1) Road trip to the West Coast Beaches
Grab your rental car, press play on those summer tunes and escape the hustle and bustle to an Aucklander's favourite backyard playground. While in Auckland, you can’t miss the opportunity of exploring the West Coast with its black sand beaches, big waves and beautiful native bush. Piha, Muriwai and Bethells beach are the most popular to visit and must do beaches while visiting Auckland. If you're feeling energised and up for the hike, we recommend leaving your car at the Bethell's Beach car park and heading up the Te Henga walkway to catch some snap-worthy views overlooking Auckland's rugged West Coast.
2) Picnic on a Volcano
Did you know that Auckland is home to 48 volcanoes? It's not until you reach one of the summits can you truly take in how many volcanoes dominate Auckland's unique landscape. If you're searching for the best views in the city, you will certainly find them on one of Auckland's many volcanoes and what better spot to host a picnic and soak up the sunshine. We recommend climbing to the top of Mount Eden during twilight hours and watching the city lights and sky tower come to life.
3) Wine Tasting on Waiheke
For such a little island,Waiheke packs some serious activity punch. Surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal blue waters (with very few sharks, this isn’t Australia), it is the perfect place to go hungry and sober and leave full and a little tipsy – maybe. Catch a 35 minute ferry ride or alternatively ride in style and catch the seaplane. No trip to Waiheke would be complete without tasting some of Waiheke's exceptional wine at the cellar door. Our top picks are Cable Bay Vineyard, Mudbrick, and Man O'War Vineyards.
3) Summer Sessions on the Viaduct
With longer daylight hours and warmer weather, the season of summer sessions are upon us. If you're looking for a spot to enjoy evening drinks, bites and soak up the views of the city of sails, the viaduct is home to a number of hip bars and establishments. Our recommendation Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co., The Lula Inn, and the new Holey Moley mini golf cocktail bar.
4) Gigs, gigs, and more gigs
We can't deny that we are spoilt for choice with the number of international acts and music events hitting our shores this summer. The tough part will be choosing who to go to. From The Eagles, Shaina Twain to Florence and the Machine, there's a number of great concerts you won't want miss. Check out what's on at Spark Arena this summer.
5) Summer at Silo Park
Commencing December 21st, Silo Park will be hosting a number of vibrant events every Friday, Saturday and Sunday right until the end of March. Silo will be the place to hang this summer, with a number exciting events, entertainment, food trucks, live music and movie nights. Check out the programme of What's On at Silo this summer.
6) Taste International Cuisine at the Auckland Night Markets
Located right next door to Crowne Plaza Auckland, every Saturday from 5pm-12am, the Atrium Elliott street car park is transformed into a buzzing night market featuring stalls, live entertainment, and food. Make sure to arrive to the Auckland Night Markets on an empty stomach and sample some delicious cultural dishes from all over the world.
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