Kowhai Park Whanganui
The best playground in New Zealand!
The riverside Kowhai Park has entertained and delighted children over the decades and is one of the top attractions in Whanganui! A must for families with young children and a favourite for all. Parents who played there while young bring their children back to experience the same fun they had at Kowhai Park!
A hollow octopus head allows children to climb over the eyes, stand inside and peer out while swings are suspended from the giant tentacles spreading in all directions. The slides are fantastically unconventional as a studded dinosaur back, to the tail of a whale, spiralling inside a clock tower and of course the “Old Woman’s Shoe” inspired by the old nursery rhyme of the same name.
Sit on a turtle or a toadstool, swing your legs besides Humpty Dumpty on his wall, stop and have a chat with the Three Bears and save Miss Muffett from the spider.
Waterplay fountains are safe and such a delight on a hot day! Don’t forget the little merry-go-round and try the rocket ship to the moon or become a pirate on board the big ship. Wiggle through interconnecting tunnels under a concrete mountain or “rock climb” your way to the summit.
A bigger adventure fort is in place, built amongst the trees for climbing, sliding and sailing through the air on a wonderful flying fox. The castle has a moat, towers and a courtyard and even a slide from the top to the bottom. Take a picnic and make a day of it using the tables inside the giant orange pumpkin. You might even meet Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble!
Previously part of the Esplanade at Wanganui East work began on Kowhai Park 1959 by the Jaycees to develop the playground. Community contributions to the park are ongoing with combined Wanganui District Council, Lions Club and Rotary Club input, maintenance and fundraising ensure this stays a city treasure.
The James MacGregor Memorial Park is adjacent Kowhai Park and extends further along the river with serene woodland and picnic areas, perfect for a relaxed stroll.
Kowhai Park whanganui
The Tot Town Railway is a fun miniature railway circling parts of Kowhai Park – open weekends and holidays!
A fun climbing frame and bridges leads up to the flying fox – a favourite for kids!
Many of the play things in Kowhai Park are based around popular nursery rhymes – see how many you can find!
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