Access off Story Place
Scattered through a generous sized grass area is this gem of a playground. There are several parking areas within close walk and the fancy paid superloo behind the trees (carry cash if you visit with small kids).
A range of play equipment beckons – from modern net swings, to older-fashioned climbing frames, there are also a reasonable number of picnic tables scattered around the play equipment. Grab a mate and play chess on the giant chess set near the bus stop. Sheltered by a range of mature trees, even in summer this can be a lovely cool area for kids to explore.
Tongariro Domain is a huge expanse of recreational space. In the North Domain there are often travelling fairs and circus tents during the summer, and at the lake end of South Domain, alongside Ferry Road, is a Lions train that runs on weekends and during school holidays. This “train” is a bit different from others in that its a monorail. Your $2 ticket will get you three circuits.