Top 6 spring picnic pozzies
With spring swinging in with its warmer days and clear blue skies, it’s time to head outdoors and celebrate the glory of the warmer months. Fancy an afternoon picnic and wondering where to go? We’ve got you covered - pack your favourite treats, grab your favourite people and head to some of our top picnic spots.
If you’re visiting Hawke’s Bay with little ones, then put Keirunga Gardens on your picnic to-do-list. Take a delicious spread with you, sit back and relax in the open-spaced park while the kids let loose on the playground and miniature train. While you let lunch settle, wander down the Arthurs Path set among a woodland of old Oak Trees.
A location enjoyed by both adults and kids, the eight hectares of sprawling English village green, stunning gardens, and a fully equipped playground make for a fun picnic location. Once you’ve finished grazing, take some time out to explore your wonderful surroundings, including the unique Osmanthus Gardens, see the ducks, and enjoy the glorious Hawke’s Bay weather under the enormous lofty trees.
Another entertaining spot for the kids – this park has been named one of the best playgrounds in the country and provides the perfect day out for the entire family. With plenty of open space, the kids will have a riot exploring the fun equipment, while you can take a breather while watching the kids from the comfort of your picnic area.
If you’re after a more secluded spot with a stunning outlook, you can’t go past Waimarama Beach. Sitting pretty south of Hastings, this stretch of beach is an idyllic place to picnic the afternoon away. Once you’ve finished grazing, stroll down the beach and take in the sweeping views of the stunning coastline and ocean.
Park up at the covered picnic area near the carpark before or after taking in the easy loop track. The focal point is the famous 34m high Tōtara tree, which makes for great photos as everyone counts how many arms it takes to wrap around its mighty trunk. If you're in a position to hang around for dusk, you might even catch a glimpse of the local colony of long-tailed bats emerging to feed.
Located in the heart of Napier city, Marine Parade is a picnickers dream destination. Eat your goodies on the beach, the grass area, or at the Sunken Gardens – there’s plenty to choose from. There’s also plenty to do; from the playground, skating rink, ice-cream parlours, outdoor basketball court and more, you may never want to leave.