Botanic Garden ki Paekākā play area renewal

We are upgrading the beloved Botanic Garden play area to make it a better place to play.

Design plan for the Botanic Garden play area upgrade

The Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā play area (opened in 1904) is due for an upgrade as part of our Play Spaces Policy.

About the project

Works begin on Monday 16 October 2023, and the playground will be reopened to the public in February 2024, weather permitting.

The play area will be unavailable for use during this time.

During the construction period, we invite you to explore other popular sites in the Botanic Garden ki Pāekākā like the Duck Pond, Rose Gardens and the Sound Shell lawn.

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There are also other play areas nearby, like Kelburn Park on Salamanca Road, or Creswick Terrace Reserve and Glamorgan Street Reserve in Northland.

See locations of playgrounds and play areas in Wellington

Final design concept

The final Botanic Garden play area design was shaped by public input and includes a modern dual flying fox, a large climbable tower, three long slides and an all-ages swing set. We also added sensory play equipment, in addition to popular play pieces - a trampoline, monkey bars, carousel, springers and swings.

Botanic Garden play area upgrade design plan (9.82MB PDF)

Contact us

For more information about this project contact Matthew Beres, Play Spaces Specialist.