Project: Hayman Park playground

Mar 2022 – TBC
In progress
Hayman Park playground

We’re bringing a spectacular playground to Manukau

Part of our Transform Manukau programme, this upgrade will see Hayman Park’s playground expanded and transformed into a new centre of epic adventure for the tamariki of Tamaki ki te Tonga (south Auckland) to enjoy.

What’s more, some of this play will (safely) take place at great heights…

New features include:

  • two flying foxes
  • rope play equipment
  • an urban wave track and pump track for fun on wheels and learning to ride
  • an additional basketball half-court (due to especially high demand) alongside the already pumping half-court


  • a 12.8-metre-high play tower (that’s taller than six Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnsons)!

Wait, a TOWER?

Oh yes. This beast will be bigger than even the 9m-tall play tower in Takapuna, with multiple platforms stretching up four storeys – offering a challenging activity just to get to the top.

Once at the peak, there’s a tunnel slide to zoom down, or a family slide lower down for those preferring a milder adventure.

The tower will also boast a rock-climbing wall, rope tunnel bridges, climbing ropes and a rooftop seesaw.

These swashbuckling features will be joining the existing:

  • young children’s play area
  • nature play space
  • skate park
  • toilets
  • kiosk with canopy shelter.

It’ll be ideal for a full family visit

Not only will there be the thrills of the playground to enjoy, but with Hayman Park being right by Manukau town centre, you’ll have plenty of kai, hot and cold drinks, things to do and sights right nearby.

What’s more, this playground will within short walking-distance of Manukau’s bus and train stations, meaning convenient public transport for all the whānau.

“This playground will be a destination to envy, and we can’t wait to see people come from miles afar to enjoy the finest playground action Auckland has to offer. And for those who are moving to Manukau: get ready, because this will soon be up and running, right in your own backyard.”
— Eke Panuku Priority Location Director Richard Davison

This is a big investment in Manukau

The fantastic Manukau community deserves the best, and so we want our new playground to be a sophisticated addition to this thriving urban centre.

Phase 1 of this emporium of adventure received $4.3M, while the more ambitious Phase 2 is being allocated $6.5M – towers don’t come cheap, after all.

“Manukau has the youngest population in the region, so it is important we have play equipment that is fit for purpose and caters for our diverse communities. It’s wonderful to see that we will finally have a true destination playground in the heart of south Auckland.”
— Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia
We’ve got the right worker on the job

We’ve got the right worker on the job

As well as a wealth of experts doing the mahi on-site, we’ve got our latest team member doing their ground-breaking thing with a big smile on their face.

If you find yourself in Manukau and dig seeing construction works underway, swing by the site (next to Davies Ave) and see if you can spot them.

It’s going to be in good hands

Once it’s all completed, we’ll be handing management over to council’s Community Facilities team, who are charged with taking care of all of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s playgrounds.

To find out more about our mahi in Manukau, visit

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