We have over two thousand quality toys in the library collection to cater for children from birth through to about eight years of age.

As one of the biggest Toy Libraries in Christchurch, we pride ourselves on having good quality toys, including all the classic favourites through to new popular games and characters. Membership fees & grants we receive from community groups throughout the year allow us to purchase new items throughout the year.

Check the News section on our website, our Facebook page or the in the library for new toys. We post pictures up as the toys arrive and are packaged and available throughout the year.

As we have over two thousand items we won’t list them all here, but encourage you to stop in and explore what we have on offer, including:

  • Baby toys: 4 Exersaucers, play & activity gyms, ride-on’s, Fisher Price, Little People, WOW toys
  • Manipulative toys and educational games: great for developing early math and pre-reading skills. Many items will assist in development of fine motor skills 
  • Lots of Orchard Toys games and DK learning activities
  • Railway sets (Thomas and Mobilo)
  • Wooden toys (castles, pirate ships, Le Van Toys and Plan Toys)
  • Construction sets including Lego, Duplo, Mobilio
  • Dress up costumes for boy’s and girls from size 2- 6 years
  • Puzzles starting from simple wooden puzzles for infants through to 4-6 pieces, 100+ for older children
  • Role play area: (everything you need for the family corner) vet, highchairs, pushchairs, cots, vacuum cleaners, hairdresser, kitchen equipment, workbench, BBQ, lawnmower
  • Outdoor & ride on toys: Slides, see-saws, a range ofbikes and scooters, Basketball Hoop
  • Water and sand play toys: Aqua play sets, digging toys, bath toys, funnels and water wheels.
  • Musical instruments  and DVDs

Our current toy allocation per member is a maximum of 4 x $2 toys plus 4 other toys. You may choose to have 8 non $2 toys per fortnight or a combination.

We also have a couple of toys that can be booked in advance and are great for parties or family road trips:

  • 1 Dual Screen Portable DVD player – $2 per fortnight
  • 2 Roller Coasters – $3 per week

To book these please let our toy librarian know.

The committee purchases toys throughout the year as funds allow using catalogues from Teacher Direct, Play and Learn and Brands. We are guided by Toy Express, the toy buying arm or the Toy Library Federation on New Zealand. We take pride in providing high quality toys that you may not have seen in stores.

If you have a suggestion for a toy, please put your idea in the suggestion board which is available by the front desk (or email waimairitoylibrary@gmail.com). We welcome your ideas and feedback at any time.

Over the Christmas –New Year period the library closes to allow the committee to undertake routine maintenance on the toys. You can hire toys over Christmas so long as your membership remains current at the time they are due back. Christmas toys are issued during the last two weeks of opening only. You can hire up to 5 toys for the Christmas period at a charge or $5 per toy. All toys in the library are available to hire except DVDs and roller coasters.