Do you remember when being in possession of a shiny dollar coin made you feel like the king (or queen) of the world? Well, times sure have changed, and so has the scope of things to do with one hundred precious cents. Whether you’re a fan of cheap things to do in Auckland, a visitor who’s holidaying on a penny-pinching budget, or simply have a lil loose change lying around, get onto these 27 epic bargain finds—pronto.
1. Head to your local dairy and buy a bag of pick and mix.
2. Enjoy a slice of wood-fired pizza from Fort Street Union on Tuesday evenings. It will set you back exactly 100 cents.
3. Grab some mates and chow down on dumplings at Xi’an Food Bar where you can get 20 for ten dollarz—that’s 50 cents each!
4. Alternatively, Love Dumplings do 25 for $14. We love (pun intended) their pork, prawn and chive offering.
5. Take out a $4 loan and catch a $5 flick at Academy Cinemas on Wednesdays.
6. Round up three mates and pitch in to buy a $4 pizza from Freeman & Grey between 12pm and 2pm or 5pm and 7.30pm.
7. Your dollar will buy you not one but TWO chicken wings at The Crab Shack on Monday arvos. If you’re feeling rich (i.e. have $3 to your name), you can get amongst taco Thursday.
8. Spend your hard-earned dollar on a sharpened pencil and head to the Auckland Art Gallery to do some doodling.
9. Read to your heart’s content at one of Auckland’s many libraries. A trip here will cost you nil cents.
10. Use your precious dollar to bid on a $1 reserve Trade Me auction—you might nab something cool!
11. K Road’s Sri Penang has $1 BYO corkage. Here’s hoping your dinner date will shout you your meal.
12. Savour one delicious oyster at Tony’s Steakhouse for $1.
13. Stop complaining about expensive Auckland parking and park at The Chancery Car Park for $3 on weekends and evenings. It’s not quite a dollar, but it’s cheaper than the alternatives!
14. Tip your favourite barista an extra dollar. Go on, they deserve it.
15. Borrow 20 cents from a mate and buy a $1.20 lamb kebab from Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles.
16. Buy a dollar-store padlock, write your lover’s name on it, and lock it on the fence at Silo Park. Who says romance costs the earth?!
17. Dig out some extra coins from under the couch and check out Underpass bar. The entire menu is priced under $8—including $4 vege tacos.
19. Speaking of tacos, you’ll find $5 tacos and quesadillas at Mexican Café between 5pm and 7pm daily. Get your amigo to cover the extra four bux.
20. Find a crackin’ dollar item at one of Auckland’s many rad op shops.
21. Oh hai there, birthday boy/girl! Today you can ride on the Auckland Adventure Jet for freeee (when you visit with one full-paying adult).
22. Break the budget and invest in a $3.50 cinnamon and sugar pancake from No 1 Pancake.
23. No such thing as cheap coffee? Wrong! Espresso Coffee School sell their coffee on a gift-economy model, meaning they give you the coffee as a gift and you can choose to give them a gift (aka money) in return. Be a nice guy and give them something decent.
24. Play an excruciatingly tedious game of ‘heads or tails’ with a mate.
25. Demolish $1 chicken wings from The Flying Moa on Friday arvos.
26. Joy Ice Cream hold a ‘joyful hour’ on the regular where they have dollar scoops of ice cream.
27. Toss your shiny dollar into the pond of the Domain Wintergarden. Be sure to make a wish!
What’s better than a $1 thing? A free thing! Check out 30 Of The Best Free Things To Do In Auckland.
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