10 reasons to visit Auckland for Summernova

Mar 12, 2021
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10 reasons to visit Auckland for Summernova

A shiny new star has emerged in Auckland’s events scene in the form of Summernova, made up of more than 20 events across all parts of T?maki Makaurau. The festival series has been running since December and despite a few bumps along the way still has an epic line up left to run until the end of March.  All events are running in line with government guidelines but note some can only go ahead in an Alert Level 1. 

Auckland is calling, and here are 10 good reasons why it should be your next place to visit. 


The 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada action is finally here. After a postponed start, now resuming from Wednesday 10 March until the first team to reach seven points, but has to be complete by 21 March. Get up close to the action as Emirates Team New Zealand go head-to-head against Luna Rossa. This is going to be an epic battle, with great spots to watch the racing around many vantage spots around Auckland, in the America’s Cup Race Village, and plenty of local bars and restaurants. 


Eat, drink and dance at Island Time on Motutapu. With four sessions to choose from across the 27 and 28 March, there’s no excuse not to take the short ferry ride from downtown Auckland or Bring Your Own Boat. This brand new, environmentally minded, event takes place on a unique island setting in the Hauraki Gulf. Take in the postcard views across the harbour and be spoiled with the region’s bounty in the form of great food and drink from a range of producers, and great music to dance away to. https://www.endeavour.live/islandtime



See L.A.B at Mount Smart Stadium on 27 March joined by a range of NZ’s finest, including Mako Road, Ladi6, Ria Hall and The Leers. This will be the only chance for the Upper North Island to catch L.A.B perform an epic full-length set, including tracks like In The Air & Controller. http://www.loop.co.nz/events/lab-mt-smart-stadium-upper-field-auckland/  


Embark on a journey of memorable experiences and world-class activations at Waterbourne Beach Festival taking place at Takapuna Beach Reserve between 27 February to 21 March. A sustainable festival, Waterbourne offers professional water sports, public water safety courses, fun runs, beach clean ups, cultural experiences, great food, beverages and more. Soak it all in while protecting and rebuilding Aotearoa’s coastline. https://www.waterbourne.co.nz/ 



Auckland’s city centre has it all. You will find top accommodation, shopping, art, culture, top dining, adventure and more, all close by, and as the gateway to the Hauraki Gulf,  the home of the America’s Cup Race Village. On America’s Cup race days you’ll also find a range of street performers and face painters set up as you make your way to and from the Cup Village, and from 8 – 21 March, Auckland Arts Festival is in full swing.  


Walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade your way along Tamaki Drive and you will find vibrant beachfront suburbs lined with eateries and shops. Take a dip in the sea, hire a kayak, or relax with a family picnic. The views from Tamaki Drive alone are suburb but take it up a notch and head up to Takaparawhau / Bastion Point. It’s these world-class views that have made it one of the best spots to watch the sailing, and why Ngati Whatua Orakei are hosting Kia Kotahi: Race Days On Takaparawhau over the America’s Cup racing weekends.


Sweat, shop, discover! LiveFit Health and Fitness Festival, 13 – 14 March, Trusts Arena, brings together world-class fitness trainers, qualified health and nutrition experts plus more than 80 brands and 70 experiences across two days to inspire and motivate anyone wanting to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.  https://www.livefit.co.nz/  


Devonport is a 12-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Don’t forget to pop on a mask and swipe your special edition America’s Cup AT Hop card to make getting around easy.  Not only is Devonport a prime spot to watch the boats fly past and enjoy the family-friendly festival atmosphere of Race Days by the Sea (13 & 14 March, and 20 & 21 March), there’s also a great range of things to see and do while visiting. Explore the underground tunnels, gun emplacements and fortifications at Maungauika North Head. The volcanic cone offers incredible views over the Hauraki Gulf and across the city, which has made it the perfect spot to make extra special as part of the Love Your Maunga ki Maungauika (13 & 14 March) activity taking place on racing weekends.



Parnell is Auckland’s oldest suburb, steeped in history but with some of the city’s most modern places to eat, drink and shop. Check out one of New Zealand’s first museums at the Auckland War Memorial Museum at Auckland Domain, stop and smell the roses at Parnell Rose Gardens, fill your basket with fresh French pastries from La Cigale. You may have missed this year’s Faraday Festival but there’s so many delicious food options to choose from every day, with delectable meals at the likes of Pasture, Cibo, Gerome, Barulho, Non Solo Pizza or Woodpecker Hill.   


Heading out East of Auckland you’ll find beautiful beaches, regional parks, shopping, dining, history and more. History buffs should add Howick Historical Village to the itinerary – this living museum features more than 30 original colonial buildings on site, including a school, church, and general store. Over the summer, Summernova Festival at the Village took place with a range of activities for the whole family, from an artist in residency and exhibition, to adventure trails, craft workshops, village tours and jazz music under the stars.