Auckland is famous for its summers, you can’t beat the long days, the luscious greenery and the beautiful feeling of wearing light clothing. But Summer in the city of sails doesn’t come without that famous dry heat that sticks around all summer long. So if you’re feeling like your sticking to everything, or melting away and need some quick remedies that are local and creative, then this is the list for you!
Bethells & Pākiri Beach
Obviously, this list is going to have a couple of our favorite beaches, it could be argued that Auckland has some of the best beaches in the country, and they’d be right.
For those who are looking for a little peace and quiet as they dip and cool off in the surrounding waters look no further than Bethell’s. Less than an hour’s drive from the city, Bethell’s Beach is the place to get some much need relaxing in as you cool off as it’s more sheltered and tucked away than many other surrounding beaches.
While we are on the topic of quiet beaches, Pākiri Beach is just that and is the perfect place for a wee escape from the city life of Auckland. The isolation makes it an idyllic and peaceful place when looking for some downtime. Pākiri Beach doesn’t allow amplified music and sometimes, silence is the only thing you need to get away and cool off!
Ollies Burgers & Ice Cream
Nothing screams summer like a classic ice cream parlor, and Ollies encapsulates every essence of the word. The retro fit-out features everything you’d expect, including chequered floors, arcade games, and a shiny red countertop, Its features the New Zealand staple of summer ice creams, Tip Top, we’re talking hokey pokey, orange chocolate chip, good- goody gumdrops, gold rush and all the other fabulous flavors this iconic Kiwi brand has introduced to us over the years. Alternatively, order yourself one of the eatery’s super-nostalgic banana splits, complete with all the trimmings.
Take a Stroll, or Relax Under Native Trees
Sometimes just sitting under a tree and reading a book is just what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day. If you want to get some shade, take in the view of some magnificent native trees and maybe learn a thing or two along the way, then you can’t beat the beautiful Parry Kauri Park. Take an easy stroll along one of the well-made boardwalks, through the native bush, to the lookout and kauri tree grove. Pick up a brochure from the Museum souvenir shop that describes and identifies the native trees and shrubs found along the path.