8 Fun Activities to Enjoy Auckland for FREE
Auckland, a multi-cultural hub full of natural wonders and urban adventures, often leaves the impression of an expensive city. However, the region offers more than just shopping, fine dining, and paid tourist activities. We have hand-picked the best ways for you to enjoy Auckland without spending a dollar!
Picnic at the Auckland Domain
Auckland Domain (Pukekawa) is a magnificent 75-hectare inner-city park, here you will find native forest and a mighty totara tree, it is also the location of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Wintergarden, sports grounds and a cafe – a perfect spot to create memories with your loved ones. Enjoy a lovely day out and a picnic in the stunning scenery.
Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum
On top of the Domain hill stands the architecturally impressive Auckland Museum, an iconic neo-Greek building that opened in 1929. It tells the story of New Zealand, its place and people through significant natural history resources, Māori and Pacific collections, social and military history collections and more. Immerse yourself in the Museum’s artistic flair while expanding your knowledge of New Zealand’s past and present! (General Admission entrance is FREE for Auckland residents, Located in Auckland Domain)
Explore the Wintergardens
The Wintergardens are just a short walk away from the Auckland Museum. It consists of two 1900s Victorian-styled glass houses. One is heated and shows off lush tropical and heat-loving plants, like the rare corpse flower. While the other displays temperate plants changing with the seasons. Outside you will find a display of 1920s marble statues and a display of New Zealand Ferns. Visit the Wintergardens and be mesmerised by its beauty!
Cycle the Pink Path
Located in central Auckland,, the award-winning Pink Path (Te Ara I Whiti) transforms a redundant piece of motorway infrastructure into a playful and unique city icon. Get energised with a cycle down the path and enjoy the public artwork along the way!
Swim at Piha Beach
Situated on the west coast, 40 kilometres from Auckland, Piha is one of the most loved beaches in New Zealand. Surrounded by looming cliffs and subtropical rainforest, the area is truly nature’s masterpiece. Admire the dramatic, breath-taking views of Piha, and take a dip to enjoy the seaside fun!
Watch a movie at Silo Park
Silo Park reflects the history of the Wynyard Quarter and the industrial side of Auckland city. Today, Silo 6 has turned into an art and exhibition space, while Silo 7 comes alive at night with the park’s cinema being projected against its walls. Watch a movie at Silo Park with friends and family and enjoy a relaxing evening! To find out more visit https://www.silopark.co.nz/
Meet fluffy friends at Ambury Farm
Are you an animal lover? It’s time to meet some fluffy friends on a fun walk around Ambury Farm! Wander through the grassy lanes between the animal enclosures and take your time getting to know the animals. You can see sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and maybe even an elusive peacock! (Located at 43 Ambury Road, Māngere Bridge)
Reach new heights at the Manukau Heads Lighthouse
Located in South Auckland, the small, historic Manukau Heads Lighthouse is over 140 years old! Climb up and stroll around the lightkeepers’ balcony to gaze at the stunning, unforgettable views of Manukau Harbour, Awhitu Peninsula, and Waitakere Ranges. Want to discover more FREE fun activities for your Auckland adventures? Download OODLZ and check out the Best FREE fun in Auckland Experience Card for inspiration!