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Atawhai Playcentre is a warm, safe, welcoming centre with wonderful families and happy engaged children.  Catering for ages 0-6yrs our well resourced spacious areas of play allow our children to choose from a wide range of activities that foster their creativity and imagination.

Being a playcentre we are parent-led so it is a great way to meet other parents in the community, make friends, share stories and experiences, and gather ideas and advice from a supportive network of parents and trained staff.  The centre also offers training to introduce you to playcentre as well as other parent education for your own personal and professional development.

Atawhai Playcentre is a wonderful safe environment where children are asked to respect the play of others, the rights of others and the equipment.  Our fantastic team of nurturing supervisors, assistants and parents ensure our sessions are carefully set up with activities that encourage discovery, experiment, problem solving, reasoning, active exploration, interpersonal skills all while they PLAY.  Trips, carpentry, sandpits, playground, obstacle course, water, sports equipment, cooking, clay, craft, art, play dough, dress up, family play, construction, music and more will keep you and your little ones engaged.

With it being well situated in Corder Park at the beginning of Dodson Valley, (a 2min drive to Clifton Terrace school and a 5 min drive north of Nelson city) it is not surprising our popular centre hosts families from the surrounding areas of Atawhai, Marybank, Todd’s Valley, Hira as well as Nelson City.

Come check us out, use your first 3 free visits to sample our different session days and times.


656 Atawhai Crescent
Nelson 7010


(03) 545 0828

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Open Hours

Monday - 9.30am to 1.30pm
Tuesday - 9.30am to 12noon
Wednesday - 9.30am to 12noon
Thursday - 9.30am to 12noon
Friday - 9.30am to 12noon

Atawhai Playcentre

Atawhai Playcentre, Atawhai, Nelson, New Zealand

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