15 Cheap Thrills In Auckland Every Budget Traveller Must Do

Learn how to enjoy New Zealand’s buzzing city on a budget

Photos & text: Trip101

Auckland is an awesome and exciting city to check out when you're in New Zealand - and you do not need to burn a hole in your pocket to do so.

Nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is a gorgeous seaside city surrounded by cerulean blue waters. With fantastic views, lush greenery, museums and other luxuries, even the budget-conscious traveller is spoilt for choice.

Here are 15 things you should check out if you're looking out for some cheap thrills (literally):

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3. Sip wines on an island

Have a bit of time to laze the day away? Head out to Waiheke Island, a lovely atoll located in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland.

Consisting of beautiful golden beaches, clear blue seas and exquisite wines, Waiheke Island has its own warm and dry micro-climate, making it the perfect place for producing excellent wines. Here, have a glass of New Zealand’s finest reds while admiring the view at one of many vineyards on the island.


You can also lay in the sands at Oneroa or Little Oneroa Beach and let all the stress be carried away by the cool sea breeze.

Ferry tickets cost NZ$22 NZD per adult to Waiheke, and NZ$36 for the return fare.

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