I can sniff out a bargain anywhere. I was good at it pre-kids but since their arrival en masse I’ve really honed my bargain sniffing skills. Who has the money to pay for everything x 4? Errrr we don’t. And even if you do so what. There are so many fun things that can be done for free that you are actually missing out if you scoot off and pay to do something every single time you go out.

Auckland is one of my favourite places for free stuff to do as there is a plethora of choices. I don’t have room for a plethora here so you’re going to have to settle for my 5 fave’s. Oh and psssst: I’m assuming you already know you can go to the beach for free so that’s why I haven’t got that obvious choice on my lovely little list. But do it. Go there. It’s lots of fun. And so are these 5 free things to do in Auckland!

1. Climb a volcano

Ummm what kid wouldn’t love this?! Granted they may be a little disappointed if it isn’t breathing fire once you get up there but if you do some prep work beforehand then the kidlets won’t be disappointed. Climbing a dormant volcano is still super exciting so sell it that way! Auckland has a number of great choices ranging from easy to more difficult. You can check them out here. Mount Eden is a great option because it wont cost you much to get there from your Auckland hotel and it’ll give you a stunning view over the city and harbour.

2. Visit the Auckland Museum

There are lots of amazing outdoor activities in Auckland but sometimes it does rain so I wanted to pop a couple of fun indoor ones in for you too. This museum is awesome. There is a dedicated kids area as well as interactive exhibitions with exploding volcanoes. Woah! If museums are your thing then you can also check out the Art Gallery with its dedicated kids club and Voyager – the maritime museum (free to residents only).

3. Spend the day down at Wynyard Quarter

If you’ve ever wondered why Auckland is called the City of Sails then you need to get down to Wynyard Quarter where it all becomes very clear. Boats, boats everywhere! There’s a massive fish market down there too so you can go and get some delicious fish and chippies for lunch. Take them to the park where the kids can play in the maritime themed play space. Everyone’s a winner!

4. Sand boarding/sliding at Te Henga (Bethell’s Beach) sand dunes

Did you ever do this as a kid either on sand dunes or down a grassy slope? All you need is a cardboard box and you are off! It is so much fun. I don’t know many kids that wouldn’t like this. Might give mum a few grey hairs though! Even if you don’t want to go sand boarding the place is still well worth checking out. The scenery is nothing short of stunning.

5. Visit Stardome Observatory Planetarium

If you have kids that like stars and planets then this is going to be a fun choice for your family. It is FREE for entry into the foyer displays and all the general exhibitions. You only need to pay if you are going to do one of the extras (a show or a telescope viewing for example). Stardome is located at One Tree Hill, a 182 metre volcanic peak, so you can combine a bit of volcano clim

  • I really need to get myself to New Zealand. So much to see and I don’t have to worry about paying for accommodation as I have so many family there


  • there would be lots to do so you need a bigger list than 5


  • Cool! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this!


  • i can’t wait to visit new zealand one day! it is beautiful


  • Thank you for sharing great tips on where to go


  • Sounds wonderful. Sign me up


  • KIA ORA: I will add NUMBER 6, Parnell: one of the very first suburbs in New Zealand, established in September 1841. Today it is an up-market village shopping area featuring an international line-up of more than 40 restaurants, cafés and bars; Aucklands largest art gallery precinct; boutiques, quality craft shops and a collection of Auckland’s best jewellers. – and the best shop as far as I am concerned is :The Elephant House/shop: Specialising in quality contemporary and traditional New Zealand made crafts, supplied by 200 talented artisans from throughout New Zealand. From the smallest of souvenirs to stylish corporate gifts, we have something for every occasion. 

Follow the footprints, down the alley beside the ANZ Bank.
    open: Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm (summer until 6pm); Sat – Sun: 10am – 5pm
    address: 237 Parnell Road
    phone: 09 309 8740
    web: http://www.nzcrafts.co.nz
    Also do your self a favour and take a drive to;Piha or Muriwai Beach:The interesting thing about Auckland is it is quite narrow, so one one side you have the white sand beaches of the eastern coast and within 1 hours drive you can be on the wild, and occasionally very dangerous , black sands beaches of the west coast. The West Coast is rugged and often rough – fantastic and dangerous for surfing and swimming. At Piha there is a famous rock set out from the beach and Muriwai a colony of gannets that are fascinating to watch take off and land in high winds.They do it far more gracefully than a 737 even in Wellington like winds.
    Now back to the start of my post KIA ORA for those who have never visited Aotearoa (often translated as “land of the long white cloud”) is the current Māori name for New Zealand. Kia ora is a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally “be well/healthy” and is translated as an informal “hi”
    New Zealand amazingly beautiful land with amazingly beautiful people. :-)


  • My half-sister grew up in Auckland, and she’s always telling me how beautiful it is. I’ll go there one day with her, so that she can show me all the touristy places, and all the hidden treasures that most tourists miss.


  • Will get to New Zealand, one day.


  • I would love to visit New Zealand


  • Would love to visit NewZealand.. I’d love to just drive around and sight see!


  • Who knew there was so many free things in Auckland!


  • NZ is on my bucket list to visit one day


  • nz is on my bucket list of places to visit one day


  • I’d love to go to New Zealand again…this time with our daughter


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