1. Otari-Wilton’s Bush
Location: 150 Wilton Road, Wilton, Wellington 6012
With over 1,200 native plants, hybrids and cultivars, Otari-Wilton’s Bush has many spots where you can set up your perfect picnic. The deck in front of Leonard Cockayne Centre is a great place if you need accessibility options for your picnic guests.
Top tip from the Wellington City Council whānau: “Head straight to Troup Lawn where they have two barbecues to make your picnic extra delicious. It’s really the best spot!”
Furry friends are allowed but must be on a lead. For more barbecue spots see here.
2. Khandallah Park
Location: Woodmancote Road, Khandallah, Wellington 6035
Khandallah Park has one of the largest areas of native forest in our city. With 9 kilometres of walking tracks and 60 hectares of bush, as well as the ultimate flying fox, there are many fantastic activities you can do before you sit down for your picnic.
Top tip from the Council whānau: “Go on a nice hot day, have a swim in the pool and then find a nice area to sit down by the flying fox and enjoy your picnic and afternoon activities.”
Furry friends are allowed but must be on a lead.
3. Willowbank Reserve
Location: 16 Boscobel Lane, Tawa, Wellington 5028
At Willowbank Reserve there is five hectares of lawn with plenty of room for your picnic and fun outdoor games with your family and friends. But that’s not all. This is the best spot to picnic when the weather isn’t too great outside, as it has two picnic tables under canopies that provide shelter from rain or sun.
Top tip from the Council whānau: “Fruit trees, eels to feed in the stream, and a big lawn for activities. Enough said.”
Furry friends are allowed but must be on a lead, unless in the dedicated dog exercise area. Dogs not allowed in kids’ play areas.