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Splash Pools in Christchurch

Cool Down This Summer

Part of the fun of being a kid in summer is splashing in and around the water and having a ball. Christchurch is lucky enough to have council run free splash pools open during the summer months for little ones to get in and enjoy themselves. Pack a picnic, grab the family and head down to your local. 

Botanic Gardens

This is one of the largest paddling pools in the city. With a good sized main pool and another for the real littlies, this is always a good option for a warm Christchurch day. 


New Brighton Beachside Playground

An awesome playground with a mix of traditional and new, wet and dry play equipment, a waka made of sustainable timber and a large whale for climbing and sliding on in the paddling pool. Located just off the beach, it's a great option when the wind is a little bit gusty right on the foreshore – especially for an adventurous toddler! 

Margaret Mahy

Situated in the city centre, the Margaret Mahy playground is popular with local families and tourists alike. There is plenty for children to do at this incredible park with a water play area including a splash pad, water jets, and overhead sprinklers as well as various pumps, troughs and water wheels.

Abberley Park

In the heart of St Albans, this park houses more than a super fun pool for your kids. It has a children’s playground, mature trees (some dating back to the 1860’s) and a scented garden that all add to a wider appreciation of this suburban haven. 

More Great Paddling Pools

Note: Children need to be supervised at all times as there are no lifeguards.