Auckland is an awesome city to visit during summer. With a vast variety of beaches nearby – like Piha on the rugged west coast – the outdoor lifestyle here is in full swing. You can day trip to Waiheke Island, kayak to the volcanic island of Rangitoto, party in cool bars, or explore the inner city.
If you’re visiting in January, you might catch St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, a music festival that always hosts the freshest upcoming artists and bands. In February, Splore, in the Tapapakanga Regional Park south of Auckland is a must with its chilled, beachside vibe.
Other festivals worth checking out are the Lantern Festival in late February or early March and Pasifika in late-March.