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Secretly nestling in Hawthorndene's woodland, the thrills of the BMX track on Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene are waiting to be discovered. Its natural setting give kids a sense of adventure as they tackle the compacted earth jumps, race between the trees and slide on the mud or dirt depending on the weather. Plus the trees give plenty of shade in the summer months.
The jumps range from a few centimetres up to a couple of metres high so there is a challenge here for riders of all abilities – just make sure riders are wearing a helmet and any appropriate padding, and the under 10s are supervised. Also, to help with the facility's longevity, take note of the sign which requests you not to climb on the jumps.
There's a reasonable amount of parking and adults can keep an eye on the little ones going round the beginners track on a conveniently placed bench. Furthermore, it's open 24 hours a day and toilet facilities are just a short walk away.
The BMX track is part of the of Apex Park complex and there's more parking at the other end of the park. Younger children will love the fenced in playground here which has swings, slides, an action station and a 'hang and glide'.