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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. 

Remember children must be supervised at all times as there are no lifeguards on duty.


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 fun option for a warm Christchurch day. With nearby play equipment including swings, slides, multi-play structures and climbing towers, it's the perfect spot to pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon.

Botanic Gardens, Armagh Street

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! 

Marine Parade, New Brighton

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. 

15 Abberley Crescent, St Albans

Scarborough Park

A quick hop and a jump from the beach and bordering the playground you'll find a colourful modern splash pad and paddling pool. With a variety of water toys including geysers, a water canon and twist top rainbow spray hoops, this has to be a favourite with the littlies to cool down and have some fun.

147 Esplanade, Sumner

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.

Armagh Street, Central City

Avebury Park

This beautiful public park is home to an historic Victorian homestead, expansive lawns, planted boarders and old establish trees, providing the perfect shettler for those hot summer days. A favourite place for family hangs with a great playground and large paddling pool.

7 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond

Woodham Park

Nestled within a large collection of mature trees, Woodham Park is home to a fantastic playground and paddling pool. The paddling pool is a great way to cool off in the summer months, however the novelty of Woodham Park with the little ones must be the aviary. Housing specimens of Java sparrow, ring-necked dove, native and exotic parakeets, quails, and finches this is definitely a must visit park for the summer.

Woodham Road, Linwood

Spencer Park

Spencer Park is a great destination for a day trip or weekend stay at the nearby camp ground. Head to the beach, enjoy a wetland walk, have fun in the adventure playground then head on back for a BBQ and refresh in the large paddling pool.

Heyders Road, Spencerville