New Zealand is one of the most buzzing cities and there are so many things to do without spending too much or travel too far from the city.
Here I have rounded up the best 7 free or cheap things that you can do in Auckland:
1. Coast To Coast Stroll
Coast To Coast Stroll The best way to see any place is on foot! The coast to coast walk comprises of parks and the volcanic cones of Mt Eden and One Tree Hill, giving picture-perfect views of Auckland city. You may also walk between the Auckland Domain and One Tree Hill if you do not want to go that long.
2. Visit the Auckland Museum
You just have to spend NZ$25 to get entry to the Auckland Museum and if you have proof of an Auckland address you can get free access. You will be lost in this museum with all its interactive exhibitions, like the “shaky” volcano exhibition. This esteemed Auckland Museum is a great place to learn everything about New Zealand. You can get your Auckland Museum ticket here.
3. Explore Auckland Art Gallery
Visit the Auckland Art Gallery where admission for New Zealand residents is free, but for some exhibitions, you need to pay. Being a visitor you have to shell out a fee of NZ$20. The gallery is located on the edge of Albert Park which is a nice park to stroll.
4. Enjoy Taste of South Pacific
New Zealand is known to have a strong cultural influence from the South Pacific. It is located right next to an island like Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga, known for cultural and holiday spots for New Zealanders. Here at Four Shells Kava Bar, you can enjoy the popular island drink called Kava which is a traditional drink made of ground roots and a lot of patience. It has a bitter taste but will make want to head to the islands to check more South Pacific Culture.
5. Watch a Free Movie in the Park
You can enjoy a movie projected onto a silo at the Silo Cinema in the summer months. It is in Silo Park, across from the Viaduct Harbour, this cinema is run every Friday or Saturday of the summer. You can also enjoy the Auckland community atmosphere and go through the night market and food stalls.
6. Taste Tea for Free
You can taste the tea for free at T2 on Queens Street that offers free hot tea and ice tea tasting opportunities. You will also find many tea aromas to stick your nose into too.
7. Go Outlet Shopping
This is the best and cheapest thing to do until you start buying stuff. In case you plan to stock up on clothes or anything for your journey around New Zealand, Auckland is the best place to do it. You can also hop around small towns with expensive gear to do a window shopping to spend the rest of your time in New Zealand. You also hop on to a free shuttle to the Dress Smart outlet shopping center.
8. Go On a “Cheap As” Bar Crawl
You can go for the Frenzi Bar Crawl, starting at The Camel Bar, where you can spend NZ$10 for 4 free drinks in 4 bars. It may often include a free hotdog. The night also sees the party game where you could win big prizes being lucky!
9. Take a Free Walking Tour
Get a free talk on your foot of Auckland Central from a local! Here you can explore the best eating and partying places. The top sights to visit, what events to go to, all on the backpacker budget. You will completely mesmerized by the 2-hour tour, and will not want to leave the City of Sails.
10. Walk to Silo Park Anyway!
Even when the Silo Cinema event isn’t on, you can have a cool stroll of this area of Auckland. There are plenty of water features, sculptures, a basketball court and plenty of places to sit and contemplate how awesome you are.
11. Go to Devonport from Auckland City
A quick ferry ride for only NZ$15 will bring you to Devonport. Here you can get amazing photos of the city skyline, explore the tunnels at North Head, get free entry into the Navy Museum, and swim at Cheltenham Beach.
12. Visit the Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum you can visit at a very reasonable price where you can discover New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Here you can explore interactive exhibitions. Here the interaction reaches a new level with the harbour cruise. It is more expensive than the rest of the activities mentioned on this list, the Maritime Museum cruise is one of the cheapest cruises around the harbour. Sail out onto the water up to the Harbour Bridge, to get incredible views of the city. You can also catch some glimpse of some crazy people bungy jump above you. You need to take entry ticket of NZ$20 for entry to the Maritime Museum or free for Auckland residents. Both museum entry and cruise is NZ$50.
13. Go Outlet Shopping
This is the cheapest thing you could do if you do not buy anything here. But if you need to stock up on clothes or anything for your journey around New Zealand, Auckland is a good place to do it. You can hop around small towns with expensive gear for the rest of your time in New Zealand. Get a free shuttle to the Dress Smart outlet shopping centre. Take the Dress Smart shuttle from one of the early pick-up points, like the Sky Tower. As once the bus is full, you will have to wait another hour for the next one.
14. Catch a $5 Movie
Many cinemas do some version of “Cheap Tuesday” where you may have to spend between NZ$10-12 on tickets. At the Academy, you can watch a NZ$5 flick throughout Wednesday! Alongside popular releases, Academy also shows foreign language and art-house movies.
15. Say Hello to the Residents at Western Springs Park
You can watch out the residents at Western Springs Park which are ducks, swans, geese, eels, pukeko and more! The Auckland Zoo might be nearby, but there’s plenty of wildlife to see in Western Springs for free.
16. Grab Some Cheap Eats
City life often involves eating a decent amount of food, especially when there are so many tempting options around. You can eat out in Auckland cheap.
These are some of the amazing and cheap things that you can do in Auckland to get the most of this place and your tour to New Zealand.