On the banks of the Manawatū River, Ahimate Reserve has a major focus on natural play. You won’t find your stereotypical playground here. Once you’ve finished at the dog park, explore the pine forest, use the bike tracks, or climb on logs. Play in the treehouse or in our tree nets – or head down to the river for a dip. It’s one of the most popular river swim spots because of its stone beach and cliff face that adrenaline junkies love diving off.
Bledisloe Park swimming hole
Within this park close to Massey University and just a wee way into the beautiful 30-minute walk, you’ll find the Turitea Stream and a swimming hole to take a quick dip. The sound of some of our native birds singing will make you feel like you’re in a rustic spa.
Lido, Freyberg and Splashhurst pools*
When you’re trying to stay out of the sun’s rays or it’s not quite so balmy, head to one of our three local pools for a dip. Freyberg and Splashhurst are both indoor pools, while the Lido has indoor and outdoor pools with an awesome diving pool for the best bombs, and epic slides to entertain big and little kids alike.
Head towards Linton and discover Kahuterawa Reserve, which is a great spot to get away from the city and back to nature. Once you’ve enjoyed a walk through the park, take a quick dip in the stream to cool down.
Paddling pools at Esplanade and Memorial Park*
Save some water and ditch your paddling pool for one of our public paddling pools, located at Victoria Esplanade and Memorial Park. Perfect for toddlers and young kids, with plenty of seating for parents.
* There are restrooms available at these locations.
Keep your child safe near water. Never leave children, especially under-fives, unsupervised near any water.
Before swimming in our rivers and streams, please check Horizons Regional Council’s safe swim spots map. And remember, even if rivers and streams look calm, this can change quickly.
Look for hidden objects before you leap and never enter a river or stream alone. If you’re ever in doubt, stay out.
This story was originally published in the summer 2019 issue of PalmyProud. Read the latest issue.