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Picnics

Pikiniki

Where you can have a picnic

Ambury

There is one large bookable picnic site at Ambury.

Arataki Visitor Centre

The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which has more than 16,000ha of native rainforest.

Its 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches.

Atiu Creek

Atiu Creek is a great place for a picnic and it is easy to find a picturesque spot of your own.

Feel free to bring your own gas barbecue.

Groups of 75 people or more need a discretionary consent.

Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis

Awhitu

Although there are no designated picnic sites, feel free to find your own favourite spot to picnic.

Cascade Kauri

There are some great casual picnic sites in the area, such as Falls Road at Cascades, Lake Wainamu, Pae O Te Rangi Farm and Pukematekeo.

Cornwallis

Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming.

Be sure to visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau's 16 ferry wharves.

Duder

There are no designated picnic sites at Duder Regional Park, feel free to find your own favourite spot.

Glenfern Sanctuary

There are no bookable picnic sites but it is easy to find a favourite spot of your own.

Keep to the public access areas only.

Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa

A green oasis amid Auckland's urban and industrial sprawl, this park offers open pastures and expansive views.

Huia

Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour.

It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites and a huge choice of walks.

Hunua Falls

The Hunua Falls area has a large, flat area with picnic tables, and toilets only 10m from the large car park.

Swimming is considered unsafe.

Hunua Ranges

There are picnic tables at Hunua Falls, Wairoa and Mangatawhiri - or you can find your own favourite spot.

Karekare

Karekare is one of Auckland's most spectacular beaches and wilderness areas.

Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare was made famous by the Oscar-winning movie The Piano.

Long Bay

Long Bay is a fantastic place to have a picnic.

It is easy to find a picturesque and secluded spot for a small group, or book one of our designated picnic and event sites for your larger group.

There are free-to-use barbecues dotted around the park, or feel free to bring your own gas barbecue. For wood-fired barbecues you must bring your own fuel.

Groups of 100 people or more must book one of the seven bookable sites.

Mahurangi

There are no designated picnic areas but it is easy to find a favourite spot of your own.

Feel free to bring your own gas barbecue.

Groups of 75 or more need a discretionary consent.

Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis.

Scott Homestead and grounds are available to hire for small groups and family events.

Muriwai

Find your own favourite spot.

For larger groups special conditions apply.

Omana

Omana has bookable sites available for groups - or just find your own favourite spot.

Piha

Piha is one of Auckland's most famous west coast black sand beaches.

Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Piha is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers.

Scandrett

Scandrett is a great place for a picnic and it is easy to find a picturesque spot of your own.

Feel free to bring your own gas barbecue.

Groups of 75 people or more need a discretionary consent.

Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis.

Shakespear

Shakespear is a fantastic place to have a picnic.

It is easy to find a picturesque and secluded spot for a small group, or book one of our designated picnic and event sites for your larger group.

Groups of 100 people or more must book one of the bookable sites.

There are free-to-use barbecues available on the park, or feel free to bring your own gas barbeque.

Tapapakanga

There are designated picnic sites behind the beach.

Groups of 15 or more should book.

Tawharanui

There are no bookable picnic sites but it is easy to find a favourite spot of your own.

Feel free to bring your own gas barbecue.

Groups of 50 people or more need a discretionary consent.

Conditions apply and consent is granted on a case by case basis.

Tawhitokino

This small scenic park is located at the end of the Kawakawa Bay Coast Road.

Accessible from Waiti Bay only at low tide, Tawhitokino offers safe swimming and a beautiful, secluded stretch of white sand beach.

Te Henga - Bethells

Te Henga or Bethells Beach is another beach in the Waitakere Ranges worth visiting.

You will find sand dunes and Lake Wainamu - a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast beaches.

Waharau

There are picnic tables in the main park, or find your own favourite spot.

Waitakere Ranges

See individual parks for details about picnics in the Waitakere Ranges

Waitawa

Waitawa Regional Park offers some great sites for picnics such as Mataitai Bay, Waitawa Bay, Hauraki and Tikapa Moana car parks to name a few.

Most of these areas have picnic tables, and there are two gas barbecues at Mataitai Bay.

Bring along your picnic rug and food and discover your own site to relax and enjoy this stunning location.

Wenderholm

Wenderholm is a fantastic place to have a picnic.

It is easy to find a picturesque and secluded spot for a small group, or book one of our designated picnic and event sites for your larger group.

There are free-to-use barbecues and shelters dotted around the park, or feel free to bring your own gas barbecue.

For wood fired barbecue you need to bring your own fuel.

Groups of 100 people or more must book one of the 4 bookable sites.

Whakanewha

Picnic sites are available on a casual basis.

Whakatiwai

Whakatiwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges, which are unique not only in the Auckland region but also internationally significant.

The park includes a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds.

Whatipu

The Whatipu area is a scientific reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on its behalf by Auckland Council Regional Parks.

It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.