Just off State Highway 1 in Papakōwhai, Aotea Lagoon features a huge playground complete with a separate toddlers’ area, picnic and BBQ areas, and a petanque court.
It’s a great spot for families to enjoy the sunshine and is wheelchair and buggy friendly, and is regularly used by joggers.
Kids - check out the model train - operating most Sundays (1-4pm), ride your bikes around the lagoon, or tire yourselves out in the playground
Grown ups - enjoy a coffee in one of the picnic spots overlooking the lagoon, get fit jogging around the path, explore the rose gardens, take some artistic photographs of the Aotea Lagoon windmill, or boogie the evening away at one of our summer concerts.
You can be the king or queen of the castle at Aotea Lagoon in our amazing fort and playground.
We have playground equipment to suit all ages - from crawlers and toddlers learning to walk to dare-devil tweens and teenagers eager to show their talents on the climbing rope tower.
Head to the northern end of the lagoon for a piece of the action - and be sure to bring a picnic with BBQ and tables free for use.
The Aotea Lagoon rose garden at the southern end is home to 18 varieties of roses that provide a stunning setting for summer weddings and weekend outings. The large lawn area provides a perfect backdrop to the rose garden creating a peaceful spot to relax and unwind in, and have a picnic.
If you are looking for a lovely outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony, take a look at The Rose Garden at Aotea Lagoon.
Imagine having your very own island – you can at Aotea Lagoon! The island is available for hire and is perfect for open air events or functions under a marquee.
The island provides you with 1400m2 of flat land for events that is easily accessible by a short bridge from the middle gateway on Papakōwhai Road.
It has the added benefit of single phase power for lighting and sound systems and three phase power for portable temporary kitchen use. The cost of reasonable usage of electricity is included in the hire fee.
The popular miniature train service at Aotea Lagoon runs most Sundays (weather permitting) from 1pm to 4pm.
Rides cost $2.50 (children aged three and under are free).
You can buy tickets from the station at the southern end of the lagoon. Each ride includes two circuits of the park and takes about 10 minutes.
The service is run by the Lions Club of Aotea Railway.