Favourite beach picnic spots line Auckland’s coast. There are picnic places to suit different needs: like spontaneous picnics, family picnics with smaller children, BBQ picnics that are perfect for large groups or reunion style picnics. Then there are picnics during a tramp for taking a rest or enjoying a particular beautiful scenic view. Then there is the romantic picnic where one chooses a secluded spot at the beach.
Larger picnic areas like Cornwallis Beach and Muriwai Beach are usually equipped with a gas burning BBQ, picnic tables and close by restroom facilities. Bookable sites for groups between 50 and 60 people sites at Cornwallis Beach can be booked through the Auckland Council website. Otherwise, the Department of Conservation allows on all designated picnic areas to bring your own portable gas BBQ. For even larger groups of up to 500 people these Auckland Regional Parks are worth to check out: Long Bay, Wenderholm, Awhitu, Ambury, Omana, Shaakespear and Whakanewha on Waiheke Island.
A casual picnic is possible anywhere at the beach. The closest Beach access is available at Piha, Muriwai, Cornwallis and Huia as well as some smaller bays around Manukau Harbour. A short walk to the beach is necessary at Karekare. Whatipu and Anawhata have the longest walking distance to access the beach. Whatipu has a casual picnic site between car park and beach and Karekare has one just aside of the car park.
Picnic at a lookout means taking a short walk to one of the lookouts to get a scenic view from high up. It also indicates less space to spread out picnic dishes since lookouts often are marked just by a bench to rest for taking in the view. Lookouts have also the drawback of being people magnets and therefore an undisturbed picnic is only in times possible that are not so attractive for lookout walkers. Piha has short lookout walks at the north and south end and the most frequented point is on top of Lion Rock.
The family picnic with younger children profits from close by playgrounds. Picnic situation offering this are at Huia Beach and Muriwai Beach.
In general, New Zealanders love their outdoors and avidly use picnic areas in regional parks, parks and along the many beaches. Spending time outdoors with family and friends is an important part of day-to-day kiwi life. For ideas what to take on a healthy picnic meal please check out EasyHealthyRecipesForKids.com