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Sunny day dining

Make the most of a warm day or evening by combining with the famous food and wine scene. Here's where to dine al fresco.

Maranui outdoors
Maranui at Lyall Bay

Waterfront dining 

Bask in the glory of Wellington’s stunning harbour at one of these waterfront eateries:

Pickle Pie deck
Pickle & Pie in Lombard Laneway

Hot sun in the city

When the sun is shining bright, here are our favourite spots to head for brunch, lunch, dinner or anything in between:

  • Soak up the sun in Pickle & Pie's courtyard in Lombard Laneway
  • Go for brunch and sit out in Fidels sun-drenched courtyard 
  • There's nothing like lunch in the sun at Nikau Café - glass of rosé optional, but highly recommended 
  • One for those in the know: The Salty Pidgin in Brooklyn has a lovely outdoor garden, perfect for those summer lunches or early evening bites
  • Go for brunch or lunch at Prefab and sit out on their dog-friendly deck
  • The Botanist in Lyall Bay has a beaut garden bar - go for brunch on a sunny morning or make the most of those long summer evenings with dinner and drinks 
picnic couple
Picnic on Mt Vic

Places to picnic

Head to Moore Wilson's for picnic supplies or pick up some fish and chips and head to one of these local favourite picnic spots:

  • Head to the beach – Oriental Bay, Scorching Bay, Island Bay, Petone or Eastbourne
  • Enjoy the colour and sounds at Wellington Botanic Garden
  • Relax on the grass at Waitangi Park, near Te Papa
  • Take your takeaways to Frank Kitts Park in the heart of the city on the Wellington Waterfront
  • Grab takeaways from Mount Vic Chippery and head up to Mt Vic lookout
  • Have a BBQ by the river in the valley at Otari-Wilton's Bush