Attractions in Auckland, New Zealand
1. Coast to coast walk
Want to see the best of central Auckland by foot? The coast to coast walk encapsulates parks and the volcanic cones of Mt Eden and One Tree Hill, offering picture-perfect views of Auckland city. If you don’t feel like doing the whole thing, you will get all the major highlights between the Auckland Domain and One Tree Hill.
2. get educated at Auckland Museum
Entry to the Auckland Museum is NZ$25 unless you have a proof of an Auckland address, which gets you in for free. You can lose track of time in this museum with all its interactive exhibitions, such as the “shaky” volcano exhibition. The renowned Auckland Museum is a good place to learn about all things New Zealand – a bit like this website!
3. Go on a “cheap as” bar crawl
The Frenzi Bar Crawl, starting at The Camel Bar, is NZ for 4 free drinks in 4 bars (and sometimes includes a free hotdog). The night also has party games where you could win big prizes!
4. Take a Free backpacker tour
Get a free orientation of Auckland Central from a local! Find out where the best places are to eat and party, the top sights to visit, what events to go to, all on the backpacker budget. After this 2-hour tour you’ll not want to leave the City of Sails.
5. Watch a free movie in the park
During the summer months, you can enjoy a movie projected onto a silo at the Silo Cinema. Situated in Silo Park, across from the Viaduct Harbour, the cinema event takes place every Friday or Saturday of the summer. Enjoy the Auckland community atmosphere and browse the night market and food stalls.
6. Walk to Silo Park anyway!
Even when the Silo Cinema event isn’t on, this area of Auckland is pretty cool to walk to. There’s silos (duh!), water features, sculptures, a basket ball court and plenty of places to sit and contemplate how awesome you are.
7. Taste tea for free!
T2 on Queens Street has free hot tea and ice tea tastings. There are many tea aromas to stick your nose into too.
8. Browse the Auckland Art Gallery
Culture yourself by going to the Auckland Art Gallery. General admission is free, but certain exhibitions you need to pay for. The gallery is on the edge of Albert Park – a nice park for a stroll.
9. Go to Devonport from Auckland City
A quick ferry ride for only NZ$11.50 return brings you to Devonport. From here, you can get awesome photos of the city skyline, explore the tunnels at North Head, get free entry into the Navy Museum, and swim at Cheltenham Beach. Find more information here: Auckland North Shore – Guide for Backpackers.
10. Go on a “cheap as” cruise
Visit the Maritime Museum where you can discover New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. As well as interactive exhibitions, the interaction reaches a new level with the harbour cruise. Cruise out onto the water up to the Harbour Bridge, to get incredible views of the city. You may even see some crazy people bungy jump above you.
Entry to the Maritime Museum is NZ or free for Auckland residents. Both museum entry and cruise is NZ or NZ for residents.
Location: Viaduct Harbour
11. Go outlet shopping
Indeed, this is a cheap thing to do until you start buying stuff. 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. Otherwise, you are hopping around small towns with expensive gear for the rest of your time in New Zealand. You can get a free shuttle to the Dress Smart outlet shopping centre.
Tip: Get the Dress Smart shuttle from one of the early pick-up points, like the Sky Tower. Because once the bus is full, you will have to wait another hour for the next one. Find out more here: Outlet Shopping in New Zealand.
12. Lounge on the beach at Mission Bay
Auckland’s most popular beach during the summer, it’s a good place to have some ice cream, frozen yoghurt and go for a dip.
13. Catch a $5 movie
Most cinemas do some version of “Cheap Tuesday” where tickets are between NZ$10-12. At Academy you can watch a NZ$5 flick all day Wednesday! Alongside popular releases, Academy also show foreign language and artsy movies.
14. Feed the residents at Western Springs Park
By residents we mean, 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.