Talking Takapuna…

Your ultimate summer destination

The team at I Love Takapuna hopes you all have a fantastic, safe and happy holidays, whether you’re travelling around New Zealand or having a stay-cation on the Shore.

It’s beginning to look a lot like – SUMMER! As the holiday festivities build up and then fade away we can really start to sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve been having. And where better to enjoy the weather, than Takapuna of course! Takapuna is your ultimate summer destination, where you can enjoy the great beach, amazing views, scrumptious dining options, boutique shopping experience, and endless events and surprises to keep you entertained.

Forget the manic malls this silly season, and experience Christmas shopping as it should be, in your favourite beachside suburb! Whether it’s presents or holiday essentials and picnic staples you are after, Takapuna has you covered. With an amazing variety of retail brands from the chic and unique to the stylish and trendy, there’s something for everyone. There are also heaps of choices for homewares, gifts, technology, jewellery, things for the kids, activewear and swimwear and everything else you want or need. Takapuna is also home to the fantastic New World Metro Shore City, which has all your Christmas entertaining, summer grazing and picnic essentials covered – from family classics to gourmet feasts.

The best urban beach festival hits Takapuna Beach again in the new year – the Summer Days Festival is back on Saturday 23 January 2021 at Takapuna Beach Reserve. This free community event is fun for the whole family, so gather the crew and head to the beach from 10am for family fun and entertainment, delicious food and drinks and – of course – a sandcastle building competition! We are very excited to announce our music line-up for the evening, featuring musical upcomer Geoff Ong, Auckland-based indie sensations Daily J, and our main act – former lead singer of Kiwi treasures Sons of Zion: Tobias!

Dig out the jandals and bring a picnic or try any of the local restaurants around Taka or food trucks on site and get ready for a chill summer day at the beach. Make sure you follow our event page on Facebook (@Takapuna Beach Summer Days) for all updates and information.

America’s Cup racing events are set to begin just before Christmas and continue from late January through to March, and you can see them right off Takapuna Beach. Head down, grab some takeaways or snacks and watch the fastest yachts in the world compete live off Takapuna Beach. Check out our Beachside Grandstand event on Facebook; this will feature live music and a big screen so you can see all the racing action up close as well as from the shore.

There is also a range of events happening later this summer as part of the fantastic Waterbourne Festival. These include live music and activities running alongside America’s Cup racing, so check out for more information.

Takapuna Beach is the best place to be this summer – from sailing events, to live music, to family entertainment and the usual summer beach fun, there’s something to entertain everyone. So, dust off your jandals, apply that sunblock and see you in Takapuna!

Keep an eye out on what else is happening in town by visiting us at and following us on social media @ilovetakapuna.



5 Dec – I Love Takapuna Christmas Carnival

7 Dec – Bruce Mason Centre: Morning Melodies – Christmas with The Royal New Zealand Navy Band

12 Dec – Bruce Mason Centre: Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty

11-23 Dec – The PumpHouse: Runaway Rudolph

11-15 Dec – The PumpHouse: Shakespeare in a Week!

12 Dec – Harcourts Cooper and Co, Swim the Shore

13 Dec – Bruce Mason Centre: APO 4 Kids – Christmas with Suzy

13 Dec – The PumpHouse: Christmas Carols in the Amphitheatre

17-20 Dec – Beachside Grandstand

17-20 Dec – America’s Cup World Series: Auckland and Christmas Race

11-15 Jan – The PumpHouse: Shakespeare in a Week!

15 Jan – 22 Feb – America’s Cup: The Prada Cup

23 Jan – Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

23 Jan – 20 Feb – The PumpHouse: Auckland Shakespeare in the Park 2021

29 Jan – Bruce Mason Centre: An Evening with Cowboy Junkies

Issue 116 December 2020