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Embrace autumn!  We check out Taitua Arboretum - Hamilton
With such a huge array of trees in an orderly display, a visit to your 'local' is a perfect way to while away the hours. Put down the mobile devices and get back to nature in a blink of an eye and a heave of fresh country air.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway & Cycleway
If you have an hour or two to spend in New Plymouth, grab yourself a bike or lace up your walking shoes and head for the coast. Approx 13km of walkway is mainly paved and leads you through a delightful array of scenery, easily accessible from the city.  READ MORE

Long Bay
Great swimming, kayaking, grassy areas to picnic, walks...all free things to do in Auckland this summer.
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things to do in Taupo
Huka Falls
A favourite destination for locals and for Kiwi road trippers, the falls (and the walk to it) are delightful.
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things to do in Kerikeri
Kerikeri Basin
Not only is the Stone Store a great destination but the basin has some nice riverside walks too.  Read more
things to do in Auckland

Parnell Rose Garden
Stroll through the fragrant gardens then take a swim in the Judges Bay lagoon or jump from the pontoon. Read more

free things to do in auckland
Cornwall Park
Walk, stroll, run, bike or scooter around the base of One Tree Hill. Plenty to do here, playgrounds and more.
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rere rockslide in gisborne
Rere Rockslide
A summer stunner for those in Gisborne these holidays. Grab your foam board or inflatable and head for the rock! Read more

Find your region of interest, then begin sifting through the 2000+ things to do in New Zealand. If you already know where you are headed, you can use the quick search filter on the top of every page. Select your region, city, then filter further into free things to do, rainy days or even child's play. READ MORE

Mt Egmont National Park - Mt Taranaki
There are plenty of walking options on the Northern Slopes, as we found out last weekend. Whether you have 15 minutes or several hours, there are lots of choices. We review the Veronica Loop Track, a 2 hour tramping track.

A word from Julie


I am super-excited. I've decided that PlanMyPlay is going back to its roots -- free things to do in New Zealand or adventures that won't break the bank (ie:under $10 if possible). Back in 2008, that was the heart and soul of its being and, while we've had adventures along the way, it's time to reclaim the wonderful things in life for free!
As you see commercial businesses drop off my radar (well underway now), wave them a friendly farewell. You can find them in the glossy brochures after all. So bear with me! It will take some time to refine my list of things to do
The best things in life are FREE!


In the meantime, if you spot something local to you that I haven't yet reviewed or listed, do let me know. Thanks for stopping by.
                                                                                                 x Julie

Things to to in Hamilton
Hauraki Rail Trail
Get on ya bike! The Karangahake Gorge is a particularly nice leg of this family-friendly cycleway.
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things to do in the Coromandel
Cathedral Cove
A stunning cliff walk with fabulous swimming & kayaking. A must-do in the Coromandel this summer. Read more
New Zealand
International Visitors
Do what the Kiwis do. Here's a section just for you to help make the most of your visit.
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ocean beach hawkes bay
Ocean Beach
Get wild in Hawkes Bay! A great surf beach and expansive sandy stretches beckons walkers and surfers alike. Read more
pelorus bridge marlborough
Pelorus Bridge
A real find in the heart of Marlborough, there are forests and riverbanks to explore, waterfalls and bird life to enjoy. Read more
New Zealand
Nugget Point
A great destination down south: rugged coastal views, the historic lighthouse,  elephant and fur seals etc. Read more 
I love Kiwi road trips yet, some of the best adventures can be had in my own backyard. Follow my adventures, read my friendly advice, flick through my photo essays or listen to a few of my podcasts. See the New Zealand I love. READ MORE

We bring you thousands of things to do in New Zealand. 

Julie Crean - EditorBorn and bred in New Zealand, Julie has an inbuilt love for the outdoors which magically seems to be part of any Kiwi’s DNA. Combining her passion for exploring and writing, along with healthy lashings of humour and insect repellent, PlanMyPlay was inevitable. Endless notes and untold photos were finally put to good use, resulting in more than 2000 things to do and see in New Zealand, plus numerous ideas to keep you entertained and occupied at home. Read more