a wide open field there's room to move about here as well as a small skate park next door and shops across the road. A short walk away is Frederick Wise Park with large fields and a BMX track.
This nautical theme will keep kids of all ages happy at Lions Park. A small shop for snacks and drinks is right next door and on Sundays you'll see the miniature railway in action. Just a short walk away is McEwan Park, perfect for kicking around a ball and running off some energy.