Gardens and Parks
Some of the best gardens and parks for families in Auckland, New Zealand.
Take a picnic, a rug, balls, cricket gear and enjoy a family day outside.
Park Road, Grafton
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nzAuckland City’s oldest 75ha park. Formal gardens, duck ponds, kiosk, band rotunda, wintergardens, bush walks, open spaces, sports fields and more.Cost: FREE
Dove-Myer Robinson Park – Parnell Rose Gardens
85 to 87 Gladstone Road, Parnell
Open hours: Pedestrian access 24 hours.
Rose garden with 5,000 rose bushes.
24 Omana Ave, Epsom
Cost: Kids under 12 FREE; Students and Seniors $6, Adults $8
Highfield Garden Reserve & Donkeys
Long Bay Regional Park
Long Bay has 1 km of sandy beach a short walk across the parkland from all of the main car parks. Further north along the Coastal Walk there are two more bays which are suitable for swimming. Facilities include: toilets, playground, bookable picnic sites, bbqs, boat ramps, good cellphone coverage for most of the park, and the historic Vaughan Homestead.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Winter: April to September 8:00am to 6:00pm
Summer: October to March 8:00am to 8:00pm
Cafe Miko is open daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: FREE Entry
Barry Curtis Park
Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon
100ha reserve contains one of the few intact areas of native forest left in Manukau. Explore the wetland and wildlife, talk a walk up to the lookout. There is is a picnic area and toilets.
Cost: FREE entry
Wrights Water Gardens
128 Mauku Road, Patumahoe, Auckland
www.wrightswatergardens.co.nzPonds, colourful gardens and winding pathways surround the iconic Mauku Waterfall. The gardens are a great place for a family day out. Kids especially love our turtles, tadpoles and the eel pond. There are peacocks, turkeys, chickens, alpacas, and even toy poodles roaming around the gardens.
Cost: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids over 5 are $6; Adults $12