5 Free Things To Do In Auckland
Over one million people call Auckland home and, as a result, it’s one of the most beautiful, multicultural and diverse cities in the world. As there’s always something going on, getting bored in Auckland on your New Zealand road trip is scientifically impossible!
1. The Domain
Auckland’s equivalent of Central Park, The Domain is the ideal place to spend a few hours. Admire ancient trees and beautiful blooms, relax by one of the soothing waterfalls, picnic with your friends, play games or practise your kite flying skills in this peaceful haven in an otherwise bustling city.
2. Auckland Art Gallery
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Sir John Everett Millais was born on this day in 1829. Co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in 1848 – Millais was a childhood prodigy, being admitted to London's @royalacademyarts as their youngest ever student, aged 11. See his painting ‘The Knight Errant’ in #bodylaidbare until 16 July.
Always a favourite and a real crowd pleaser, thousands of works of art line every corridor and tours are also available if you want to soak up a little extra knowledge from those in the know!
3. Mount Eden
Because who doesn’t want to climb to the top of a dormant volcano? Even if the trek up doesn’t sound particularly appealing, the climb will be more than worth it when you reach the top, take a deep breath and look at the incredible 360 degree views surrounding you. You’ll feel a little bit like Leo up there; the King (or Queen) of the world!
4. Lounge On The Beach Or People Watch At The Waterfront
Dust off those surfing skills, enjoy a refreshing swim or soak in the stunning surroundings lounging on one of NZ’s famous beaches. Alternatively, visit the Waterfront to watch boats sail in and out of the harbour, indulge in delicious fish and chips or join a free walking tour with a guide who can fill you in on everything you need to know.
5. Sit In Silo Park On Your New Zealand Road Trip
Every Friday night during the summer, Silo Cinema hosts free movie nights in Silo Park. Bring snacks and a blanket, select your perfect viewing spot, and enjoy the film. Silo Park also hosts a night market on these evenings too, but if it’s not summer or a Friday evening, there’s still plenty to see and it’s well worth a visit!