educational environments

design | build | upkeep

Children’s learning environments should be fun, challenging, and safe.

We create playgrounds and outdoor areas for schools and early childhood centres, with a focus on all-natural materials. Always meeting the high standards needed to keep Kiwi kids safe and sound.

So if you’re looking for a playful and secure learning environment, built with expertise and care, get in touch today.


We use our 3D design process to craft playful, lively and culturally-inclusive areas for kids to thrive in. Being able to see how your playground will look in advance helps identify potential problems, raising issues like shade, storage and drainage. So we can get them sorted before the work begins, instead of scrambling to fix them afterwards.

We design:

  • NZ playgrounds for kids of all ages – from early childhood to intermediate.
  • School outdoor areas (including seating, planting, fencing, shelters and more).
  • New-build early childhood centres.
  • Improvements to existing landscaping.
  • Bespoke features (like custom windows, and stone or concrete riverways).
  • …and anything a fun learning environment could need.


Our play areas are built to the highest of standards, by people who care about getting the job done right the first time round. We’re one of only a handful of specialist playground builders in the Bay of Plenty – so our teams are well aware of the latest safety standards, and build with those standards in mind.

We build:

  • Timber structures (including pergolas, shelters, whares, swings and more).
  • Stone features.
  • Sandpits.
  • Decks.
  • Impact attenuation surfacing and artificial turf installation.
  • Paving, concrete and water features.
  • Veggie gardens, edging and planters.
  • …and everything else we’ve dreamt up during the landscape design process.


Keeping play areas safe and in good working order is an ongoing job, and yours is busy enough as it is. So we offer specialist landscaping maintenance services – taking the work off your plate, and keeping everything in mint condition. Choose between a one-off option or a periodic maintenance package, or chat to us about working it into your budget.

We offer:

  • Equipment safety checks.
  • Lawn maintenance.
  • Play equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Garden maintenance (including weeding, tree and hedge trimming and more).
  • Planting and re-planting.
  • Water-blasting and gutter-cleaning.
  • …and anything needed to keep things looking great.

Anglican Care Waiapu has had the pleasure of working with Brett and the team from Earthart on three early childhood centre playground projects: Rotorua, Whakatane, and Gisborne. Brett’s designs are beautiful, functional, interesting, and celebrate natural products, encouraging kids to engage in many different ways with the environment. The Earthart team has a deep understanding of playground design and regulatory requirements and works hard to ensure health and safety practices are adhered to while allowing children to watch and enjoy progress where possible. The team is respectful, easy to work with, and accommodating. I thoroughly recommend Earthart.

Lucy Laitinen
Chief Executive Officer

Be sorry to see you go Brett and Crew – you have become part of the whanau. Thanks for all your work, patience with us, listening to us, and exceeding our expectations. You have been wonderful to work with, and worked so nicely alongside the children including them in the project as they have watched their playground and centre transform.

Donna Judson
Regional Director Bay of Plenty

I have worked closely with Brett and his team at Earth Art over the past 10  years as we have implemented numerous playground upgrades and installations.  Brett has always been willing to tackle small or large jobs and nothing is too much trouble.  The work has always been completed on time and to a high standard.  Over the years Brett has become more familiar with the NZ Playground Standards and the Early Childhood Regulations ensuring work is completed to those standards.  While Brett is happy to follow plans that I have drawn he is also happy to offer suggestions for improvements or to make the job more cost effective.   Brett is always striving to offer something new and innovative.   It has always been a pleasure to work with Brett and I recommend his work without hesitation.

Barbara Lingard

Playground Consultancy NZ – Early Childhood International Comprehensive Playground Auditor and Trainer
Register of Playground Inspectors International (RPII)

Earthart have been contracted by Maat Group to undertake the grounds maintenance at The Hub shopping centre since we purchased the site in 2005, which includes mowing lawns, and maintaining the plants and trees on site.  Over this time Earthart have fulfilled their contractual obligations with impressive reliability and enthusiasm, and have exceeded our expectations by providing solutions for a range of other maintenance issues around the property.  Recently Earthart have completed stage one of a complete garden restoration in the car parking area, providing sound advice and presenting concepts with the aid of modern design technology.  As Senior Facilities Manager for Maat Group I have formed an excellent professional relationship with Brett and have come to admire his knowledge and passion for his work.  Our management team is based in Auckland, so having Earthart on site gives me peace of mind in the knowledge that they are going about their business in a professional, caring manner.  I would definitely recommend Earthart for all types of landscaping from small residential jobs to larger commercial projects. 

Tony Lomas

Senior Facilities Manager

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