Summer in Auckland this January 2021 is looking good, the beginning of the year gets off to a great start with some family friendly events for the school holidays as well music festivals and sailing. We have found the 6 best events on in Auckland this January. Remember to book a rental car for your next road trip with Shore Rentals.


If you’ve got young kids under the age of 8, then this event should be at the top of your list this month. This summer step back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the country, and meet a Triceratops, Titanosaurus and many others. The event is being held at the Auckland Botanical gardens so you can pack a picnic and also learn about prehistoric plants like cycads, ferns and conifers which still grow today.

What: DinoFest Auckland

When: 2nd January – 17th January

Where: Auckland Botanical Gardens

Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival

Now in it’s 5th year thes festival is a celebration of Auckland’s Maori seafearing history though culture, music, arts and crafts. This free event is a 12 hour extravaganza on water and land.

What: Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival

When: Saturday 23rd January

Where: Captain Cooks Wharf

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

Takapuna is the ultimate summer destination, bring your friends, family, and loved ones along and celebrate summer at this free event. Starting at 10 am, bring the kids over and enjoy a wide variety of family entertainment, from clowns and magicians to giant games, to bouncy castles and beach activities!

What: Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

When: Saturday 23rd January

Where: Takapuna Beach

Sounds Like Summer Festival

Located 60 minutes north of the CBD, hit the road with your mates and enjoy the long weekend up at Matakana. Chill out in the picturesque bayside surroundings of Omaha Flats with premier New Zealand bands and some of the sickest up-and-comers our country has on offer. This years line up includes The Black Seeds, The Beths, Summer Thieves and many more.

What: Sounds Like Summer Festival

When: 31st January

Where: Omaha Flats Road, Matakana

The PRADA cup challenger series

The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series will determine which of the Challenger teams will take on the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand in The 36th America’s Cup Match. The racing schedule for the PRADA Cup has two races per day with a tentative race time window estimated between 4pm and 6pm. The Round Robins will take place from 15 to 24 January and will be followed by the Semi-finals from 29 January to 2 February.

What: The PRADA cup challenger series

When: 15th – 24th January, then from 29th January

Where: Waitemata Harbour & Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

SeePort Concert & Fireworks

Ports of Auckland’s SeePort is a celebration of Auckland City’s beautiful waterfront and rich maritime heritage. The event will be loaded with local talent, including the renowned  Auckland Symphony Orchestra, crowd-favourite White Chapel Jak and others, culminating with Sweet Mix Kids and the evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale.

What: SeePort Concert & Fireworks

When: Sunday 31st January

Where: Captain Cooks Wharf, Quay Street