Auckland and its surrounds has been perfect for picnicking with warm balmy days and very little breeze. There are so many great options like:
Walk off your lunch by strolling up to the lookout and listen to the robins on the way.
or really close to home for me, Mairangi Bay
There is now a reserve across the road from the beach where you can sit under a shady tree. If you can’t be bothered to picnic, buy the best fish and chips around at the Mairangi Bay fisheries. Their fresh wet fish is great too.
Finish off with a gelato from Paper Moon
Mairangi Bay Fisheries
Selling fresh fish as well as cooked fish and chips. Parking right outside the door. Everything cooked in healthy Canola oil.
Open Mon & Tues 9.30am-7.30pm, Wed-Sat 9.30am-8pm, Sun 11.30am-8pm
Phone 479 4517
360 Beach Rd, Mairangi Bay View Map
If you want to go a little further afield then Waipu is a great little spot. Their reserve is private and looks on to the river. They have a big flat rock there where you can lay out your table.
It has a Scottish heritage so wear your kilt.
And finally my favourite beach spot of all time, Tawhitokino
You have to get the tide right and there is a steep but short climb up and over but it is really worth it. There is a DOC camp there too but you need to cart in all your supplies including water.
How to get to Tawhitokino
Physical Address: 265 Kawakawa Bay Coast Road, Clevedon
From Clevedon follow the signs to Kawakawa Bay. Continue to Waiti Bay at the end of Kawakawa Bay Coast Rd. From there follow the Tawhitokino track on foot around the rocks and over Papanui Point to the beach. Access only at low tide.
Get picnicking everyone before the weather turns to custard.