The 6 Best Summer Picnic Spots in Auckland

Ah, summer. The glorious time of year where people are happier, the days are longer, the sun is warmer, the drinks are colder, and life is just better. Nothing screams “it’s summer!” like getting the picnic blanket out and packing a delicious, fresh basket of food to enjoy at the beach or park.


We have done the hard work for you and compiled a list the best picnic spots in Auckland, plus a few suggestions on what to pack.


1. Cornwall Park

Cornwall Park

An underrated, beautiful park near the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. Offering a glorious sea of lush green grass to choose your spot, with an abundance of tranquil trees in sight.


2. North Head, Devonport

North Head

Another popular picnic spot with a view, where you can explore the old war tunnels and overlook the shores of Devonport while enjoying your delicious picnic.


3. Wenderholm Regional Park


This gem has a beautiful estuary and a gorgeous clean beach with a lush green park dividing the two. The picnic spot options are endless! This is definitely a spot you do not want to miss.


4. Long Bay

Long Bay

The North Shore is full of beautiful beaches and parks, so it is hard to narrow it down to one. Long Bay made it to the list because it is one of the biggest and most beautiful with a good variety of spots to pick from. Whether it be on the beach, on the grass, on a park bench or up on the cliff overlooking the beach, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.


5. Mission Bay

Mission Bay

A classic location but still deserving of a mention. Pick a spot somewhere on the large grassy area with the iconic water fountain in sight and soak up the atmosphere on a beautiful summers day. If you have some room in your stomach after the picnic, pop over to Movenpick for a sneaky delicious ice cream to end your day.


6. West Coast (Muriwai, Piha, Maori Bay)

West Coast

The West Coast. This picture. Need we really say more? If you don’t already know, the West Coast is the best place to be to watch the sunset on a clear evening with your picnic in tow. Make sure to bring a camera for some stunning shots!


What to pack for a picnic, a few suggestions

  • A good old salad – try a tomato cucumber salad w/ feta or a chicken pesto pasta salad with pine nuts.
  • Corn on the cob – steamed or grilled, cut in half with butter rubbed all over.
  • Rice paper rolls – fill these suckers with chicken or beef strips, or tofu for any vegetarians, then add in some sliced carrots, cucumber, capsicum and vermicelli. Bring a small tightly closed container filled with soy sauce for dipping.
  • Chicken skewers
  • Chips and dip
  • Slider sandwiches
  • Lettuce cups
  • An antipasto platter with cheese, crackers, olives, cherry tomatoes and grapes
  • Fruit Salad
  • Bake some choc chunk cookies using Whittaker’s dark chocolate block – because, Whittaker’s and cookies. Need I really say more? Recipe here
  • A watermelon cut in half with spoons – a more fun (and easier) way to eat it
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade


Make the most and enjoy the rest of the summer! If you have any other favourite picnic locations that didn’t make the list let us know on our Facebook page.