Exploring Auckland on a Budget
Once making it on the list of one of the most expensive cities in New Zealand, it could be easy for travellers to want to skip this section of the North Island.
While there are certainly ways to spend up a storm in Auckland with countless activities and sights to explore, you can also take in some unforgettable highlights without putting a huge dent in your savings.
Here are some top tips for those who’d like to explore on a budget.
Some of the best things in life are free, and that rings true here in Auckland. From rose gardens to pristine beaches, the natural wonders of Auckland are not to be missed. We recommend the Parnell Rose Gardens and Auckland Domain. Rustle up some dollars and grab some supplies at the grocery store and treat yourself to a picnic, it’s an affordable activity that could take all day if you want it to. Relaxing. Peaceful. Cheap. Just the way we like it.
Change your view
Seen the many attractions from walking the city streets? There are many ways to see Auckland, so we recommend mixing it up and taking the city in from a different view. If you’d like to err on the cheaper – or free – side, we highly rate the view from Mount Eden. The walk takes about an hour, and ends with you at the summit of a volcano with 360-degree views of Auckland’s pristine beauty.
Willing to spend a little cash? Head up to Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view that is an absolute showstopper. Tickets for adults cost around $30, and include access to the 220-metre Sky Deck viewing platform.
Create your own driving holiday
There’s no need to spend copious amounts of cash on tours, buses and cruises; some of the best memories are created on your own. Whether you want to grab a map and highlight a route complete with pit stops, or you simply want to jump in the car and see where the road takes you, you’re sure to find attractions that will make your day. And the best thing? The scenery is free.
If you would like to hire your own car and take full advantage of your trip to Auckland, Ace Rental Cars can help. Take a look at our range of vehicles or contact us on 0800 502 277 and we’ll help you find a ride that suits your needs and budget.