BBQing the Bay – North – Tahi of Wha

Some seasons ago I recommended families purchase wet-weather gear (gumboots, pants, jacket and perhaps a Paddington Bear hat) and embrace the raindrops and all they have to offer, such as their soundtrack, puddles, wet eye-lashes, for some – curly hair, the wild wind that often accompanies them, and the hot baths, hot chocolates, and dry clothes that follow.

Now, I prescribe dining al fresco, c/- Tauranga’s abundant bundle of free BBQs dotted about in parks, often looking over picturesque waters and sculpted gardens.

They, these council maintained BBQs, really are free. Perhaps one downside is you can’t book them, but if your destination is Fergusson Park there are four (wha), yes that’s right, wha BBQs on offer and failing that try the rua neighbouring reserves/parks, Kulim Park and Beach Road Reserve – which can be reached by foot or bicycle and I guess kayak if you must, along that delightful harbourside walk/boat way.

There is a grande total of sixteen (tekau ma ono) BBQ destinations to frequent. My plan now is to photograph these hot spots to publicise this service and to herald friends and family to bring the ‘kids’ together for some outdoor summer fun. I shall publish these in a four-part series starting North, going East, South and finishing as the sun does in the West.

I karanga you to: abandon everything that should be done and all the consequences of not sticking to routine and instead be reckless and share dinner outside in some random park with friends on a ‘school night’. Be spontaneous even. Be in nature – yours and everyones.

We’d love to see pics of your favourite BBQ in nature. Email:

We kick-or-cook-off with the northern BBQs of the Bay…

Marine Parade, Opposite Tay St (Dairy), Mt Maunganui

Marine Parade, Opposite 45 Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui

Marine Parade, Opposite 33/34 Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui

Pilot Bay Reserve, Opposite 27A The Mall, Mt Maunganui

‘Sweet Dreams’ Mauao and Tauranga Moana. Soon we travel east to where the sun welcomes our day.

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