The insider's guide to summer in your city

5 January 2015

Make 2015 the best it can be. This year, it will be different. This year, you can keep those New Year’s resolutions. Here are a few ways we can help…

Man smiling and dancing in the summer.

Get active

Is a healthier lifestyle top of your list? Sign up for a free five-day trial at Club Active and enjoy the benefits of being fitter, throw yourself in the deep end at one of our pools, or get a team together for one of our adult leagues at ASB Sports Centre.

Have more fun

Step away from the vacuum cleaner – it’s party time. Summer City has started, with a line-up that includes a New Year's Eve party at Frank Kitts Lagoon, free concerts at The Soundshell, Wellington Pasifika Festival, a kids' day at Wellington Botanic Garden, the ICC Cricket World Cup, and a two-day long street festival to top it all off.

Stress less

You’re not being chased by a tiger, so give that nervous system a rest. Unwind with a guided walk at Wellington Botanic Garden or Otari-Wilton’s Bush, lose yourself in a book from your local library, strengthen your connections in the community, or relax your body and mind with yoga classes.

Manage your money

When it comes to balancing your budget, every little bit counts. Save on rubbish bags by building a compost bin, avoid overdue fines at the library by signing up for Library Elf, reduce your power and gas bills by getting a free home energy assessment, and learn how to pay less for dog registration fees.

Get organised

Create some breathing space by dealing with those niggly little worries you carry around in your head. Learn how to quickly and easily pay your rates online, register for backdoor rubbish collections, find out if your home needs earthquake strengthening, and pay for on-street parking from your car with Phone2Park.

Expand your horizons

It’s never too late to be more interesting. Learn a new language for free, meet new people and make the most of your spare time by volunteering, experience new art at Toi Pōneke Gallery, and discover botany at the Otari Trust seminar series.

Be a winner

Start the new year feeling special. You and nine friends could win exclusive access to the Meridian VIP area at Meridian Gardens Magic. Not only will you have a prime spot to watch the concert, you'll also receive goodie bags and a picnic basket to enjoy during the performance. Enter now!