The best places for an Auckland picnic
As fantastic as many of the restaurants and cafes are around Auckland, there’s nothing quite like a simple picnic amongst New Zealand’s stunning scenery. Our sunset picnics on the beach during our Tawharanui tours from Auckland are often a highlight of the trip – even though our guests are only there for the wildlife and scenery!
So pack up a basket, get some friends together, and head to one of these idyllic spots around Auckland for your next picnic.
Take the ferry across Auckland Harbour into Devonport. The ride itself is a treat, but keep walking when you get off the boat and head to the hill just behind the town. It will take 20-30 minutes to get to the top where you will be richly rewarded with a 360-degree view of Auckland City, the harbour, and the Hauraki Gulf. There are plenty of grassy areas to sit down and take it all in with your picnic.
Less than 10km from the city centre, Mission Bay is most popular on warm, lazy Sundays. This small but beautiful beach is buzzing with atmosphere, and you can either stretch out on the golden sand by the water or find a patch of grass under the cool shade of a tree. Make sure you finish your picnic with a delicious ice cream from one of the waterfront shops!
Kitekite Falls is found on one of the most popular walking tracks of the Waitakere Ranges. There are six cascading drops, all of which fall into a large lake-like pool at the bottom. It will take roughly 45-mnutes to walk there from the car park, and you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the water to cool off once you arrive.
The Te Henga Walkway
The Te Henga Walkway is one of New Zealand’s most famous, following the rugged coastline between Bethells and Muriwai Beach. The entire walk would take four hours each way, so you can make a full day of it, or you can simply walk until you find a suitable spot for your picnic and head back. This might sound easier than it is, because the entire track offers incredible views!
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist