18 rules and tips for lush picnics in New Zealand

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You don’t have to ask a kiwi what a typical thing to do in New Zealand is. You can see for yourself that every green field, every little beach and generally every spot in the open air (and they have a lot of open air) is a perfect picnic spot.

Picnics are more than just eating on a blanket while contemplating the nature. Picnics are also perfect opportunities for a family get-together, for eating healthy stuff while collecting vitamin D and as in our case – taking a break from driving to have some time for reflecting everything nice that we’ve seen on the road.

We collected memories from our picnics during our one-month stay in New Zealand and here we go! We started collecting picnic spots but it turned out to be a collection of tips and funny rules at the end of the day!

 

Who says you can’t have a picnic in a nice winery yard with magnificent views over the island of Waiheke? Cheers!

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Picnic on Waiheke island

Grab a sandwich and enjoy the view on a beach which name you can’t remember.

 

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The “kitchen” table
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Sandwiches long gone…

Picnic rule number one: Never forget your food

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Hungry but happy on Urupukapuka island

Your porch can be the perfect picnic spot

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Technically this is not a picnic but this porch deserves a spot, don’t you think? A porch in Kerikeri…

Thermal springs and freshly cooked meals

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Ready to eat in front of the Te Puia village central meeting hall.

 

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The food is cooking itself on the hot steam.

Ancient cooking techniques 

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Women from Mitai village cooking maori style.

 

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Stop salivating!

Mountain picnics are always the most tasty ones

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Climbing fuel – carrots. Location – somewhere on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

 

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Look where a couple of carrots may take you…

Napier picnics seem to include wine every time

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Sommeliers get easily distracted from the flash.

 

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Another porch that is begging you to picnic. A hidden village hill in the area of Napier.

Picnic rule number two: Bring your facilities

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Watching fiords is better from a comfy chair. Somewhere near Picton.

Picnic rule number three: If you can’t fit in a selfie then it’s too much food

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Lake Rotoiti and its stony beach.

Finding some shade can be a hard task.

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How about a cool down near Arthur’s Pass village?

 

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After the long search of a picnic spot

Picnic by the sea

Kaikoura waters have therapeutic effect

Picnic rule number four: Get used to crowds

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Evening picnics are a social event. Happy new year from Christchurch!

Fast-food picnics are still picnics

Lack of preparation led us to fast-food vegan burgers at lake Taupo

Picnic rule number five: Seagulls are competition

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A bite in the open air?

 

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Lebanese meals at the Botanical Garden in Dunedin – seagulls currently hiding.

Picnic spots come often unexpected.

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An unexpected picnic view in Timaru

 

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Shade, sea view and hummus – all you need right now?

Picnic rule number six: Not every spot in the open air is a picnic spot

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Some places are just there to visually enjoy. Take your time for jumpies while driving to Milford Sound.

City picnic? Yes, please!

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30-minute queue in the open air and it is just starting to rain…that’s a picnic in Queenstown!

Last rule of picnics: Enjoy!

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Picnics in New Zealand come best with a glass of wine and dreamy views. Otago region will offer you both.

 

And don’t forget – picnic rules are there to be broken and tips are there to unleash your picnic imagination! Happy picnics! 🙂

Where was your last picnic? Did you become aware of some new tips and tricks? Want to share on a picnic somewhere?

 

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8 Responses

  1. Stephania Tapela
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    If these are the regular things to do in NZ, I want to move there 😀

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      So do I! Everything is so straightforward and pleasant there!

  2. Some interesting places to have picnics. We did 4 weeks on South Island and never had one picnic but we did do and see lots of beautiful things.

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      Hey, now you’ll have some ideas for different kind of exploration when you go back to NZ. It was super beautiful, wasn’t it? 🙂

  3. The Walking Map
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    “Porch” is a Pearl Jam song. “Funland at the Beach” is a Dead Kennedys song!

  4. Antonina
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    The photos are mind blowing. Who could resists having picnics there? 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing great ideas and lovely images.

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      Thank you for the nice words. Picnics are really hard to resist, it’s true 🙂

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