50 things to do in Auckland for under $20

by Kate Richards / 10 November, 2017

Feeling the pinch? Here’s some more ways to enjoy Auckland on the cheap.

  1. Grab a movie ticket for only $5 every Wednesday at Auckland’s home of independent film, Academy Cinemas. There’s a different movie on special almost every week.

  2. Don an eye patch for a round of mini golf at Treasure Island. Located next to Auckland Airport, it costs only $14 per person and is cheaper still for kids. The eye patch should make your game last longer than usual.

  3. Test your skill on the basketball hoops at Time Zone You might even win a prize.
  4. Swim lengths at the Parnell Baths.

  5. Book yourself in for a discount spa treatment at any of Elite beauty school’s client days.
  6. Eat your way through Metro’s cheap eat list.

  7. Educate yourself at Auckland Museum – the volcano room on the first floor is particularly thrilling.
  8. Saturday is free sample day at Farro Fresh.

  9. Grab a scoop from the Willy Wonka of ice cream chefs, Giapo Grazioli.

  10. Go strawberry picking in Kumeu – bonus points if you can eat more in the field than you take home with you.

  11. Attend a Thursday lunchtime learning session at Griffiths Gardens in the central city, and help make our city the most bee-friendly place in the world.

  12. Get lost in the Odyssey Sensory Maze – it’s a truly weird experience.

  13. Travel to Birkenhead by ferry, and have dinner at local restaurant Yummy Korean BBQ.

  14. Borrow a book from Auckland central library and read it under the shade of the trees in Albert Park.

  15. Get your groove on – and your buns toned – with an aqua aerobics class – 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Mt Albert Aquatic Centre.

  16. Volunteer for a few hours at the SPCA animal village.

  17. Feel cultured while admiring the art at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre. Follow with a coffee and a cake at Homestead café.

  18. Catch a gig on K’Rd. There are often cheap door sales for shows at Whammy, Wine Cellar, or Galatos.

  19. The early bird catches the worm, they say. Why not head to an alcohol-free morning rave? Coffee included!

  20. Mosey round Auckland Art Gallery – with recent cuts to their funding, your koha could help keep them alive.

  21. Hit Clip and Climb on Dominion Road one rainy afternoon.

  22. SNORT so hard that snot comes out of your nose, with Friday night comedy at The Basement Theatre for $12.

  23. Get one of the best views of the city from the top of a double decker bus as it zooms across the Harbour Bridge.

  24. Visit Fo Guang Shan Temple and feel at peace.

  25. Practise your swing at one of Auckland’s many driving ranges, where you can get a bucket of balls for as little as $4.

  26. Cycle the coloured paths of the Waterview connection.

  27. Go bowling.

  28. Soak until you resemble a prune at Parakai Springs, one of Auckland’s only natural geothermal pools.

  29. Enjoy a romantic stroll through Western Springs park ─ just keep clear of the swans.

  30. Share a doughnut and a yarn at Little and Friday.

  31. Visit Pakuranga’s Te Tuhi gallery before eating a spicy-sour laksa at Small Fry, the gallery café.

  32. Wash and dry your clothes at a local laundromat. It’s the most fun you can have for a couple of dollars.

  33. Take a picnic to Ambury Farm, and then take selfies with all the cute animals there.

  34. Chuck on some flares and go to a Saturday night roller skate party. Mention the online ad here, for free skate hire.

  35. Check out the gannet colony from the Muruwai viewing platform.

  36. Browse the knick knacks at Junk and Disorderly then have a bite at nearby Dumpling Ace.

  37. Learn about the history of Crown Lynn pottery at Te Toi Uku, open weekdays from 10am-4pm.

  38. Choose ridiculous outfits for your friends to try on at Look Sharp then go Insta-crazy taking photos of each other.

  39. Everyone knows the best opshops are in Glen Innes. Follow your shopping spree with some of the best fish and chips in the city from Marsic Brothers which lives there too.

  40. Ride a miniature steam train at Manukau Live Steamers for only $2 every Sunday, weather permitting. Check their Facebook to see if they’re running.

  41. For $10, your kids can burn off some steam in Whoa Studios multi-million dollar playground while you drink coffee inside and pretend to be child-free.

  42. Put on a show at Rock Bar – $30 per hour for four people – where the music will drown out your bad singing and the cheap Smirnoff Ices will drown out your shame.

  43. Visit one of Auckland’s most impressive marine reserves, Goat Island.

  44. Get your brows tamed for $5 at St Lukes Mall.

  45. Stock up on veges at a weekend farmers market and cook lunch for a friend.

  46. Hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board and cruise on the waves in Mission Bay.

  47. Walk the Auckland Domain sculpture trail and admire works by some of New Zealand’s leading artists.

  48. Register online to visit Gibbs Farm – home to one of New Zealand’s largest private art collections – it’s free.

  49. $20 gets you a game of lawn bowls, a burger, and a scoop of fries every Friday night from October-April at Royal Oak Bowls.

  50. Chill on the beanbags in Takutai Square, or on the lawn in Silo Park, and soak up some rays.

 

*Our previous story has been updated

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

Donald Dux: An extraordinary year of President Trump
84715 2017-12-15 00:00:00Z World

Donald Dux: An extraordinary year of President Tru…

by Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas has chronicled the Trump presidency since its beginning and reviews the extraordinary year since The Donald entered the White House.

Read more
Former punk Kody Nielson is heading in a new direction
84445 2017-12-15 00:00:00Z Music

Former punk Kody Nielson is heading in a new direc…

by James Belfield

But it’s no less entertaining.

Read more
The 10 Best Tech Gadgets of 2017
85128 2017-12-15 00:00:00Z Technology

The 10 Best Tech Gadgets of 2017

by Peter Griffin

A round-up of the best and grooviest gadgets from 2017 and previews of top tech tempters for the new year.

Read more
Cervical-cancer screening tests are about to change
84383 2017-12-15 00:00:00Z Health

Cervical-cancer screening tests are about to chang…

by Nicky Pellegrino

Cervical-cancer screening tests have been helping to save lives for more than 25 years. Now the focus of the tests is going to change.

Read more
The 50 Best Champagnes of 2017
85059 2017-12-15 00:00:00Z Wine

The 50 Best Champagnes of 2017

by Michael Cooper

Whatever you call it – fizz, champagne, bubbly, sparkling – wine with bubbles in it is widely adored, especially at this time of the year.

Read more
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – movie review
85062 2017-12-14 11:12:10Z Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – movie review

by James Robins

Star Wars has been cannibalising itself, but The Last Jedi might just be the best one yet.

Read more
Gareth Morgan stands down as TOP leader
85045 2017-12-14 08:27:22Z Politics

Gareth Morgan stands down as TOP leader

by RNZ

The Opportunities Party founder Gareth Morgan says he will stand down as leader of the party.

Read more
Euthanasia bill passes first reading: How the MPs voted
85042 2017-12-14 08:07:28Z Politics

Euthanasia bill passes first reading: How the MPs …

by RNZ

Act leader David Seymour says he was surprised so many MPs supported his bill to legalise euthanasia. It'll now go to select committee.

Read more