There’s nothing quite like summer time in Auckland City, and we have rounded up our favourite ways to enjoy the warmer weather on any budget. With a varied abundance of options, we have you covered whether you are dining, entertaining the kids, or simply looking for a way to spend time outside.

Silo Park Cinema


Movies at Silo Park | Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street

Embrace the novelty of enjoying classic and recent films in the open air cinema of Silo Park. With offerings ranging from The Princess Bride to Apollo 11, there is a film to satisfy all tastes. Auckland being Auckland, don’t forget to take a blanket for when it gets chilly later in the evening, and be sure to pop down early to claim a good spot. Each movie starts at 9pm but don’t be afraid to be more than punctual so you can indulge in the food truck offerings.


Summer in the Square


Summer in the Square at Aotea Square | 291 - 297 Queen Street

What better way to bask in the sun than in Aotea Square. Home to a number of fairs, music festivals and outdoor gatherings, the square is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the city’s ambiance.


The Churchill


Views from The Churchill | 396 Queen Street

No better place to escape the heat than heading to one of our favourite rooftop bars: The Churchill. For those clammier nights, the air conditioning and the amazing view will be enough to draw you there, but it’s the drinks menu that will have you there for the long haul. Make sure to try one of their many gins, or the house champagne. 

The Brit


Catch up at The Brit | 122 Quay Street

If a hot summer's day has you longing for a cold beer, head down to the Brit for a local brew with a friend. Catch up over a plate of their delicious chicken schnitzel or try one of their creative cocktails on one of the outdoor tables. The Brit is our local go-to pub this summer.


Victoria Park

Picnic in the parks | Albert Park and Victoria Park 

Pack a picnic lunch and head to the biggest parks in the central city. Both Victoria Park and Albert Park are ideal locations within our little concrete jungle to escape the confines of the city. Alternatively, if you are not one to carry a picnic basket, pick up lunch on the way from one of many great cafes in the area. 


Attend a festival | Various locations 

As the weather warms up, Auckland city comes alive with festivals. Whether you are looking to indulge in some fresh Bluff oysters, or to dance in the open air to your favourite musicians, the summer months bring culture and vibrancy to the city centre. Click here for our full guide to festivals this summer. 



Explore Britomart

Britomart is a must-visit summer spot in the central city. Explore the beautiful space on a sunny day and enjoy an outdoor lunch from its range of quality restaurants. Alternatively browse the fantastic selection of New Zealand designers, or the city’s best offerings of international boutiques.


Stroll along the waterfront while enjoying an ice cream from Giapo | 12 Gore Street

If you are looking to entertain yourself and the kids this summer, head down to Giapo to pick up a cone and stroll along Auckland’s waterfront. Experience their artistic take on gelato with their creative concoctions and take the rare opportunity to devour a colossal squid - don’t worry, it’s just an ice cream. 

Queens wharf


Summer on Queens Wharf programme

The annual Queens Wharf’s programme will be in full swing during the summer months. Be sure to visit Michael Parekowhai’s ‘The Lighthouse’ where you can explore a full scale 1950’s family home or if you have some time on your lunch break, challenge a friend to a game of Jenga in the Cloud.

Last updated: 12 December 2019