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Auckland's (new) Wynyard Quarter a big hit with the kids

I popped along to the new Wynyard Quarter at Auckland's waterfront over the weekend and was impressed to find the development so far not only respected the areas existing waterfront character but provided recreation space for both adults and children alike.

The playground (or 'playspace') was packed with kids - enjoying both natural elements (such as sand, shells and rocks), sculptures and some more traditional play equipment - all of which embodied an overall theme of an 'old seafloor'.

Reused and salvaged materials had been used - with even the court space utilising an old building foundation slab!

I love the choice of sand as a natural ground material instead of the artificial rubber matting frequenting most new playgrounds - which has the added benefit of providing extra play opportunity!

Even the colour scheme has been sensitively (and sparingly) selected to tie in beautifully with the surrounding area.

The most popular area for play appeared to be the artificial grass mound, which had kids climbing up and sliding down over and over.

And here, a rusted sea-shell provides a dark space for hiding.

Sculptures like these old buoys, provide not only visual pleasure, but can be used for climbing on!

Face painting was provided by the pop-up Winter Garden cafe...

And then there is the old tram which was brought over from Melbourne - but makes for a fun wee trip for the kids.

How nice it is to see kids enjoying a public space - laughing and playing nicely - making for a more enjoyable space for all!


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