BeKiwi's top free experiences in Northland, Auckland and Christchurch

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Get you fun for free! When exploring our beautiful country it can be tricky to decide what experience to try out first. To help you out here our favourite experiences that you can get for free.

Auckland art gallery
Visit Auckland Art Gallery

Need a bit of colour in your life? Take a stroll around the Auckland Art Gallery where you will have the largest and most inspiring visual experiences in NZ. The museum has more than 17,000 artworks so there’s plenty to look at. It has major historic, modern and contemporary NZ artwork. Its exhibitions are temporary and are always being switched out for new fresh pieces of art so you’ll have a new experience each time you go. 

Team AKL volunteers Auckland
Be a volunteer with Team AKL

The Team AKL volunteering is a great way to be at the heart of the city while also helping out the community. You can meet new people, be at the centre of the action at great events, and make Auckland a cool place to live, study and visit. When you have been accepted you will be able to select the events and schedule that works best for you so you can do as much or little as you like. Fill out the application here.

Whangarei street art
Follow the Whangārei street art trail

Walk around central Whangārei while soaking up some of the sun and marvel at the 15 murals painted by some of the best street artists in the world. The murals have transformed very grey boring walls into colourful masterpieces and added heaps of colour to town. Just follow the map with all the locations of the paintings and soak up the sights of the city. You can find the map here.

Volunteering in Kerikeri
Native forest volunteering in Kerikeri

Ever heard about Ghostbusters, well try Weedbusters in Kerikeri! Work alongside locals to improve the native forest regeneration around Kerikeri. This is a great opportunity to experience NZ’s stunning flora and fauna while clearing all sorts of weeds that threaten generations of native NZ plants. Go along every second Monday from 9am to 12pm to the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve and bring a positive attitude and open mind. Become a weedbuster here.

Foster cats Christchurch
Become a foster cat carer

In need of a little mate? Christchurch Cat Rescue is looking for foster carers for cats and kittens while they look for more permanent homes for them. All you will need is a loving short term home for them and cat rescue will provide the rest. If you’re interested email [email protected].

Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch
Volunteer at Orana Wildlife Park

Wondered what it’s like to be a zookeeper? There is a chance for you to volunteer at NZ’s only open range zoo, Orana Wildlife Park. The zoo is a home for NZ’s only gorillas and a bunch of other exotic animals like cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, and monkeys. You will be a super key part of the park because you’ll be helping to enthuse visitors and giving them an enjoyable experience visiting all the animals. Fill out an application here and email it to [email protected] to get involved!


BeKiwi has such a variety of experiences around Northland for you to explore.

Try out our search filters to find the ideal experience for you. Looking for volunteering opportunities? Want to find something to do that is less than $50? Or, find something that will boost your communications skills!

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People walking on Tiritiri Matangi Island beach
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