People & Partnerships

Natural Habitats, one of New Zealand’s leading landscaping organisations

Plant Choice

A large number of native species were selected because of their robust nature, minimal upkeep with no watering or pruning needed, and their ability to tolerate the constant pounding of running feet.

These included Griselinea, Taraire, Puriri, Coprosma Poor Knights, Karamu, Kanuka, Carex’s, Oioi, Cabbage trees, Phormium’s, Pseudopanax, Karo, Windgrass, Muehlenbekia and Pohutukawa.


Kauri Park Nurseries helped to create a calming environment with good natural shading and excellent noise control through a range of grasses, mid size bushy plants and tall tree species.

The design includes separating barriers between each age group zone. These were concealed with plants to maintain a seamless feel across the site with gated areas able to be opened to provide one whole play space if desired.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

The inclusion of plants and natural products will also help instil empathy for plants and nature into our future generation. While it affords carers the flexibility to incorporate a variety of interesting, educational elements into the curriculum including growing and caring for plants, lifecycles and seasons.

Shared Success

A large, 700 square metre contemporary play area that perfectly blends nature with traditional play equipment contributing to children’s learning and personal development.