Tole Reserve, Ponsonby

Tole Reserve in Ponsonby has a teensy-tiny ride track for really small riders and scooters.

There is an adjacent playground, and a wee free library for parents to browse (bring a book, take a book).


There’s a long smooth path through the park and a natural amphitheatre to play in, and toilets are accessible at the Ponsonby Community Centre on Ponsonby Terrace, which backs onto the park.

(There’s also a gnarly vintage skatebowl – fun to watch teenagers doing skateboard and BMX tricks, but the bowl itself is not for the fainthearted!)

View of the shallow bowl from the Tole Street entrance


Ride details

Suitable for

  • Absolute Beginner
  • Learner (balance bike, trainer wheels)
  • Confident child (pedal bike - no trainer wheels)
  • Scooter


15 min

Steep sections

Yes, but you can easily avoid those areas



  • Toilets
  • Playground


Clarence Street is probably the best option, as its further away from Ponsonby Road. Next most likely is probably Ponsonby Terrace. If you can nab a spot on Tole Street, its very convenient and you'll be close to Ponsonby Road.





Central Auckland

Getting there

  • Bike
  • Drive

Weather dependent


Kids visible at all times?


Suitable for multiple kids


Watch out for

The skate bowl! It looks like lots of fun for the teenagers and adults doing their tricks, but too gnarly for the littlies.

Tips from the local

Bring a book to swap at the little library, and after a bike ride and play at the playground, head up Tole Street to Ponsonby Road for some retail therapy or a meal.

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