Traveling New Zealand can be expensive, however there are plenty of free things to do in Auckland, the largest city in the country — but NOT the capital. (That is Wellington.) Most of the residents of New Zealand live in Auckland and for a good reason. Auckland is amazing! You never get bored here. Not even when you’re on a budget — if you know what to do 😉
FREE things to do in Auckland:
The Gallery of Modern Art / Auckland Museum
For culture you have to be in Auckland. Plenty of museums to visit plus both the Auckland Museum and The Gallery of Modern Art have free admission. The Auckland Musuem teaches you about the Maoris and the history of New Zealand, plus even has a section about the amazing flora and fauna and information about volcanoes with a real simulation room; how would it feel to experience a real earthquake. Pretty cool exhibit….but being in a real serious earthquake is not so cool. Experiencing the Nepal earthquake, aftershocks and after effects — photos from the minutes and days after
The Gallery of Modern Art is the opposite of the Auckland Museum and focuses more on experimental art. So if you like art with a sharp edge? Than you should certainly go to the Gallery of Modern Art.
Visit one of Auckland’s MANY volcanoes
Yes, Auckland has enough volcanoes to satisfy everyone — approximately 50! Search for a volcano near you and enjoy the view. Some of the top volcanoes in Auckland are Mount Eden and One Tree Hill (U2 even wrote a song about this one). You have a beautiful view over the city and even at night it’s a nice sight to see with all the lights. And who doesn’t like lights, right! Great for practicing your night photography as well 😉
Dive into Nature
The big city of Auckland has a surprising amount to offer when it comes to nature. Here in New Zealand the great outdoors is never far away. Go to Mission Bay to enjoy the sun and the ocean off to Waitakere Ranges where you can enjoy a nice walk or a nice “barbie” (barbecue) with your friends. Lot of hiking trails to keep you busy all year long
Discover Waitematā Harbour
Auckland Harbor, officially known as Waitematā Harbour, is the gateway to the “City of Sails” and has a lot to offer visitors and plenty to see. Enjoy the beautiful blue waters or visit the information center of head for the Wynyard Quarter where you can see all the large and breathtaking luxurious yachts. Or just wander around aimlessly and take photos at sunset.
There is always something going on over there, or just enjoy the New Zealand cafe culture. Or just relax in the grass. Everything is possible at Waitematā Harbour.
Visit one of the different markets that Auckland has to offer
The French Market, the Fish Market, Victoria Market… Auckland has a lot of markets and all are within easy reach. What better way to spend a Saturday? Especially the French Market in Parnell is worth to pay a visit. Try all the different free french foods. What more do you want? 🙂