On a balmy afternoon when the sun is high, it doesn’t get much better than gathering some friends, packing some yummy food into containers and heading to one of the best picnic spots in Auckland. Whether heading out and about with friends or that special someone, it’s time to pack up some delicious treats and refreshing drinks and head to one of these five spots — they may just be the best in the city.
Mahurangi Cement Works
Location: 79/133 Wilson Road South, Warkworth
Darkly beautiful with its eroding buildings and lush green surrounds, New Zealand’s first cement manufacturing plant has become the pinnacle of off-piste picnicking since the late 1920s.
Location: Via Rosecamp Road Foreshore Reserve, Beach Haven
If it is a picturesque sunset meal you desire, this west-facing bay is the answer. A lack of signposts makes a hidden gem that the masses are unaware of, but the track — once found — is easily navigable and a breeze to walk.
A beautiful hidden gem located south of Muriwai Beach, Maukatia Bay is the perfect spot to park up for a picnic. Remote, wild and undeniably beautiful, this bay is the ideal place to watch the sun go down, just make sure you have all the essentials on hand.
Location: 24 Omana Ave, Epsom
While Mount Eden is arguably one of Auckland’s most popular picnic destinations, those in the know skip the climb and head to the 5.5-acre, flower-filled garden at its base.
Location: Corner of Stanley Point Road and Second Avenue, Devonport
Set down a narrow accessway on a quiet suburban street, you’ll often find this Pohutukawa-sheltered beach completely deserted, making it an easy contender for one of the best picnic spots in Auckland.