What: The most popular park in the town, Gisborne Adventure Playground has a lovely range of play equipment. I took my children there often when they were younger as they could easily toddle up the ramp to come down the multiple slides. There is also an enclosed area if you also have one of those children who love to bolt on you!
Where: The park is tucked away next to the Gisborne Medical Centre at the end of Brantome Street. If you are unfamiliar with that street, it is beyond the Coles complex and Gisborne Aquatic Centre.
The best bit: For those with children who use a wheelchair, there is a special swing that is accessible only to them. I personally love the old trees surrounding the play equipment that seem to predate the town or to have appeared straight out of an Enid Blyton book like The Faraway Tree.
Picnic or cafe: There is a gazebo with barbecue facilities as well as plenty of picnic tables and luscious grass on offer. Consequently, a packed lunch would be perfect. Otherwise, the bakery next to Coles is the nearest place to grab a bite.
Toilets: There is a new toilet block in between the Gisborne Adventure Playground and the Aquatic Centre. This is much closer than the older alternative across the bridge. There is a parents room with nappy change facilities there are as well.
Make a day of it: Visit on the day of the Gisborne Market (the first Sunday of the month) and enjoy the Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society miniature railway on the same day, check out 3 Little Pigs for lunch or head on to Macedon to check out Stanley Park Waterfall.