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Perfect picnic spots

Whether home or abroad, a picnic is a great outing for taking time to relax and enjoy nature.

Wainuiomata Recreation Area people sitting at lower dam lake
Wainuiomata Rec Area
Harcourt Park paddling pool
Harcourt Park

Historic dam in sheltered valley

Explore Wainuiomata Recreation Area to discover pure New Zealand amongst 340 hectares of native bush. There's also plenty of mown grass for picnics. A short walk opens out to a great river swimming spot. After lunch take a walk to the historic dam – the source of Wellington’s water supply.

Summer paddling pool

For the perfect picnic spot for people with young kids head to Harcourt Park. There’s plenty of big trees for shade, the bush area is suitable for push chairs, buggies and wheelchairs and there’s a paddling pool too. A flying fox, adventure playground and sound shell (for practising X-Factor routines) will keep the older kids entertained. 

 

Remutaka Forest Park Mt Matthews Track credit Nemanja Stanar
Mt Matthews track
Photo credit: Nemanja Stanar
Kaitoke Regional Park Rivendell
Rivendell

Secluded spots

Get away to nature with plenty of grassed nooks and crannies and no cell phone coverage. Make it a longer trip and explore one of the many walking tracks through native bush or camp overnight for a fee. Explore Remutaka Forest Park and Catchpool Valley by entering from Coast Road, Wainuiomata.

Babbling brooks and ancient trees

During Lord of the Rings filming, Kaitoke Regional Park became Rivendell, a refuge and rallying place for elves. Bundle up your own elves and head to this sheltered spot with clear water where camping is popular. It’s mighty popular but there’s hundreds of hidden spots to put down a private picnic.

Make your way to Rivendell, head north from Upper Hutt on SH2 and turn left onto Waterworks Road.

Ice creams in the sun

It’s a rite of passage to jump off the wharf at Days Bay. Leap and holler your way into the sea then spend the day lazing about Williams Park. Pop into the store for an ice cream or cook your lunch on the free barbeque. You can alternate eating and napping with swimming in warm sea water just across the road.

Walk to the giant Rata tree

In a peaceful valley behind Eastbourne is Butterfly Creek. The picnic spot with four tracks leading to it and kids will enjoy the anticipation of finding the spot. Although, if they’re hungry and cranky take Kowhai Track, it’s the most direct. See a map of the area