Go to the beach
Every kiwi spends most of the summer, and a majority of their lives, at the beach. Everywhere we turn, we find another awe-inspiring beach, from Piha to Takapuna, Mission Bay to Point Chevalier and Orewa to Karaka Bay. Regardless of your location, there is bound to be a sandy beach within walking distance. You can never go to the beach too often; there is always a new and exciting activity to try. A few options we enjoy are swimming, getting a tan, kayaking and surfing. We believe that nothing says summer quite like spending 90% of our time at the beach, and it’s completely free. If the beach isn’t to your liking, try a different body of water like lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
Go for a hike
There are numerous excellent tracks across Auckland that are great for summer activities and don’t cost a penny. Whether you want to challenge yourself, take Instagram worthy pictures or get a breath of fresh air – there’s a track suited for every occasion and every skill set. Start with something easy and walk the quick jaunt up Mount Eden, Maungawhau, or stroll around the Orakei Basin walkway. Going on a hike is a fun way to explore Auckland, with many beautiful spots and incredible trails. Hike past beaches, forests, and mountains – one of our favourite walks is Rangitoto Island.