43 FREE family-friendly activities to do in Auckland

We recently asked you "what are your favourite free things to do with your kids". Here are some of the amazing responses. 


  1. Swimming and hanging out at the beach. Favourites include Mission Bay, Takapuna, Cornwallis, and Orewa 
  2. Auckland Botanic Gardens
  3. Red Beach where we practice being ninjas hiding in Pohutukawa trees
  4. Fun Fest
  5. Park play
  6. Barry Curtis Park
  7. Western Springs
  8. Hart Domain
  9. Auckland Museum
  10. Bike riding
  11. Pump tracks
  12. Parnell Baths
  13. Maddils Farm playground
  14. Splash pads especially the one at Potters Park and Waterview
  15. Visit the library
  16. Sand dunes
  17. The Kauri Park glow worm walks
  18. Ambury Farm
  19. Milford Beach reserve
  20. Highfield donkey reserve
  21. Silo Park and ride scooters around Westhaven Marina
  22. Picnic at Cornwall park
  23. Swimming at Onehunga council pools
  24. Onepoto domain – picnic, bike track, bush walk and a playground
  25. Playground at Stonefields
  26. Kayaking at Mission Bay
  27. St Heliers beach playground
  28. Kitekite falls and bush walk
  29. Exploring the tunnels at North Head
  30. North Shore aerodromes
  31. Play a game of Monopoly
  32. Walks at Camp Sladdin in Clevedon
  33. Art Gallery
  34. Snakes and Ladders playground
  35. Shakespeare Regional Park
  36. Family show and tell
  37. Airport viewing platform
  38. Swimming pool
  39. Arataki Visitor Centre and nature trails
  40. Shopping mall kids club and craft activities
  41. Okura bushwalk
  42. Woodhill mountain bike park
  43. Walking in the Waitakere Ranges (There is currently a Rāhui on the Waitakere Ranges to protect the Kauri dieback)
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