Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand (but not the capital; that distinction goes to the one and only Wellington), and it is an absolutely fantastic place to visit for a week or three. It’s a beautifully natural area, incorporating everything from beaches and rainforests to volcanoes.

Attractions in Auckland
Attractions in / CC BY-SA

However, don’t worry if you aren’t a big fan of the wilds – there’s a lot to do in the city itself as well. The only problem with Auckland is that, for a city, it is rather spread out. This means that you’ll probably have to rent a car to get around. Public transport links are decent, but you’ll end up spending a lot of time on the road.

To save a little money, it can be beneficial to take in the sights that you can access for free; thankfully, there are rather a lot of these in the City of Sails! Here are some of our favourites – get out there and explore!

Climb a Volcano

Really now, what could be cooler than climbing to the top of a volcano? Just think of all the holiday stories you’ll be able to get from that! The highest (natural) point in all of Auckland is the peak of Mount Eden at about 200 metres above sea level.

From up here you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, and you get a great view of all of Auckland itself. Take a picnic for the ultimate experience.

Visit a Seaside Village

Devonport is pretty much the quintessential Victorian seaside village, complete with amazing beaches, quaint shops and lovely cafés. There’s also another volcano here – climb to the top of Mt Victoria for an awesome view.

Once you’ve had your fill of climbing, head down again for a swim and a surf, then pop over to North Head to explore the tunnels dug into the mountain as defence against an invasion which never came.

Get Some Culture

Auckland Art Gallery has more than 15,000 pieces of art on display, more than enough to keep you occupied for the whole day! There are displays both modern and historic, from a wide range of different artists.

By visiting all these free attractions and saving money on your flights (something you can do on this website), you can afford to splash a little extra cash here – treat yourself to a little something in the restaurant!

Go to the Market

Auckland is an incredibly multicultural city, with the largest population of Maori peoples in the world. If you want to experience this culture for yourself, you could certainly do worse than to visit the Otara market.

Another great market you can visit is the one at Takapuna – it’s well-known all around the area for its specialist foodstuffs and for its fresh local produce. It’s held every Sunday from really early in the morning until noon; we’d recommend getting there before 10am.

Once you’ve taken in all the sights, sounds, and smells, head to the nearby viaduct to gawp at all the mega-expensive yachts docked there.