Barry Curtis Park, Skatepark & Playground

Barry Curtis Park, Skatepark & Playground

Sir Barry Curtis Park
Aerial View of Barry Curtis Park including the Skate Park and Basketball Court

Discover one of New Zealand’s largest and favourite urban parks, Barry Curtis Park with the kids.  With a skatepark, basketball courts, children’s playground, walkways, picnic areas and more for families of all ages to enjoy together. The urban park is over 90 hectares and has protected stream and gully areas with ponds and wetlands. Barry Curtis Park was named after the long serving major of Manukau City from 1983 to 2007.

Pukekohe Sculptures at Barry Curtis Park, Auckland for Kids
Pukekoe bird sculptures | Photo: Auckland for Kids
Bird Hide Towers Barry Curtis Park Playground
Climbing the bird hides | Photo: Auckland for Kids

The nature themed playground in the park has a younger kids area and high sculptures and a climbing net for older kids to play on. We love the the giant corten and stainless steel pukekos, bird’s nests and bird hide towers in the playground. 

The large skatepark and one basketball court is on the corner of Chapel and Ormiston Roads. There is a Sports Pavilion and Plaza next to the sports fields with toilets, showers and changing sheds. The plaza is semi-covered so you can shelter from the sun and rain while waiting to play or watching the some of the fields.

Sports Pavillion at Barry Curtis Park
Sports Pavillion | Photo: Auckland for Kids
Basketball court at Barry Curtis Park
Basket ball court | Photo: Auckland for Kids

Auckland for Kids tips about visiting Barry Curtis Park

  • Suitable for children, teenagers and adults.

  • The basketball courts are in different areas of the park. So if one is busy have a look as the other may be free.

  • Large skatepark for the kids, which can get busy on weekends and in the school holidays.

  • Lots of sports fields for your family to play some games and active activities.

  • Lots of flat concrete paths for the kids to learn to ride or scooter as well as being buggy and wheelchair friendly.

  • Plenty of picnic tables throughout the park.

  • Public toilets at various locations throughout the park.

  • It’s a large park so if you have little ones, you may not get to discover the whole park in one visit.

Sports Fields Barry Curtis Park
Sports Fields at Barry Curtis Park | Photo: Aiuckland for Kids

Where is Barry Curtis Park?

You can find Barry Curtis Park bordered by Stancombe Road and Ormiston Road in Ormiston in East Auckland, New Zealand. 

What other fun places are there to go with kids near Barry Curtis Park?

If you are going to Barry Curtis Park and want to explore other kid-friendly places nearby we recommend:

  • Discovering Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple;

  • Visiting the nearby Hughs Way Playground in Riviera Drive Park in Flat Bush;

  • Playing badminton at the Li-Ning Badminton Centre;

  • Going shopping or getting a bite to eat at Botany Town Centre; and

  • Getting out some books from the Botany Libray or the Tupu Youth Library in Otara.