From discovering magnificent volcanoes and stunning sandy beaches, to acquainting yourself with the region’s fascinating culture and learning about its rich history, there are so many things to do for free in Auckland. As we’re experts when it comes to discovering the highlights of New Zealand, we’re here to recommend our top five favourite free activities in Auckland. Take a look…
Climb Mount Eden
One of the best things to do in Auckland for free is to climb Mount Eden. It’s the city’s highest natural point and a spectacular natural landmark with its 50-metre deep crater. From the top you can enjoy 360 degree views, so make sure you bring your camera.
Visit Muriwai Beach
Witness wonderful native wildlife at Muriwai Beach, where over a thousand pairs of gannets nest on the cliff tops. You can venture on to the viewing platforms to get a closer look at the gannet colony and look out at the stunning sea views. It’s one of the top free things to do in Auckland for any animal lover.
Explore the harbour
Those who love sailing will enjoy spending some time at Auckland harbour. It’s one of New Zealand’s top attractions and one of the greatest places to visit in Auckland for free. You can relax on the waterfront watching the amazing array of boats drift to and from the harbour, explore the boardwalks and grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants near by.
Experience The Auckland Art Gallery
One of the top free places to visit in Auckland is The Auckland Art Gallery, also known as Toi o Tamaki. It has over 800 artworks on display, including iconic paintings of 19th century Maori figures in New Zealand and paintings by Gottfried Lindauer – one of the country’s most renowned portrait painters. For a more informative experience, join one of the guided tours that begin at 11.30am and 1.30pm every day.
Stroll through the Botanic Gardens
Our fifth and final recommendation for things to do for free in Auckland is to pay a visit to the city’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. Over 10,000 plants from all around the world reside in these enchanting gardens and are complemented by an amazing collection of artwork and sculptures dotted throughout the grounds. For an insight into the history and preservation work of the gardens, guided walks are available on Wednesdays.
Now you know a little more about what to do in Auckland for free, we have to mention a few of the top things to do in Auckland that you also won’t want to miss. For example, a dinner cruise on Auckland Harbour is an incredible way to spend an evening, gently floating on the waters with the city’s lights and sea views as your backdrop. If you’re a looking for something a little more active, you can take the helm and experience sailing an authentic Americas Cup Yacht – it’s an amazing thing to be able to say you’ve done. Or you can book a Waitakere Wilderness Experience and visit the city’s largest regional park. Here you can admire traditional Maori carvings guarding the entrance before hiking to the top of the ranges and discover breath-taking panoramic views across the Pacific Ocean.
Whatever you choose to do during your time in Auckland, we’re sure you’ll have an amazing time. But if you’d like to speak to us about any of our recommendations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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