It's been a year since I arrived on the other side of the globe. Time flies really fast when you are having fun, right? As I had plenty of time to wander around the biggest city in New Zealand I gathered a few of my favorite things to do - cheap or free. We all know that to get the best experience we don't really have to spend a lot of money so find out here how to save a little bit while exploring Auckland and its surroundings.  

Spend the morning at one of the weekend markets

During the mornings on the weekends there’s a lot going on in the city centre and a bit away. Saturday and Sunday markets are great places to taste the food from all over the world and of course to buy domestic products from the farmers. Market in Coatesville and in Otara are colourful places to be and definitely the places to enjoy a delicious meal for a few dollars.

Enjoy in the surroundings of the Auckland Domain

Few minutes from the city centre you can enjoy in a true nature oasis. Auckland Domain is a big city park where you can have a nice picnic near the lake and a walk through the native bush, just choose between the Lovers Walk and Centennial walkway. Stop for a moment at the Winter garden, its courtyard is very peaceful place, just the one you need to enjoy the atmosphere.

For a bit of history stop at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

While you are at the Auckland Domain you can visit this great museum. It is really huge so you need at least two hours for wandering around. Museum is open every day from 10 to 17. Admission is 25$ for international travelers but if you are on the Working Holiday you can use the letter from the IRD as your proof of Auckland address and you will get the free entry.

Stroll around the Wynyard quarter and enjoy in the free movie nights in the Silo Park

Best place to enjoy on the waterfront, especially during the summer, is Wynyard quarter where you can find lots of restaurants and bars. On the Friday nights this is the spot where the night market is taking place so you know where to go to bite something delicious. After a good meal relax on the grass in the Silo Park while you are watching the movie under the stars for free!

Visit the craters of the volcanoes - view from the top is magnificent!

You won’t be often in the city which lies on more than 50 volcanos. Here you have the opportunity to walk around the craters and as they are on the top of the hills at the same time you will have the chance to enjoy in the magnificent view over Auckland. If you want to see the city lights during the night, perfect place for that is definitely Mt Eden cone. For a day walk visit One Tree Hill and Mt Wellington.


More ideas coming soon!

Happy travels!

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