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Enjoy family favourites this summer

Published: 21 January 2021

Get your summer sorted right here in Auckland with heaps of fun family activities across the region.

From splashpads with the kids to hikes through the bush and great days out at our museums and galleries, there's something for everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau this summer.

What's on this summer

From free concerts and film screenings to America's Cup racing, local markets, exhibitions, festivals and more, there's something for everyone happening in Auckland this summer.

Take a look at just some of the options below:

Find events taking place all summer long here on OurAuckland.

Playgrounds, parks and beaches

Enjoy a day out with your family at one of Auckland's fantastic parks or beaches or head to one of our playgrounds or walkways.

Get inspired:

Summer reading

Auckland’s 55 libraries have curated their Top 100 list of titles into ten tempting categories, especially for summer 2021, drawn from our librarians’ knowledge, published reviews and the region’s most popular books, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Take a look at the Top 100 list here and see a printable version of the list here.

Great days out

While you're exploring the city, keep an eye out for our fantastic public art collection. Visit the Auckland Public Art / He Kohinga Toi website to browse the region's art.

Get active for free

From splashpads to walkways, runs to bush hikes, there are plenty of ways to get active without spending any money.

Take a look at some of our great suggestions:

And more!

There's so much to do in Auckland this summer. Explore OurAuckland to discover events, walks, festivals and fun near you and get your summer sorted.

Read more: Summer


Where the wild things are

Auckland in summer is a great place to be a kid. And who better to give us the lowdown on the best places to have fun around the region than some of the young locals who live and play there.

Movies in Parks

Auckland Council presents 14 free movies screening in Auckland parks.

Six secret picnic spots

Take a look at our pick of the top six picnic spots across the region where you can set up a picnic blanket and relax with family and friends.

Your summer sorted

Get your summer sorted in Auckland with a huge range of events and activities, our region's parks, beaches and walkways, council facilities and more.

Seven local wanders

While Auckland grows increasingly more cosmopolitan, each summer brings new precincts to discover and explore. Here are our seven picks for destination wandering.

Cool down at your local pool

This time of the year is always great to get out and enjoy splashing around.

Dog days - great summer dog walking spots

Put on sunblock and get outside with your canine companion this summer to explore our pick of the best beaches and reserves across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Hike a volcano this summer

Tāmaki Makaurau is blessed with a multitude of maunga with many located on the isthmus.

Auckland's new summer gems

Many of us love a staycation, and there’s never been a better time to stay put. Here are five of the best ways to explore Auckland’s backyard this summer.

Get active for free this summer

With so much to explore and do outdoors, here are some ideas to help get the whole whānau active this summer.