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Auckland is the largest and most multicultural city in New Zealand, with a colourful Polynesian population and a spectacular harbour. It has sprawled outwards into an endlessly growing ring of suburbs, enveloping other communities into itself, and might surprise European visitors with its open spaces, large blocks of land and Californian style reliance on cars for transport. The inner city today is mostly packed with commercial buildings, but there are some lovely hotels down by the waterside and you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Auckland in the trendy inner-city suburbs with their Victorian and Edwardian era terraces.

Because of Auckland’s layout it’s useful to have access to a car, though most of the sightseeing highlights have reasonable public transport access. And the ferry offers great access to historic Devonport, as well as some great beaches, the wineries and olive groves of Waiheke Island about 45minutes away, and Rangitoto, a large volcanic island you can see to the east of the city.

Volcanoes are very much a part of Auckland’s landscape, and there are several cones on the isthmus of the city’s land. The volcanic field Auckland sits upon has around 48 extinct volcanos, though while the volcanoes themselves are long past their lava spurting days there’s still magna activity deep below the surface of the city.

One Tree Hill was probably the volcanic field’s largest volcano, and from its peak, 182 metres above sea level, you can get some wonderful 360 degree views of the city. One Tree Hill also has a planetarium and an information centre with exhibitions about the volcanic field. The other cones worth a visit are Mt. Eden, Mt. Wellington, Mt. Rosalie and Mt. Albert.

As well as Auckland’s substantial Polynesian population, the city also has a significant Māori population. If this aspect of New Zealand’s culture interests you then you’ll love the Auckland Museum, which has a 25metre long war canoe and a carved Māori meeting house.

There are plenty of Māori artefacts on display at the Auckland Art Gallery, though it also houses important works by well known European artists like Picasso, Gauguin and Matisse.

Plus Auckland has a zoo and an aquarium, a maritime museum, a naval museum, botanical gardens and of course the lovely waterfront and its interesting heritage.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Auckland are wide ranging from a boutique waterfront in Devonport to charming B&Bs to larger properties, which although part of a chain, still offer the qualities we look for.

Best Places to Stay in Auckland

For a chic city break

  • The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a smart hotel right in the centre of Auckland with more than 280 neat, comfortable rooms and suites, two bars, a fitness centre with a pool and jacuzzi and four restaurants.
  • The Hilton Auckland occupies a wonderful poisiton right on Auckland’s waterfront, offering 165 modern rooms and some spectacular views through full length windows and off sleek balconies. They’ve got an outdoor, heated lap pool and a gym and restaurant.
  • The Hotel DeBrett has 25 colourful, retro-edged rooms, decorated with an eclectic eye for modern pieces. You’re close to Auckland’s galleries and restaurants and there’s also a gym. It sounds hipster, but they also offer babysitting services and they say they’re family friendly.

For families

  • If you and your family enjoy exploring at your own pace, try one of Latitude 37’s luxurious one, two, three or four bedroom self-catering apartments. They’re in the heart of Auckland, near Wynyard Quarter, and offer great water views. As well as full kitchens there’s a full laundry service.

For great value

  • One of the best places to stay in Auckland for less than £120 per night is The Langham Auckland, which has 410 large, decadent rooms decorated in rich colours. There’s also a salt-water pool and spa and a gym.
  • The Esplanade Hotel is a boutique hotel converted from an Edwardian building right on the Devonport waterfront. Loads of nice original features have been retained, like large open fireplaces, but there are also all the mod. cons. you need. And there are great views of the city, yet you’re not in amongst it.
  • The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour offers slick, waterfront views from its 157 rooms starting from around £150 per night. Their prices do head upwards though, and this feels like a luxury hotel, with its own marina, marble bathrooms and a heated indoor pool, gym and spa.

