How to hang onto that summer holiday feeling

There’s nothing better than kicking back at the end of the year with good food, good friends, and (hopefully) good weather. But inevitably, the holidays end way too soon, and it’s time to head back to work. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep the holiday vibes flowing deep into the summer, and we’ve got a few ideas on how to do it.

Head down to Auckland Live Summer In The Square

Aotea Square is hosting Auckland’s “biggest backyard party” where you can enjoy a summery mixture of DJs, cultural performances, Latin dance, classical, folk, 80’s pop and much more. It runs from January 8th to February 4th.

Find a hidden oasis

Use the upcoming holiday weekends to take a short road-trip somewhere secluded. One place that fits the bill perfectly is the site of the old cement works in Warkworth. The former quarry is filled with fresh water and makes a fantastic swimming hole (watch out – it’s deep!), and the banks of the nearby Mahurangi River offer a shady spot for a peaceful picnic.

Splash around

Escape the summer heat in Silverdale from January 18th to 31st at Snowplanet’s Waterslide Mania. The pop-up waterslide park features five slides from 16 to 80 metres long for hours of fun. Take your togs, towel, pool inflatables (they make you go faster!) and picnic gear.

Visit the Pop-up Globe

The pop-up Globe Theatre is a full-scale replica of the original 16th-century building in London. Treat yourself to an experience like no other by going along to a seasonally-appropriate performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is on several times every week until March 31st. Re-imagined for the modern day, Shakespeare’s classic comedy about an enchanted evening in a Greek forest features a stellar cast and is performed in English and Te Reo.

Spend an evening (or a whole day) at the cricket

Nothing quite says summer like the sound of leather upon willow and cries of “howzat?” The Black Caps take on Pakistan at venues all around New Zealand in January in a mixture of ODI and Twenty20 matches, before facing Australia and England in the Trans-Tasman T20 series in February. Following that, they play England in both one-day internationals and test matches, lasting right through to the end of March. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the excitement live at a cricket ground near you.