Woodmancote Road, Khandallah
This is a well-shaded playground that is great for exploring on warm summer days. It recently had a new slide installed and its flying fox upgraded. If you’re really warm, there’s even a sun-heated outdoor pool between the carpark at the playground. It’s also an access point for the walking tracks on the flanks of Mt Kaukau, if that’s what you are keen on – you can walk just a short distance, or you can launch from here onto the Wuu2K route (a 62km mostly trail route to the South Coast then back to Mt Vic)
Reasonably close to public transport, if you can manage it, I’d recommend not taking your car here on a sunny weekend day, as the access road is narrow and the carpark at the end fills up fast. The really good news though is there are toilets at the carpark, and a café at the park entrance. So even when its busy, its still good.