Love Our Lakes

Love your lake picnic

If you’re planning a trip to the Upper Waitaki lakes, pack your own picnic to reduce food and drink rubbish when visiting your favourite lakeside spot.

It may take a little more planning but going retro – using plates, a flask, and reusable containers – really cuts down on the rubbish that’s left when you pack up your picnic. The difference is surprising; a couple of apple cores versus a bag of rubbish!

Ideas for a low-waste picnic

  • Use a picnic set rather than disposable plates and cutlery
  • Fruit is a great low-waste option
  • Aim to pack sandwiches at home rather than buying prepackaged items
  • Use beeswax wraps or reusable containers for storing food
  • Remember to pack a reusable drink bottle rather than buying bottled drinks
  • Make some popcorn for snacks
  • Don’t forget some yummy home baking brought in a cake tin or container
  • Pack a face cloth for wiping hands and faces rather than paper serviettes or baby wipes
  • Take a flask and re-usable coffee cups for hot drinks
  • Make sure you either take home any waste or dispose of it in provided waste bins
  • Remember to use the public toilet facilities provided!

Upper Waitaki Zone Committee Facilitator Barb Gilchrist

Which lunch? Barb Gilchrist (Water Zone Committee member for Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora) compares a low-waste picnic lunch to a packaged/bought lunch.

Upper Waitaki Zone Committee Facilitator Barb Gilchrist

Barb Gilchrist shows the difference in leftover picnic waste between the two lunches.

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Water quality in our lakes

We regularly monitor water quality at popular swimming spots around Canterbury.

Results are available through Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA), New Zealand's most comprehensive source of water data.