19 Exciting Things To Do In Auckland This January 2022

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

Best Things To Do Auckland

We’ve graciously put together a list of fun activities, whether it be from the comfort of your own home or other cool attractions around Auckland in the new traffic light system. Here are 19 of the best things to do in Auckland this January.

1. 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

2. Summer On Queens Wharf

Experience summer with plenty of free community events and activities perfect for all ages. From sunrise yoga, gym classes, virtual reality events, and more…you won’t be disappointed.

📍 Queens Wharf, Auckland 

3. Plane Sailing Festival

Enjoy the first major music festival of the year, in Victoria Park, on January 8. Expect an array of exciting artists, from Hybrid Minds, Friction, Holy Golf, and plenty more. Get tickets via the Ticket Fairy website.

📍 Victoria Park, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

4. Summer In The Square

From January 28, Auckland Live presents this iconic summer programme. Make your summer evenings special with live entertainment, chilling and drinking in a beautiful urban garden, enjoying open-air movies on bean bags, celebrating plenty of festivals, and more.

📍 Various Locations 

5. Mary Quant

Mary Quant Exhibition
Photo Credit: Auckland Art Gallery

Fashion enthusiasts will not want to miss this exhibition about fashion icon Mary Quant. The exhibition landed in Auckland in December. Read about it here.

📍 Auckland Art Gallery, Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, New Zealand

6. Brunches

Enjoy all the food places you missed during lockdown. See our list of the best summer brunches in Auckland to see where you should go.

📍 Various Locations 

7. Waiheke Island

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Get lost among the spectacular beaches, impressive vineyards, glorious coastlines and native wildlife. Additionally, dine at one of the most romantic dining spots in Auckland here.

8. 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

9. 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.

10. Summer Picnic

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Excitingly, you could 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

11. Glamping

Glamping Date
Photo Credit: Glamping Hub

Opt to spend a night in this Waiuku accommodation just 50 minutes drive from Auckland. One of the most romantic and best things to do this month. 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.

12. Holey Moley Golf Club

This quirky chain offers an entertaining and multi-sensory mini golf experience paired with bizarre cocktails and tasty food. Likewise, there are plenty of picture-perfect moments in this house of fun. For bookings, visit the Holey Moley website.

📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

13. Summer Ice Cream

Best Ice Cream Auckland
Photo Credit: Pixabay

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

14. 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, go on an Instagrammable food hunt. For example, check out the most instagrammable food dishes in Auckland.

📍 Various Locations 

15. Boutique Cinema

Why not support the film industry and visit your local cinema. In fact, you could elevate your screen experience by lying back in luxurious chairs, stuffing your face with popcorn and snacks, and catching up on some Hollywood action. For example, The Vic in Devonport or Silky Otter Cinemas are stunning spaces to catch a new blockbuster.

📍 Various Locations

SEE MORE: The Best Movies To Watch On Netflix

16. Explore the North Island

After all the time spent at home during lockdown, why not plan an epic weekend escape somewhere new. See our list of the best North Island experiences from Auckland.

📍 Various Locations 

17. Netflix

Netflix is constantly buzzing with surreal new shows if you’re too scared to leave the house. Check out the best new Netflix shows to binge-watch this month here.

18. Vector Wero Whitewater Park

This spot is perfect for people of all ages who want to enjoy watersports in the summer sunshine. Think rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, and plenty more lake activities. Indeed, one of the best things to do this month in Auckland.

📍 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Auckland 2104, New Zealand

19. Golden Lights Festival

This is one of the best upcoming festivals in Auckland, scheduled to take place on January 7. Indeed, it will impress electronic music lovers. Expect favourites like Fisher and Dimension, along with Mollie King, Culture Shock, and more, making an iconic appearance to the golden hills of Blenheim.

📍 Trust Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland 0610, New Zealand

SEE MORE: The Best Beaches To Visit In Auckland This Summer

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