Laters winter! It’s about time you let summer take over the weather reins. As we welcome the sunny season, it’s hard not to get excited about all the room for activities that comes with having longer days. Being the food obsessives that we are, it comes as no surprise that one of our favourite things to do in Auckland is go on picnics.
Our great city is dotted with gorgeous picnic spots for you and your boo (or dog), a bunch of mates or the fam bam. We’ve located the best places to have your next picnic—now all you have to do is rally your picnic companions, pack a feast and enjoy!
It’s no secret that Mission Bay is a summer hotspot. The place buzzes with people splashing in the sea, going for strolls or hitting up one of the many cafes. However, there’s no better way to experience Mission Bay than with a picnic. There’s plenty of room on the beach and grass area, or if you’re looking for an epic elevated spot, head up to Bastian Point, where you’ll be treated to sprawling views of the Waitemata Harbour.
The fact that this North Shore beach hums with people during winter is a tell-tale sign that it’s down right awesome. While there are a handful of great cafes in Takapuna, grab some goodies from your local deli/bakery/grandmother and settle down on the beachfront. It’s the perfect place for braving that first summer dip… waiting an hour for that picnic fare to settle, of course.
This Devonport gem was once one of Auckland’s best kept secrets. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we might as well let you in on why it’s so special. Cheltenham Beach is a long stretch of sandy bliss nestled behind North Head and is one of the more secluded picnic beach spots in Auckland. It’s a tidal beach, so crazy summer crowds aren’t an issue. Pick up some fish ‘n’ chips, and see go see what all the fuss is about.
From sheltered grassy areas to huge tables and heaps of room on the beach, a picnic at Piha should be on your summer bucket list. Spread out your Bibby + Brady picnic rug and tuck into your delicious picnic. If you’re feeling game, Mercer Bay is an undiscovered spot in Auckland where you’re likely to have the entire beach to yourself! It requires a near vertical scale down a cliff (not for the faint hearted), but what waits is totally worth it.
How lucky are we to have this massive green oasis in our city?! Cornwall Park has everything you could ever want for a cruisy summer picnic. The place is gigantic so you don’t have to worry about people accidently sitting on your D.I.Y charcuterie board. Pack the sausies for this picnic—there are barbecues throughout the park. And cows, but they’re just for looking at.
Parnell Rose Gardens
At this picnic spot you can literally rock up and smell the roses. Heck, you can even eat your sammies amongst them. The roses are in full bloom at the moment so make sure you go have a looskie this summer.
Doing summer school? We feel ya. This inner-city park is a welcome escape from lecture halls and libraries for Auckland students, but Albert Park is likely to morph into a more mellow place this summer. Recently reopened Scarecrow is close by and has your picnic hamper sorted with fresh salads, bread, cheese, pastries and sweet treats.
Want more places to enjoy your lunch? Read our list of Places To Eat Your Sammies In The CBD.
Image credit: Louise Coghill