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This large adventure playground and park is a must-see for everyone.

The Children's Garden incorporates a strong koowhai theme through its equipment and includes a koowhai seed fountain, koowhai flower slide, and koowhai leaf-shaped viewing platform over the Waikato River.

Other features include a water feature, interactive native bird sculptures, and a small amphitheatre and playhouse.

The park was gifted to the city by George Parr who had a vision of children recovering from illness coming to the park to play.

There was an outdoor theatre at the park in the 1950s and 1960s for pantomimes. A paddling pool was constructed with the help of the Rotary Club.

Today the park is a wonderful place to have a picnic or take the family for a walk. It is closely linked to the Waikato River and Memorial Park.


Destination playground


Picnic tables


Outdoor theatre





Water fountain

Water play area

Suitable for

Family groups



Booking enquiry

Do I need an event permit?

An event permit ensures both your event and the safety of attendees is prioritised. You need a permit to host an event in a public park or space in Hamilton, especially when having any of the below:

  • inflatables e.g. bouncy castle
  • amusement devices
  • food for sale, free or fundraising
  • amplified sound e.g PA system
  • music
  • marquee
  • stage
  • road closure.

Apply for an event permit

Can I book a park for my wedding?

Find out more information below to use one of our parks for your wedding ceremony or reception.

Book a park for your wedding

Booking dates

Will you have food for sale or for free during your event?

Will you require access to existing toilets?

Do you need vehicle access to the field?

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