Wandr Summernova Travel Ideas

Feb 25, 2021
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Takapuna destination overview

A short bus trip or car ride across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Takapuna, will set you up with the best of everything including great shopping, a thriving hospitality scene with a huge variety of cafes, restaurants and bars, and of course the stunning Takapuna Beach. 

The white-sand beach with grass beachside reserve has made it the perfect spot to bring New Zealand’s largest beach festival, Waterbourne, to the area for the first time. The Takapuna Beach Reserve will be transformed into a smorgasbord of activity and experiences during the America’s Cup, including great food, live music, movie nights, beach clean ups, paddle boarding, windsurfing, cultural days and more. 

Waterbourne Beach Festival, 27 February – 21 March, Takapuna Beach Reserve

Embark on a journey of memorable experiences and world-class activations at Waterbourne, NZ’s biggest beach festival taking place at Takapuna Beach Reserve. A sustainable festival, Waterbourne offers live music, professional water sports, fun runs, beach clean ups, cultural experiences, premium food and beverage and more. Soak it all in while protecting and rebuilding Aotearoa’s coastline.


There will be 11 music days and nights, of which eight are free, and three are ticketed, and includes a bumper line up of some of New Zealand's hottest new and classic talent, including:

- 27 February: Ki Tatahi Day: celebrate Maori culture, with kapa haka performances, great kai, including hangi and live music featuring Ria Hall, and Tobias. 

- 5 March: Sunset Sounds: enjoy a night filled with amazing vocal from some of the best female artists including Hollie Smith, Tami Neilson, Anna Coddington and LAIIKA.

- 13 March: Big Beach Day: performances from SACHI, Goodshirt, Theia, Dual, Marlins Dreaming, Sunshine Soundsystem, High Hoops and Paige.

- 19 March: Friday with Dave: will have amazing performances from up-and-coming artists Ashley Alexander and Abby Wolfe, and of course the legendary Dave Dobbyn.

WE-AR Summernova Yoga at Waterbourne

The WE-AR Summernova Yoga sessions are FREE ticketed events, presented by WE-AR and supported by Auckland Unlimited and Social Ritual as part of the Summernova programme.

* 7:00am - 8:15am, Thursday 4th March (rain date Friday 5th March) 

* 7:00am - 8:15am, Thursday 18th March (rain date Friday 19th March) 

* 9:00am - 10:15am, Sunday 21st March

Morning People at Waterbourne Takapuna (21 March)

Cult morning rave experience Morning People is taking over Takapuna, and it’s FREE. Featuring drum and bass stylings of Zeisha and high fidelity wizadry of Silent Disco NZ headset. The dance floor for the morning will be on site at Waterbourne Beach Festival.



A 12-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland gets you to the lovely seaside village of Devonport. 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, 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 activity taking place on race days when course C is in use.

Wander through the local art galleries, browse boutique shops, then relax at one of Devonport’s casual-cool cafes and restaurants. Pop into Devonport Chocolates for handmade chocolates and truffles.

And when it comes to beaches, gorgeous Cheltenham Beach is a winner, and another great spot to catch the sailing.  

Race days by the Sea, 5, 6 + 7 March and 12, 13 + 14 March 2021, Windsor Reserve, Devonport

Race Days by the Sea is bringing the best of local artists, community groups and businesses to Windsor Reserve. From the very young to the young at heart there will be activities, entertainment and food to be enjoyed all day, as well as watching the America’s Cup racing on the big screen from the shade of the pohutukawa trees. 

Activities include: feature films on the big screen, Devonport Peninsula Trust will host a kids day with bouncy castles, face painting, pre-school playzone and live music, Saturday market day with some of the best local market vendors, Waterwise regatta and water safety day, dance classes and the Windsor Dance Social, circus performance and workshop, drumming workshops and performance and more still to be announced.


Love Your Maunga ki Maungauika (multiple dates, now – March), Maungauika North Head

You won’t find a better race day vantage point and festival atmosphere than Maungauika North Head. One of Tamaki Makaurau Auckland’s most impressive Tupuna Maunga (ancestral mountains), explore the many walking tracks and naval defence tunnels and learn about the rich Maori and European history of this important taonga (treasure).