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Cambridge has many great picnic spots, all within easy reach.

The most central of these is Victoria Square, which resembles an English village green and is within minutes of the supermarkets and bakeries where you might want to buy your picnic treats.

family-picnic cambride-isiteIn summer, cricket is played on the square and it hosts the Farmer's Markets on weekends . Lake Te Ko Utu, located on Albert Street, provides a tranquil setting for picnics with a paid BBQ available and bathroom facilities close by.

Leamington Domain is ideal for a family picnic as children can make use of facilities for games such as netball, tennis and skating, or even fly a kite.

Gwyneth Common (bounded by Scott, Carlyle, Thompson and Browning Streets) is another child-friendly park with lots of open space. For small children, take them to the playground in Thornton Rd beside Te Ko Utu Park. After they've burned off some energy, wander down to the lake inside the park to enjoy your snack.

If you fancy your picnic beside the water, either go for a stroll along the banks of the Waikato River or head for the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro. On the way there from Cambridge you'll see a couple of parking areas where you can enjoy a picnic, or simply find a spot in the domain.

If you don't mind exercise that's slightly more challenging, go to Maungakawa Scenic Reserve and look for the picnic area in Gudex Memorial Park where there are tables, fireplaces, water supply and toilets, as well as parking for your car.

Pirongia Forest Park has picnic areas at the end of both Corcoran and Grey Roads and beside the Kaniwhaniwha Stream on Karamu Limeworks Rd.

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Visit Rotopiko Reserve for a pest-free picnic. Enjoy easy walks, lake views, ancient swamp forest, rare plants and native birds.


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