All the free things you can get on your birthday

As a red-blooded Kiwi, Josh Thomson loves nothing more than birthdays and bargains.

So when he turned 38 last Friday, The Project host went in search of the best "free on your birthday" deals.

He kicked things off with a free coffee from Auckland's Crave Café, before zooming up the Sky Tower for a complimentary trip to the Observation Deck.

Thomson refuelled with free goodies from Burger Fuel and Subway, and then explored the underwater kingdom of Kelly Tarlton's, where sadly the penguins weren't particularly excited about his special day.

He polished off a buffet meal at iconic chain restaurant Valentine's and finally, full of free food, enjoyed a solo jetboat ride in Auckland Harbour.

He realised he'd bitten off more than he could chew when he vomited over the side, but after the cost-free day of celebrations, he's already thinking about plans for his 39th.

Here's what you can get for free on your birthday


  • Mexicali Fresh - Free burrito or other menu item on your birthday for members of the Cabana Club
  • Denny's - Buy one get one free main meal on your birthday, when dining with a paying guest (save up to $29.80)
  • Muffin Break - Free muffin for members of the Muffin Break Club
  • Burger Wisconsin - Buy one get one free burger
  • Subway - Free cookie and 600ml Coke/750ml Pump on any sub/salad/wrap purchase (SubCard required)
  • Valentine's - Eat free on your birthday when accompanied by three paying adult guests
  • Columbus Coffee - Receive a free coffee on your birthday for you and a friend for members of Columbus Rewards
  • Esquires Coffee - Receive a free small beverage for members of Esquires eClub
  • The Cheesecake Shop - Free $5 voucher (signup required)
  • Gengy's - Dine for $1 on your birthday when accompanied by three adult guests paying full price
  • Jamaica Blue - AKL/WLG/CHC Free slice of cake for members of the Caribbean Crew
  • Cobb & Co - Free main meal (free main meal and dessert for children, free two course meal for senior citizens), when accompanied by three paying adult guests and dining at a participating Cobb & Co location seven days either side of your actual birthday
  • Burger Fuel - Free burger on your birthday
  • Longroom - $50 voucher
  • Chapel Bar & Bistro - $30 voucher
  • Fort Street Union - $30 voucher
  • Freeman & Gray - $30 voucher
  • La Zeppa -  $10 voucher
  • Britomart Hospitality Group (includes BCC, Racket, Orleans, 1885) - two free drinks
  • Stafford Road Wine Bar - Free drink
  • Gina's Italian Restaurant - Free bottle of house wine
  • Tom Tom - Complimentary lunch
  • Mission Bay Cafe - Complimentary lunch or dinner
  • Little India - $20 voucher
  • Seafood Central - $20 voucher
  • Crave Collective -  Free coffee
  • Fox Quarters - Free sharing board for you and three friends
  • Montrose Cafe, Bistro & Bar - Free entree and main meal

Non-edible birthday freebies in Auckland


  • Parisian Clinic - Free treatments on your birthday, when accompanied by three paying friends
  • Auckland Adventure Jet - Free jet boat ride on your birthday when accompanied by a full paying adult
  • Optihealth - Free one-hour massage treatment on your birthday (conditions apply)
  • Gloputt - Play for free on your birthday (conditions apply) 
  • Kelly Tarton's - Free entry on your birthday