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Have fun for free this summer

Published: 16 December 2020

Having a great summer doesn't have to break the bank.

Throughout our region, there's heaps to do - from exploring Auckland's regional parks and beaches to taking part in library challenges, discovering public art and making the most of summer events.

Free events all summer

Head to the waterfront for a packed summer of America's Cup racing, including:

Find out more about the America's Cup, including when and where to watch the races.

Free music and movies in parks are back this summer too across the region, bringing hit films and local stars to a park near you.

Get full details of the summer lineups here on OurAuckland:

Find events taking place all summer long here on OurAuckland.

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:

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.

Explore public art

By exploring the stories behind Auckland's art this summer, you’ll learn more about the creativity of our artists and discover a different way to experience the city.

Visit Auckland Council’s Auckland Public Art / He Kohinga Toi website - - to discover more than 100 works of art near you.

Read more: Summer


Enjoy family favourites this summer

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

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.

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.

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.

Great days out this summer

Discover amazing wildlife, explore new exhibitions and uncover the past on great days out this summer.

Movies in Parks

Auckland Council presents 14 free movies screening in Auckland parks.

Cool down at your local pool

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

Explore art in Tāmaki Makaurau this summer

By exploring the stories behind Auckland's art, you’ll learn more about the creativity of our artists and discover a different way to experience the city this 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.

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.

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.

Explore our region this summer

Explore our region this summer and take your pick of Auckland's stunning beaches, bush, maunga and walkways.