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The Best Parks To Drink Wine And Eat Cheese In Auckland

By Nina Franklin - 13 Feb 2018

The Best Parks To Drink Wine And Eat Cheese In Auckland

Is there anything better in life than wine and cheese? We think not. Wine and cheese go together like movies and popcorn or burgers and chips—you can’t have one without the other. And, luckily for us, Auckland happens to have some pretty picture-perfect parks to wine and cheese the afternoon away. Whether it’s just with a SO or a group of friends, pack that hamper and enjoy one of these Auckland parks!

Please note that all of the parks we feature in this article—except for Cornwall Park—have a permanent liquor ban in place from 10pm - 7am daylight savings and 7pm - 7am outside of daylight savings.

Cornwall Park


Cornwall Park and its neighbour One Tree Hill, form the largest parkland area in central Auckland, making it the perfect setting for a private wine and cheese date. This green oasis is home to an array of stunning trees to picnic under, including Puriri trees, Cherry Blossom trees and Pohutakawas. When your belly is full, add a little magic to your day and climb to the peak of One Tree Hill and take it the magical 360-degree view of Auckland City…an ideal proposal spot, dare we say?

Bayfield Park

Herne Bay

Bayfield Park is part of Cox’s Bay Reserve in the more secluded section. Here, you might be able to find a spot to hide away from the nature walkers and set up your wine and cheese spread. The surrounding areas feature sculptures, walking tracks and a kids’ playground—if you choose to make this date more of a family affair.

Parnell Rose Gardens


Arguably the most romantic spots in Auckland is the Parnell Rose Gardens. This stunning park is home to more than 5000 brightly-coloured, exceptionally smelling roses. There are also sculptures, archways and little hidden nooks. It’s the perfect place to set up a blanket to wine and cheese the afternoon away.

Judges Bay Reserve


Sitting below the Parnell Rose Gardens is Judges Bay Reserve, another hidden gem within the central city. Often bustling with swimmers and those enjoying a BBQ, set up a blanket late arvo and take in a beautiful sunset over the Waitemata Harbour, while sippin’ on a glass of wine. We couldn’t think of a better way to end the day.

Point England Reserve

Point England

Point England Reserve is a sprawling park that sits along the Tamaki estuary and takes you all the way to St Heliers Beach. The point-to-point walk takes about three-to four-hours. Here you’ll find a pond, an estuary, private gardens and lots of native birdlife—so there are  plenty of options to enjoy your wine and cheese affair.

Grey Lynn Park

Grey Lynn

One of the more family orientated parks on this list is Grey Lynn Park. This large park area features a little somethin’ for everyone, including a flying fox, playgrounds, a paddling pool, skate park, a basketball and tennis court, netball hoops and exercise equipment. Keep the kiddo’s entertained for hours while you take a break and sip away on a glass of vino….or two in the afternoon sun.

Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park

Mission Bay

Our final pick is not only a fab picnic spot, but also a very popular wedding location in the heart of Auckland. Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park sits above Mission Bay and has a stunning panoramic view of Rangitoto Island and the spectacular Waitemata Harbour. Imagine sitting with your loved one enjoying a platter of wine and cheese, watching the sunset. You’ll be sure to get allll the brownie points with this location.


Image Credit: The Wine Country

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