Free activities for backpackers in New Zealand

backpackers in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a host of activities for backpackers who don’t want to break the bank. While many events are cheap, many others are free. From hiking and swimming to sight-seeing and culture exploration, there are many places to indulge yourself at zero cost. Here are eight free activities for backpackers in New Zealand.

1. Hiking the Ben Lomond 

If hiking is an activity that you love to indulge, then the Lomond, the highest peak in Queenstown is an exciting challenge. It resembles a backcountry hike and can best be done during summer. In order to make it to the summit, be sure to stroll across the saddle and climb steeply to the top.

2. Stroll along Lake Wakatipu 

Talking a walk along Lake Wakatipu can be serene and soothing. Soft winds blow across the waters from the mountains, and the features, including the lake, trees, and mountains are picturesque. You can access the trails through Frankton Track and Queenstown Gardens.

3. Enjoy a Movie in the Silo Park 

In case you are backpacking in new zealand in the summer, you can catch a movie at the Silo Cinema on Fridays and Saturdays. Silo Park is situated across the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland.

4. Swim in a Hot Spring in Rotorua 

Taking a hot shower is always amazing, but what is more amazing is swimming in a hot pool in the jungle. You can find numerous hot springs between Rotorua and Taupo. For instance, hot and cool streams will meet at the bridge leading to Wai-O-Tapu. Other hot springs can be found at the Rainbow Mountain, Redwood Forest, Kerosene Creek, Okere Falls, and Kuirau Park, among other desired locations.

5. Visit the Maori Village of Ohinemutu 

Are you fascinated by ancient cultures? The Maori are New Zealand’s indigenous people, and you can learn more about them by visiting the Ohinemutu Maori Village. Brace yourself to see their meeting house as well as St Faith’s Anglican Church.

6. Go to the Tunnel Beach 

Tunnel Beach is located in South Dunedin off Blackhead Road. You can drive to the Corstorphine and stroll for half an hour to the beginning of the track. The beach features sandstone cliffs, archways, and pillars.

7. View the Southern Lights 

The Southern Lights, also called Aurora Australis, can be viewed from the Dunedin, especially at the Tunnel Beach and Otago Peninsula. These lights appear at specific times of the year when solar 

activity surges. The best times to view these lights are between March and September during the winter.

8. See Dunedin’s Historic Architecture 

If you like to see historic architecture in the form of cathedrals, grand churches, and old buildings, the City of Dunedin will not disappoint. Walking the city will offer you this scenic enjoyment that you will not experience in any other city in New Zealand. You can check out the interior works of some of the grand churches that will be open. 


Whether you want to hike the Ben Lomond, walk at the Tunnel Beach, or engage in any other activity on this list, there are two things you are sure of; no cost and maximum fun!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here