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Dine in Parks and Reserves While Travelling

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

New Zealand and Australian tourist hot spots are famous for parks, reserves and botanical gardens. These parks showcase unique natural wonders and cultures from the areas in which they are located. There are many enchanting examples that provide a range of dining facilities and options. Also, keep in mind that local council's often offer facilities free of charge.


Many parks have plenty of space to set up a self catered affair and also have varied commercial eateries on site. Head for town domains or water front reserves, to soak up the local landscape and history, as a side to your meal. Scroll to explore my three suggestions for an alfresco luncheon.


1. Pack Yourself a Picnic Lunch


I produce a lunch basket for 4 adults for about $10. I include seasonal fruit, salad rolls, a sweet and a thermos of tea.


When traveling, I love to pack picnics when we stay in accommodation that has self cater facilities. Budget, flavour and nutrition are the winners.


Pack an interesting picnic basket while travelling.

2. Visit a Cafe or Take Away


Derek and I visited the Quarry Gardens in Whangarei, New Zealand. We enjoyed lunch in the onsite cafe, Quail Cafe . I rated this 5 on Trip Advisor The cost for the 2 of us was $40 which is fine for a treat.

A really good coffee from the Quail Cafe located in the Quarry Gardens Whangarei

Home style baked goods from the Quail Cafe. Whangarei. This style reflects the English Settlers traditions.

Specimens from the gardens displayed in the Quail Cafe, Whangarei.

Kaikoura is a top New Zealand tourist destination. Try a seaside take out from Nin's Bin

Beach front dining at Nin's Bin, Kaikoura, NZ.


3. Light Up the Barbeque


In New Zealand speak, 'pick up some snags, toss a salad', and head for a local park or reserve that provides barbeque facilities. There is literally thousands through out the country.


Sites operate using different booking systems and charges, so check it out prior, that's if your an organised type.


Pictured below is The Point , in Ngaruawahia, NZ. This riverside park has a permanent barbecue available to the publuc. It is managed by the Waikato District Council and is paired with Freedom Camping. The supermarket is 5 mins up the road and offers everything from budget to gourmet in terms of cost.


Barbeque facilities at The Point, Ngarauwahia, NZ. Freedom Camping facilities available.

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