It’s summer here in New Zealand, and we’re trying to make the most of it. The weather is a little erratic, but it’s definitely better what the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing at the moment. If you’re heading this way for a touch of sun, or if you plan to visit next summer, there are a few ways to really experience a Kiwi summer. That said, these tips also apply to Australia, if you change the slang a little bit.

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Get in the water

Head to the beach, lake or river and jump on in. If you’re not much of a swimmer, you can wade and sunbathe, and if you’re a water baby give one of these a try:

new zealand summer travel - rock jumping
New Zealand summer travel - Rock jumping
  • Go kayaking
  • Go surfing
  • Go windsurfing
  • Swim with whales or dolphins (or watch from the beach if they pass while you’re sunbathing)
  • Go fishing – from a boat, a jetty or the rocks

Get active

There’s plenty to do back on land, too.

  • Go hiking – try one of the Great Walks or head into one of the many forests
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Go rollerblading along Auckland’s waterfront
  • Go camping
  • Do some adventure sports

Enjoy the cuisine

new zealand summer beer and water square
Nothing like a cold beer by the pool
Okay, by cuisine I mean “barbecued food” and “fish and chips” – sure our food isn’t as world-renowned as some, but at least we can eat it outside! Take your fish and chips to the beach with huge amounts of tomato sauce, and have as many barbecues as you can fit into the summer. They could be intimate ones at home (as in, just cook your dinner on the barbie) or huge events. You’ll be drinking beer and (actually world-renowned this time) New Zealand white wine – look out for Sauvignon Blanc.

Go to outdoor events

There’s certainly no shortage of these, though sometimes finding out where they are being held can be a bit of a mission. Ask at the tourist info office, or search online. Lots of things happen in local parks, so heading to one of these can be a good way to get to know an area you wouldn’t have otherwise visited.

  • Music in Parks
  • Christmas in the Park (Auckland Domain)
  • Summer Shakespeare
  • Outdoor cinemas
  • Outdoor theatre

So head outside and enjoy the sun, and don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and wrap: slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on some sunglasses.

Your thoughts on "How to enjoy the NZ summer podcast"

  • Looking forward to listening to this podcast, it should bring back good memories of my times in NZ!

    on January 17, 2010 at 3:00 am Reply
  • I am in love with New Zealand, this is the best place I been so far in my life and the people there are just the friendliest in the world. I will come back there very soon.Your article just remind me how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see, experience and explore; thanks for sharing.

    on January 18, 2010 at 1:16 am Reply
  • Don't forget the slip, slap and slop! Five minutes in the afternoon sun and my nose looked like a grilled shrimp...! I strongly recommend a kayak or hike in Golden Bay - amazing! great advise, short and sweet, like it!

    on January 23, 2010 at 8:05 am Reply
    • Definitely! We talked about that on the show, but didn't add it to the show notes. Thanks for bringing it up. Are you guys in NZ at the moment?

      on January 23, 2010 at 9:26 am Reply

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