Make the most of St Heliers Bay playground and beach

Make the most of St Heliers Bay playground and beach

St Heliers Bay Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

St Heliers Bay Playground is one Auckland for Kids favourite beachside playgrounds for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school aged kids. The playground is partially fenced playground and is  next to St Heliers Bay beach where the kids can go swimming, build sand castles or explore the rock pools.

Auckland for Kids Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers and preschoolers and primary school aged children;

  • Public toilets and changing rooms;

  • Drinking fountains;

  • Picnic tables;

  • The playground is partially fenced on the road side of the park, however it is not fenced on the beach side of the park so you will need to keep an eye on your younger children.

  • St Heliers Beach is right next to the playground, and has stunning views out to Rangitoto

  • Small carpark next to the playground on Cliff Road, however you can usually find street parking nearby on Cliff Road, Tamaki Drive and Vale Road. 

Kids Perspective:

“I like playing chase around playground with my friends and playing on the climbing frame and basket swing. 

It’s fun to climb on the rocks that go down to the sea, and find out if any sea animals are in the rock pools.”

St Heliers Bay Playground Climbing Frame


St Heliers Bay Playground is located at the end of Tamaki Drive where it intersects with Cliff Road and Vale Road. 

St Heliers Village is very close to the playground and has lots of shops, cafes and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Our favourite sushi shop in the village Cecil Sushi is just across the road from the park in the first block of shops. In the heart of the village is St Heliers Bay Library which has a good children’s book section and regular free activities for kids, plus the and Paper Plus shop which has good toy section and children’s book section.

Other family-friendly playgrounds, parks and beaches in local surrounding neighbourhoods include:
Madills Farm Playground which is fully fenced and suitable for all ages within Madills Farm Recreation Reserve in Kohimarama;
– Kohimarama Beach where the kids and family can go swimming;
– Kepa Bush Reserve in Mission Bay where you can go on a family bush walk with the kids and see large manuka, puriri, kohekohe and totara trees.
– Mission Bay Beach and Playground
– Vellenoweth Green is a large flat open grassed area where you can kick a ball around or have a picnic. On the far side of the green is the Saint Heliers Tennis Club and Saint Heliers Bowling Club.
– Dingle Dell Reserve in St Heliers has walking tracks through the native bush for families. 
– Glover Park in St Heliers with a playground for kids and sports fields to play on;
– Churchill Park in Glendowie is a working farm that kids can explore;
– Karaka Bay Beach is on the western shore of the Tamaki Rive mouth in Glendowie;
Crossfield Reserve in Glendowie which has a playground, basketball court and a concrete dish;
Roberta Reserve Playground in Glendowie, Auckland in Glendowie; and
– Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve