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12 of the best picnic spots in Auckland – Hamper-up!

Discover the best picnic spots in Auckland with our well-loved and tested recommendations.

Auckland is a diverse, widely-spread city and because of this, we enjoy a range of different geographical features. From volcanoes to estuaries, nature reserves to city views, the City of Sails really does have it all.

What better way than to enjoy all that Auckland has to offer than to pack a delicious picnic and head out to make the most of the sights?

Join us as we share the very best place to enjoy an Auckland picnic!

Different food and fruits on top o a picnic mat such as slices of bread, breadsticks, strawberries, slices of oranges, kiwi fruit, and a basket with a loaf of bread.

The Best Picnic Spots in Auckland

Check out our favourite Auckland picnic spots, from north to south.

All that’s left for you to do is to decide where you’d like to go and to get packed up!

1. Long Bay Regional Park

Long Bay is a favourite recreational spot, so it comes as no surprise that it’s also a fantastic place to enjoy a picnic.

Located just 25 kilometres from the central city, it’s easy to while away an entire day at this seaside regional park.

Not only is this beautiful beach blessed with heaps of adjoining parkland but you’ll also find plenty of big native trees to relax under, gas BBQs and picnic tables galore.

During the warmer seasons, the beach is perfect for swimming too.

Beach Road, Long Bay, Auckland 0792

Did you know? As a regional park, visible alcohol consumption is not allowed. You are, however, allowed to treat yourself to a glass of wine as long as you do so discretely – we recommend recanting your favourite drop. This is the official rule from the Auckland Council: “Visible and excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited”.

2. Maukatia Bay, Muriwai

Just South of Muriwai Beach you’ll find Maukatia Bay – it’s a bit of a hidden gem though, so don’t tell too many people.

It’s our little secret.

This is the perfect spot to enjoy a stunning sunset overlooking the Tasman Sea. Just be sure to have your picnic well-stocked as this stunning spot is remote – just like we like it.

Wild, as only the West Coast is, Maukatia Bay provides a distinctly Kiwi take on picnicing.

458 Motutara Road, Muriwai 0881

Pro Tip: Allow yourself plenty of time whilst out west! Whilst there be sure to visit the neighbouring gannet colony. You can also venture down to the water at Maukatia Bay – follow the thin strip of grass down to the shoreline.

Young kids sitting on a picnic mat watching the beautiful sunset dipping slowly in the horizon.
Enjoying the sunset from Maukatia Bay, Auckland

3. Castor Bay Beach, Milford

This popular Auckland picnic spot is a real hit with families; you’ll find it just north of the popular Milford Beach.

There, you’ll find a great seaside playground (perfect for entertaining the kids before you’re ready to serve lunch/dinner), a grassy area to set up and also some tables (if you’d prefer).

This is a safe swimming beach and in the summertime, they even have a pontoon that beckons visitors into the water.

Castor Bay Beach is the perfect place to spend a warm, sunny day in the city.

5/7 The Esplanade, Castor Bay, Auckland 0620

4. Point Erin Park, Westhaven

Family-friendly and about as central as it comes, Point Erin Park is a great spot for an Auckland picnic.

Not only is the park adjacent to the Point Erin Pool complex, but they have a great playground, half-pipe and bike path for the kids.

With four hectares of grass, there are plenty of spots to lay a picnic blanket down – or make use of one of the picnic tables if you prefer.

Best of all, the park enjoys amazing views out over the harbour!

94 Shelly Beach Road, Westhaven, Auckland 1011

5. Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill

One of the best gardens in all of the city, Cornwall Park is also one of the best picnic spots in Auckland.

Though it’s gorgeous at any time of year, springtime is our favourite time to visit. Then you’ll find the trees covered in blossom, blooms peeking through the garden beds and lambs leaping about the paddocks.

Though it’s right in the middle of residential Auckland, it really does feel like a world away.

As you’d expect, this massive park offers plenty of space to set yourself up for the day and also has plenty of picnic tables. They also have gas BBQs if you’d like to cook up a fresh feed too.

Green Lane West, Epsom, Auckland 1051

6. Bastion Point, Mission Bay

Bastion Point holds significant historic significance in the City of Sails.

Now though, it is enjoyed by Aucklanders as a leisure space with incredible views out over the Waitematā Harbour. From the top of Bastion Point you’ll have an incredible viewpoint of Rangitoto Island, Auckland City, and the Eastern Bays.

We suggest you lay your picnic down with one of these stunning views in front of you.

