15 Of The Best Summer Activities To Do In Auckland This Season

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

Auckland Best Summer Things To Do

Indeed, summer is the most blissful time of the year. And, there is nothing more delightful than the sun splitting the rocks, while taking part in outdoor summer activities. Hence why we tracked down the 15 most thrilling summer activities for you to do in Auckland.

1. Waiheke Horse Riding

Winter Auckland
Photo Credit: Waiheke Horse Tours

Head to Waiheke Island for an epic horse riding tour on Woodside Bay. Let loose and ride along the beaches while embracing the stunning scenery the island has to offer. It makes a great weekend family activity or friends getaway. For more information or bookings, visit the Waiheke Island Tours website.

📍 Waiheke Island, Auckland 

2. Visit the beach

Best Beaches Auckland Summer
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Already, we’ve listed the best beaches to visit this summer in Auckland. Certainly, one of the greatest summer activities providing a variety of fun.

📍 Various Locations

3. Butterfly Creek

Explore the tropical butterfly house, dinosaur kingdom and get up close and personal with some wildlife like New Zealand’s only salt water crocodiles, Scar and Goldie. Animal enthusiasts will adore this spot for a day of fun. It also makes one of the best educational summer activities for all ages.

📍 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

4. Frosé Your Way

Bottomless Frosé Auckland

After success in 2021, this epic bottomless Frosé bar has returned to Auckland. Read all about it here.

📍 Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

5.  Summer Festivals

Best Festivals Summer 2022 Auckland
Photo Credit: Auckland Pride 2022

Wonderfully, we’ve listed the most unmissable upcoming festivals this summer and beyond in Auckland. Definitely, mingling on the lawns, in festival gear, beer to hand, is the ultimate summer scene.

📍 Various Locations

6. Hot Springs

Another fantastic summer activity. Excitingly, you can visit many hot pools around Auckland. We recommend taking a short ferry ride, and hiking the track to visit Kaitoke Hot Springs in Great Barrier Island.

📍 Great Barrier Island , Auckland

7. Watch a sunset or sunrise

Summer Activities 2022 Auckland
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Whether you want to capture the perfect shot on your camera or in your mind, you’ve got visit one of the best sunset and sunrises places in Auckland this season.

📍 Various Locations

8. Summer Ice Cream

Best Ice Cream Auckland
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Get out for a walk, and treat yourself to ice cream from one of the best ice cream shops in Auckland.


📍 Various Locations

9. Instagrammable Auckland

If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of the most instagrammable places in Auckland, then get yourself dressed up and head out on a insta-worthy adventure. Alternatively, check out the most instagrammable food dishes in Auckland.

📍 Various Locations 

10. Auckland Zoo

Animal lovers will enjoy a day at the zoo, which hosts 144 different species, and over 1400 animals, with the biggest diversity of wildlife in New Zealand. Certainly, the perfect summer activity. Book your tickets via the Auckland Zoo website.

📍 Motions Rd, Auckland 1022, New Zealand

11. Kayaking to Rangitoto Island

This is one of the best date ideas in Auckland. Take a 6 hour kayaking sunset tour to explore the wonderful Rangitoto Island. Even beginners will be able for the one hour of paddling to get to the island, followed by a hike to the volcano summit. Indeed, it makes an epic summer activity.

12. Summer Picnic

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Excitingly, have a picnic at one of the best picnic areas in Auckland, or head to one of the best beaches with a DIY picnic. Additionally, you could order one of the greatest shared platters as a picnic instead.

📍 Various Locations

13. Glamping

Glamping Date
Photo Credit: Glamping Hub

Glamping is one of our favourite things to do this season. Particularly, this Waiuku accommodation is just 50 minutes from Auckland. It’s also totally romantic. The cabin boasts plenty of cosy spots to relax and it even has an outdoor bath where you can sip champagne while watching the incredible sunset. Visit Glamping Hub for more information.

14. Rainbow’s End

This unique theme park is just what you need to get your adrenaline pumping this summer. With plenty of rides, you could spend the day here and never get bored. For those afraid of heights, you could opt to do the bumper boats or laser tag play zone.

📍 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104, New Zealand

15. Sea Life Auckland

For those of you who prefer to hide away from the sun, check out the incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans here. Likewise, other activities include the Animal Adventure jump which involves going snorkeling in a shark tank. Otherwise, you can get close to cute penguins, if the sharks are a little too much.

📍 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand

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