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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE TAUPO PLAYGROUND NEW ZEALAND

INSIDE: Everything you need to know about finding this fun Taupo playground. 

Quick, find the playground!”

Roadtrips and playgrounds go together like tents and a campground. 

One cannot exist without the other!

That thing called ‘cabin fever’. There’s a thing called ‘car fever’ too.

Anyone travelling with kids on a roadtrip knows it all too well.

On our recent New Zealand road trip, we pulled into Taupo late one afternoon, in desperate need of a playground.

We found a good one in the Taupo city centre.

Take a look inside the Taupo Playground below (includes details of how to find it too)

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Taupo Family Activities – Tongariro Domain Playground

If you are looking for Taupo family activities, visit the Tongariro North Domain Playground!

To find the Taupo public playground, look for the SuperLoo Taupo building.

Park in the public car park at Story Place, and it’s steps away.

Look for the futuristic Space Ball fort and slide

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Best of the Taupo Family Activities 

This playground is one of the best things to do in Taupo for kids.

There’s plenty of green space for a picnic, a life-size chess set, and playground equipment for all kids, big and small.

Grab a reviving cup of coffee from a cafe across the road.

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Taupo Public Playground for Toddlers

Toddlers love the Toddler Fort, with:

  • running ramp
  • platforms to scale
  • bridges to cross
  • tunnels
  • slides
  • stairs to climb, and
  • X’s and O’s games too. 

It’s transport themed.

There’s a spider web swing too. 

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Liberty Swing Taupo

There’s a Liberty Swing on site.

Ask the attendant at the Superloo for a key.

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Playground in Taupo for Big Kids

There’s tonnes of family friendly playground fun for older kids too.

No one will be bored or complain here.

The biggest challenge for older kids and teens?

The GIANT pyramid net structure to climb!

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Ladybug climbing frame

This was a unique piece of play equipment in Taupo.

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Monkey Bar dome

There’s lots of standalone equipment around the edges of the park too. 

Plus, open space for running games, and bike and scooter paths.

BYO wheeled toys. 

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Nature Playground in Taupo

There’s a Stone Circle, the perfect spot to gather before a game of hide-and-seek.

Or perhaps as part of a Parkour Adventure.

Or a session of ‘The Ground is Lava’ game where your feet can’t touch the grass, and can only move by climbing on or over things, staying off the ground at all times.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Things to do in Taupo with Kids

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Address: 4 Story Place, Taupo
Telephone: +64 7-376 0899
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Entry Fees: Free

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How to get to Taupo playground

By Bus: Catch the Intercity Bus from Napier to Taupo. Exit at the Taupo i-SITE and walk 100 metres.

By Car: 

  • From Napier direction on Napier-Taupo road, turn right at the final T intersection near Lake Taupo, onto Lake Terrace/Thermal Explorer Highway.
  • Follow this along for 2km until you reach Tongariro Street.
  • Turn right, then turn left onto Story Place, just after Superloo.

Taupo Park Parking

Free parking in Story Place carpark.

Taupo Playground Map

Facilities at Tongariro Domain Park

Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Subway, Dominos, Burger Fuel and Lone Star are around the corner on Roberts Street. Plus, there are plenty of cafes too.
Toilets: Yes. Superloo. Children under 5 free. Baby change table available. 50 cents entry for everyone else.
Disability access: Yes, Liberty swing available too.
Closest ATM: Taupo CBD
Shade:  Trees. BYO hats and sunscreen.
Enclosed: No. A short walk to the main street.
Ground cover: Grass, rubber tiles, concrete.
Picnic tables: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs:  On leash only.

Toadstool Rating.

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Another of the Best Taupo Playgrounds at McDonalds Taupo! 

The World’s Coolest McDonalds!

Did you know that the World’s Coolest McDonalds is just a 500 metre walk away? 

This is another of the fun playgrounds in Taupo.

Leave the car, and walk there in 7 minutes through Taupo town to find out why Taupo McDonalds been awarded this mosst prestigious title!

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MORE Fun Activities in Taupo with Kids

Lion Express Train Taupo

There’s a miniature Taupo train fun ride that loops through the park on select weekends during summer, and school holidays too.

The Cobb and Co train choo choos around the park on public holidays too. 

Start time is usually around 11am until mid afternoon. 

The train costs $2 per person to ride. 

Add this to your list of fun Taupo activities.

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