The cost of travel can take a real toll on your bank balance, so why not make the most of the free things to see and do that every city has to offer? If you're planning a trip to Auckland or are looking for more budget friendly ways to see the city, check out our top free things to do in Auckland.
Climb Mount Eden
View from Mount Eden. Image Credit: Gadfium;Wikipedia
See the city from above and catch a glimpse of the surrounding area with a visit to Mount Eden. The highest volcano in Auckland, Mount Eden offers spectacular 360 degree views over the city, to its harbours and beyond. The volcano is also topped with a deep crater that was formed during its last eruption, making it a unique and fascinating sight to see. Hike to the top of the volcano on foot or hire a car and enjoy the leisurely drive to the summit.
Auckland Art Gallery Get up close and personal with more than 15,000 works of art at the Auckland Art Gallery. The gallery is free to visit and is home to a range of permanent and travelling exhibitions. Whether you're interested in historic or contemporary artwork, the art gallery has plenty of works by local and international artists on show to keep your artistic side satisfied.
Take a break from city life and take on one of the many nature walks that weave their way around the Auckland area. Whether you're looking to experience scenic coastal views, immerse yourself in native bushland or anything in between, there's a walk that has your needs covered.
Auckland is home to a great range of beaches perfect for a swim, a surf and even a picturesque family picnic. The city's beaches range from secret secluded coves to long stretches of golden sands, so there are more than enough scenic spots to choose from.
Stop and smell the roses at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a wander around the gardens and see some of the 10,000 plants from across the world that have been carefully selected and planted. You'll be able to see specimens from Africa, tropical regions, a wide range of edible plants, and more. You might want to get some travel insurance in case you encounter poison ivy (I'm just kidding, but you should get insurance anyway).
Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum Learn about New Zealand's unique maritime history and come face to face with unique and rare artefacts at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. The museum features exhibitions that cover subjects ranging from early Polynesian settlement of New Zealand to European migration and maritime art.
Walking Tours Join a free walking tour around Auckland and discover some of the city's popular locations and secret spots. Led by passionate guides, the tours are a great way to orient yourself if you're choosing to stay in Auckland and to gain some top local knowledge perfect for your next city adventure.
Wynyard Quarter Wander down to the Wynyard Quarter and soak up some stunning waterside views. The area features child friendly play spaces perfect for the little ones and a great opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a spot of boat watching. The Wynyard Quarter is also home to a healthy calendar of events, so you might even come across markets, workshops and more during your time on the water's edge.
With so much on offer for no cost at all, Auckland is definitely a city well worth visiting. Start planning your next holiday and book your flight to New Zealand's largest city now!