Top picks for outdoor living

Alfresco eating doesn’t have to mean paper plates, plastic cutlery and disposable cups.

By Louise Richardson
Top picks for outdoor living

One of the best things our great New Zealand summer is the ability to dine outdoors – both home and away. Every day across the land barbecues are fired up and picnic sets packed with irresistible goodies. Although having matching accessories isn’t essential, it’s fun, and there are some surprisingly good buys out there. Here are some of our top picks for outdoor living.

These Bella lamps – small $12.95, large $29.95 – Parnell Agencies look wonderful hung around the garden in the trees.

Dine in style outdoors this summer with acrylic wave dinnerware – $7.99 to $32.99 from Farmers.

Tupperware’s H20 On-the-Go sets of re-usable bottles with tip-top covers are ideal for use at home or away. The 1-litre set of four costs $62, and the 500ml set is $32. An easy way to keep hydrated in the hotter months.

Capture outdoor fun and preserve it forever with this nifty Fuji lm XF1 pocket-sized camera at $799. It has lots of fun features, including the EXR mode, which takes charge and selects the optimum settings for your images.

Add romance with gorgeous floating candles, $8 each from Living Light.

These Belanda chairs are perfect for the poolside, $249 per pair, coffee table $99.99, from EziBuy

Citronella candles help keep pesky mossies at bay, $7.99 each from Farmers.

Add a modern touch to summer entertaining with the Mini Globe Lantern, $40.89. It emits a soft, ethereal glow when the tea light is burning and can oat. Hand-sculpted entirely out of wax, it has a refillable glass tea-light holder embedded inside. From Living Light.

The Rinnai GT3-V Super Fly barbecue, $699, is for home chefs looking to elevate steak grilling to an art form. With three stainless-steel burners, fold-down sides, cast iron grill and hot plate, enamel skin hood and powder-coated body, the GT3-V is perfect for creating gourmet sensations.

Keep the cook happy with a smart barbecue apron, $19.95 from Parnell Agencies.

You’ll never misplace this bright Cheers wine holder, $9.99 from Farmers.

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