We are more than half way through summer now, in the hottest and driest month of the year. This month offers some excellent events to get out and experience while festival season continues. Remember to book your car rental in advance online and take advantage of the discounted rate. We currently have a couple of deals on until 28th February 2021, these are book for 3 days and get 1 day free or get 20% off rentals of 7+ days.

Sailing

This month we see Team New Zealand battle it out on the water in the Cup Finals out on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf to see who will face them in March. The boats will be on the water from 13 -22 February, racing time will be approximately 4pm-6pm. If you are a passionate fan, don’t forget to visit the Race village on Quay Street in Auckland’s CBD which is a unique opportunity to feel the atmosphere and excitement.

What: Prada Cup

Where: Hauraki Gulf

When: 13 – 22 February

Auckland Pride Festival

This February is Auckland Pride Festival, an open-access arts, cultural, and community Festival. Comprised of major events delivered by Auckland Pride. Enjoy over 200 events produced by artists, community organisers, and organisations.

What: Auckland Pride Festival

Where: Various Locations

When: 3 – 28th February 2021

Sunsetter Food, Wine and Music Festival

The Sunsetter Food, Wine & Music Festival returns to Smales Farm for 2021! The event will form a collaboration of some of the best international and local acts, New Zealand wineries and craft breweries, popular eateries and food vendors, spectacular performers and more in a unique urban environment. Perfect for visitors coming to the North Shore.

What: Sunsetter Food, Wine and Music Festival

Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna

When: Saturday 13th February 2021

Splore

Splore is a three-day music and arts festival staged annually on the shores of Tāpapakanga Regional Park. Throughout the three days — and deep into the night — an eclectic lineup of musical artists from Aotearoa and abroad play the multiple festival stages. Performing arts, installations, workshops and forums unfold across the site. See Shapeshifter, Topp Twins, Hollie Smith, Reb Fountain, Maisey Rika and many more.

What: Splore

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park

When: 26 – 28 February 2021

Auckland Lantern Festival

Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ox at the 2021 Auckland Lantern Festival, taking place over four nights and three days from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 February, on Captain Cook and Marsden Wharves. The festival sees the public enjoy hundreds of elaborate handmade Chinese lanterns on display, cultural song, music, and dance performances, craft demonstrations, sponsor activations and competitions, retail and food stalls, and a fireworks display.  This is a free, family-friendly event.

What: Auckland Lantern Festival

Where: Captain Cook and Marsden Wharves, Quay Street,

When: 25-28 February 2021

Waterbourne Beach Festival

Don’t miss out on New Zealands biggest beach festival at Takapuna Beach this summer. Waterbourne is a sustainable beach festival encouraging the protection of our ocean and wildlife. On Saturday 27th take part in stand up paddleboarding, watch the kitefoiling, windfoiling and windsurfing championship then see Maori culture and Kapa Haka performances followed by music by some of New Zealand’s best performers, Ria Hall, Kings, and Tobias. On Sunday 28th join in for some delicious American cuisine, celebrating the American culture with delicious smoked meats and more. Then stay for free music entertainment as well as the opportunity to try out paddle boarding, sailing and more.

What: Waterbourne Beach Festival

Where: Takapuna Beach

When: 27-28th February 2021