For a boutique break

  • If you prefer your hotels small and boutique, then the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel is definitely one of the best places to stay in Auckland. This 11 room B&B has unique, quirky decor and plenty of local art on the walls. They do a generous fresh breakfast, and you’re surrounded by trendy bars and cafes, around 15mins from the CBD.
  • Mollies Boutique Hotel is just minutes from the CBD, but its ten rooms feel a world away. They’re decorated with original art and have lovely open fireplaces and large marble bathrooms. The onsite restaurant specialises in organic food and is lively and fun.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Auckland, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our North Island recommendations.

Best Hotels in Auckland

  • The Esplanade Hotel 17 rooms from $127

    Auckland (Devonport)

    Boutique hotel on Devonport waterfront. Edwardian building with original features such as open fireplaces and ensuite rooms in soft tones with great views to Auckland city centre. Perfect for a city break away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins ferry ride to city centre
    Views  -  Devonport harbour and city views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • The Langham Auckland 410 rooms from $146

    Auckland (83 Symonds Street)

    Rooms are large and decadently decorated with rich colours and with marble bathrooms. A gym, outdoor heated salt swimming pool and spa, every luxury. Within walking distance to Auckland waterfront and CBD. An urban chic hotel.

    Sights nearby  -  Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Museum and Parnell Village
    Views  -  Views of Auckland's skyline
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor salt pool
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  • Great Ponsonby Art Hotel 11 rooms from $148

    Auckland (Ponsonby)

    Small and colourful boutique B&B run by friendly locals. Rooms with unique and quirky wooden furnishings and local art on walls. Large and fresh breakfast made from local produce. Close to trendy cafes and bars, and 15 minutes from CBD.

    Great walks  -  To local beaches
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Rydges Auckland 267 rooms from $169

    Auckland (Kingston Street)

    Urban chic hotel in Auckland's CBD two minutes from the SkyCity Casino. With light spacious rooms in muted tones and views across the city or harbour. Restaurant, gym and fun rooftop space with cocktail bar.

    Sights nearby  -  Museum of Transport and Technology
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour 157 rooms from $192


    Luxury hotel on Auckland's waterfront with private marina for mooring boats. Rooms in textured natural tones including marble bathrooms, wall to ceiling windows and balconies. With an indoor heated pool, gym and spa. Perfect for a slick city stay.

    Great walks  -  Walking and jogging routes from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  20m indoor heated lap pool
    Sights nearby  -  Maritime Museum
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Hotel DeBrett 25 rooms from $245


    Wonderful bright and colourful rooms with a retro edge and eclectic mix of modern furniture and local art. A hub in the centre of Auckland close to galleries, restaurants and great shopping. With a gym and massage facilities. Family friendly, with babysitting services available.

    Sitting Room
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Short walk to Viaduct Harbour and Sky Tower
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Hilton Auckland 165 rooms from $350

    Auckland (147 QUAY STREET)

    Sleek modern rooms on the Auckland waterfront with fabulous views. White walls, gorgeous full length windows and balconies. With an outdoor heated lap pool, gym and restaurant. Family friendly features include babysitting service, kids menus and family suites.

    Views  -  Harbour and city views
    Sights nearby  -  Art galleries, museums
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Mollies Boutique Hotel 10 rooms from $413

    Auckland (St Mary's Bay)

    Quirky boutique hotel moments from Auckland CBD. Tasteful suites with original art, fireplaces and ensuite marble bathrooms. Local organic produce used in onsite restaurant. Lively, charming and fun.

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Latitude 37 from $604


    Luxury 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self catering apartments in the heart of Auckland. Rooms ensuite with sleek and functional finishes. Full kitchen and laundry facilities, separate living and dining area. Suitable for short and long stays, and ideal for families and groups.

    Local markets  -  Minutes to Wynyard Quarter and seafood markets
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Stamford Plaza Auckland 286 rooms from $686


    Smart hotel in the centre of Auckland offering a range of modern, neat and comfortable rooms and suites. With a fitness centre, indoor pool and jacuzzi. Four restaurants and two bars. Ideal for exploring city's attractions and eateries.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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