A Weta Workshop tour is amongst items that are up for grabs at the second annual Kids At Christmas Charity Auction, which opened today on sellmefree.co.nz.

The auction, run in association with sellmefree.co.nz and Air New Zealand, allows New Zealanders to bid on money-can’t-buy experiences, with the proceeds going to Starship, Make A Wish Foundation and Starjam. More than $270,000 was raised for the three charities last year.

Among the unique and memorable experiences up for grabs this year are a behind the scenes tour of Weta Workshop with Weta Director Richard Taylor, lunch in London with New Zealand sporting legend Sean Fitzpatrick, a day at a US PGA event following Tiger Woods’ caddy Steve Williams, luxury packages at some of the world’s top retreats, including Huka Lodge in Taupo, treetops in Rotorua and Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, two month unlimited Business Premier travel pass anywhere on the Air New Zealand network, a round of golf with Olympians Sarah Ulmer and Hamish Carter, morning tea with National Leader John Key and the opportunity to be a Kiwi FM Radio DJ for a day.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe says Air New Zealand and sellmefree.co.nz have lifted the auction to another level this year. “We hope that Kiwis will show the same generous Christmas spirit they did last year and provide these three amazing charities with a gift that will make a big difference to the lives of the children they support.”

“While the retail value of all the lots on offer is well in excess of $500,000, bidders shouldn’t need deep pockets to secure an experience. For example, the chance to have a flying lesson from Air New Zealand’s Chief Pilot, Captain David Morgan, in the Boeing 777 flight simulator will be attractive and affordable for many. Another affordable lot includes a collector’s edition of the popular Top Gear magazine autographed by British TV host Jeremy Clarkson.”

The charity auction went live this morning and will close at 9pm on Wednesday, 19 December.

To check out the auction click here.