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Napier has a range of free and fun outdoor activities!
Pandora Splash Zone at Ahuriri's Pandora Pond is Hawke’s Bay’s first inflatable water playground.
Opened in late 2016, Splash Zone was upgraded in January 2018, doubling in size to approximately 28m by 19m. It now includes:
Splash Zone is open – and free of charge - for young people and adults until the summer season is over. It is be removed over winter, though the anchors connecting it to the estuary floor remain.
It is patrolled by lifeguards on weekdays from 3pm to 8pm, and weekends and holidays from 10am to 8pm. For safety reasons, only children aged eight years and over can use Splash Zone. There are are some other safety rules that are covered off in signs around the playground and also on this page.
Splash Zone has been made by Wibit, a German company that specialises in open water inflatable playgrounds. Its work can be seen around the world, including several playgrounds in Australia.
Napier’s bike pump track, located south of the carpark, opposite the Ellison Street entrance, is the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Designed by Jeff Carter of Rotorua’s South Star Adventures, the pump track is inspired by a track located in Mendrisio, Switzerland and has been popular since its completion in March 2015.
The basic goal of a pump track, besides having fun, is for the rider to learn how to pump the terrain to maintain speed. Pump tracks are set up with a series of rollers and berms that allow the rider to gain and maintain speed along the track without pedalling.
This full size pump track replaced the junior pump track and caters for a much wider range of skills, abilities, and ages. It covers an area of 60 metres long by 30 metres wide and consists of 500 metres of continuous tracks.
The track caters for a wide range of skills, abilities and ages and can also be used by keen skateboarders and scooter riders.
The Junior Bike Track aka Traffic Light Park on the Marine Parade has been specifically designed for young children to learn basic road safety, in a safe and fun manner.
The Junior Bike Track on Marine Parade has working traffic lights, stop and give way signs and a roundabout. It offers children a realistic, safe and fun place to practise their cycling and road safety skills.
Bordering the May & Peter Harris playground, it is safe with a fenced perimeter and self-closing safety gates. Parents can enjoy bringing their children and bikes to the track, teaching them new road skills and then watching them practise in the safety of this facility.
The track primarily caters for children under ten years of age who haven't had much experience on the road. There is also a fenced matted space within the track specifically designed for little legs under three years.
Enjoy some of the most picturesque areas of Napier while getting exercise at the same time. Napier is proud to offer outdoor fitness equipment on reserve land just south of the National Aquarium of New Zealand as well as Park Island. All the way along the Marine Parade pathway you will also find equipment that can be used.
Designed and manufactured in Hawke’s Bay by GymGuru, the exercise equipment includes an AB stretcher, leg press, overhead press, hip swing and grinder.
The machines resistance levels are adjusted using electromagnetic fields, meaning there are few external moving parts, making them suitable for outdoor conditions and resistant to vandalism.
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