A Kiwi summer wouldn’t be complete without ice-cream, pavlova and—of course—countless barbecues. Luckily for us, you don’t need to own a Weber to get a taste of flame-grilled deliciousness. There are plenty of parks and beaches across Auckland with free-to-use barbecue facilities. Following on from last summer’s round-up, here are six more barbecue spots you didn’t know about in and around Auckland.
Omana Regional Park
A 40-minute drive from the inner city, Omana Regional Park is worth the drive. You’ll be greeted with an outstanding view of the Hauraki Gulf and plenty of room for summer activities. Think a shelly beach, shady pohutukawa trees and picturesque walking tracks. You’ll also find three single wood barbecues and eight double wood barbecues. BYO wood or buy from the park ranger.
If you’ve got kids in tow, make a beeline for Coyle Park in Point Chev. The littlies will keep themselves busy with a flying fox, ride-on train and swings while you fire up the barbie. Once those sausages are cooked to perfection, nab a picnic table or lay your blanket down to embrace the stunning harbour views.
Dove-Myer Robinsons Park
Located in Parnell, Dove-Myer Robinson Park is brimming with roses, delightful scenery and barbecues. The park encompasses Parnell Rose Gardens and sweeps down to Judges Bay and the salt-water Parnell Baths. There are two electric barbecues ready and waiting to grill your eye fillet steak (fancy!) and chicken skewers. Bring your significant other and make a date of it!
Just a 30-minute drive from the heart of the city, Ambury Park doubles as a camping ground and park. Boasting views of the Manukau Harbour, the park is home to various farm animals and shorebirds. There are also four barbecues (two electric and two wood-burning) for your summer barbie needs. Our advice? Make a weekend of it and book a pozzy in the campground.
Shakespear Regional Park
East of Whangaparaoa, you’ll stumble upon Shakespear Regional Park. Nature lovers will be at home surrounded by bee-utiful beaches and native bush. It’s also an open sanctuary for threatened native wildlife and a great spot for bird-watching. What’s more, there are 10 barbecues throughout the park annnd a hangi site! Remember, dogs are prohibited in the wildlife sanctuary.
Situated in the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is popular with Westies and out-of-towners alike. It’s a safe spot to have a dip in the sea, with the 200m-long Cornwallis wharf being perfect for cannonballing. There are four bookable picnic spots here catering to groups of up to 60. Two of these said sites have a free gas barbecue with large picnic tables to boot.