When you’re finished, it’s also possible to walk down the steps to the east of the park (the right-hand side as you’re looking at the monument and the view). This path will take you to Mission Bay which just happens to be another great picnicing spot (and home to countless cafes and restaurants, if you’d rather someone else made your kai)

19 Hapimana Street, Orakei, Auckland 1071

Did you know? It’s possible to drive up to Bastion Point in your car – you’ll find ample car parking at the top.

A picnic basket, two glasses and a bottle of wine, and bread loaves on a picnic mat laid on top of the green grasses.

7. Taurere/Mt Taylor, Glendowie

Another local-secret, Mount Taylor is a relatively small volcano located in Glendowie, Auckland.

This volcanic peak is home to a herd of cows that happily graze the fields. Don’t worry though, they’re well used to people as this is a popular area for residents to take a stroll.

We suggest you walk to the top of Taurere Maunga with your picnic supplies before laying them out and enjoying the setting sun on your back.

Just remember to take a torch with you (if you find yourself walking back in the dark), ready for the short stroll back down.

Glendowie, Auckland 1071

8. Tahuna Torea, Wai O Taiki Bay

Tahuna Torea encompasses 25 hectares of unique flora and fauna in the Eastern Bays. There you’ll find a long sandbank that extends out into the Tamaki Estuary and the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

This area is rich in Māori history as well as native birds and vegetation.

Along with the sand banks and estuary, you’ll also find both fresh and saltwater wetlands and spots to set up your picnic.

With such fantastic access to nature, it’s hard to believe you’re just a 20-minute drive from Auckland’s CBD.

Riddell Road, Glen Innes, Auckland 1071

Pro Tip: If you’d rather not prepare your own picnic, you’ll find lots of great food options locally – both on West Tamaki Road and at the bottom of Glendowie.

9. Eastern Beach

A favourite out east, Eastern Beach is a great Auckland picnic spot for a number of reasons.

Not only does the beach stretch as far as the eye can see (which is perfect for the ever-important social distancing) but it’s easily accessible too.

Families will enjoy the fully-fenced playground and extensive parks – perfect for kicking a ball around. The beach itself is also whānau-friendly with shallow, calm water.

Head along to Eastern Beach for a relaxed, family-friendly picnic right on the beach.

The Esplanade, Eastern Beach, Auckland 2012

Pro Tip: If you’d prefer to grab takeaways to eat on the beach, we highly recommend fish and chips from the Eastern Beach Dairy. They serve up fantastic kai!

10. Musick Point, Bucklands Beach

If you like an amazing outlook with your picnic, it’s hard to go past Musick Point in Bucklands Beach.

With far-reaching panoramic views and beautifully manicured grass and gardens, this park provides lots of great spots to lay a picnic rug out.

Whilst there, we recommend checking out the Musick Memorial Radio Station (which was opened in 1942) and taking a walk around the park. Keep your eyes peeled for rabbits too!

38R Clovelly Road, Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2012

11. Waitawa Regional Park, Franklin

Just 50km from central Auckland, you’ll find the Waitawa Regional Park. This park is made up of three small peninsulas and provides a great space for recreation.

This is the perfect place for a relaxed stroll, for bird watching, and, unsurprisingly, for a picnic!

Whilst there, we encourage you to check out the many walking tracks (though stunning native bush) and to make the most of the beautiful views from atop the hills.

If you’ve got a fishing rod at home, be sure to bring that too as you might well catch something off the Koherurahi Point wharf.

1168 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Kawakawa Bay 2585

Did you know? As a regional park, visible alcohol consumption is not allowed. You are, however, allowed to treat yourself to a glass of wine as long as you do so discretely – we recommend recanting your favourite drop. This is the official rule from the Auckland Council: “Visible and excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited”.

12. Karioitahi Beach

Located just 8km from Waiuku, a visit to Karioitahi Beach is the perfect excuse for a little day trip from Central Auckland.

Wild, windy and wonderful, as only West Coast beaches can be, it is definitely possible to find a sheltered spot to enjoy dinner as the sunsets in the ocean.

With stunning black sand and rugged surf, this beach is something of a local secret so you’ll be assured a quiet, private spot for your picnic.

Karioitahi Road, Lake Puketi 2683

My partner and I love a picnic at Karioitahi Beach for our date night. The sand dunes are the perfect spot to set up camp, munch our favourite burger (from Munted Jandal in Waiuku) and watch the sunset. But shhh, don’t tell anyone, it’s already busy enough for our liking as it is.

Alexandra Diethelm – Weekend Getaways
A woman holding a glass of wine while sitting on a picnic mat with her picnic bag, a small dedicated wineglass holder, and a small brown bag filled with bread.
Photo by Alexandra Diethelm.

With so many fantastic picnic spots in Auckland, we recommend setting a few days (or evenings) aside to find a new favourite!

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