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About Auckland

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 suburbs with their Victorian and Edwardian era terraces.

Local Spots

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. 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 which 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 upon which Auckland sits has around 48 extinct volcanoes, though while the volcanoes themselves are long past their lava spurting days, there’s still magma activity deep below the surface of the city.

One Tree Hill was probably the field’s largest volcano and from its peak, 182 metres above sea level, there are 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 Maori 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 M?ori meeting house.

Not To Miss

  • There are plenty of Maori artefacts on display at the Auckland Art Gallery, though it also houses important works by well-known European artists like Picasso, Gauguin and Matisse.
  • If you're looking for a fun family day out then how about visiting the zoo or the aquarium before enjoying a picnic in the lovely botanic gardens?
  • Culture-lovers will enjoy a trip to Auckland Museum housing a wide range of artefacts and exhibits. Also worth a visit are the New Zealand Maritime Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology.
  • Head up Sky Tower, the southern hemisphere's tallest building at over 300 metres high, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the city.

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.

The 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. Plus, there are two bars, a fitness centre with a pool and jacuzzi, and four restaurants.
  • The Hilton Auckland occupies a wonderful position right on Auckland’s waterfront, offering 165 modern rooms and some spectacular views through full-length windows and sleek balconies. They’ve got a heated outdoor lap pool, a gym and a 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. A family friendly spot, with babysitting services offered to boot.
  • Rydges Auckland is the ideal spot for a chic city break. Located in the city's CBD, it features light, stylish rooms with muted tones and wonderful views across the harbour. Enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop bar after a day out sightseeing.
  • Skycity Grand Hotel Auckland offers 5* luxury in the centre of town. WIth smart and airy rooms boasting lovely views, there are also no less than three restaurants to choose from and a spoiling spa to help you truly unwind.

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. What's more, it boasts full kitchens and there’s a full laundry service.

For great value

  • 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. Plus, 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 which starting at 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.

For An Apartment Or Villa

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Travel Information

  • You're best off visiting Auckland during their summer, with the average daily temperature rising to 20°C in January and February.
  • However, given that this is peak season, if you fancy a quieter and potentially cheaper alternative then consider coming in October, April or May.
  • International visitors can fly into Auckland Airport which is well served by public transport links into the city centre.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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    Best Hotels in Auckland

    • Hotel Grand Windsor Auckland 70 rooms from £85

      City Style  -  An elegant grand dame of a property right in the heart of the city
      Great walks  -  Get out the city and spend the day hiking along the coastal path
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      An elegant art deco hotel built in the 1920s and, having undergone a refurbishment, still offering one of Auckland's smartest stays. Decadent rooms feature chandeliers, marble flooring, and velvet furnishings. Complete with a fine-dining restaurant and easy access to the city's main attractions. See More

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    • The Esplanade Hotel Auckland (Devonport) 17 rooms from £104

      Sights nearby  -  10 mins ferry ride to city centre
      Views  -  Devonport harbour and city views
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

      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. See More

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    • Great Ponsonby Art Hotel Auckland (Ponsonby) 11 rooms from £121

      Great walks  -  To local beaches
      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

      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. See More

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    • Hotel DeBrett Auckland 25 rooms from £130

      Families  -  Families are well catered for in either the Deluxe or Loft Suites which can each sleep up to four.
      Sights nearby  -  Short walk to Viaduct Harbour and Sky Tower
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Quirky  -  An experience!
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      Wonderful bright and colourful rooms with a retro edge and eclectic mix of modern furniture and local art. Situated in Auckland's central hub close to galleries, restaurants and great shopping. Nearby gym and massage facilities. Laid back and family friendly, with babysitting services available. See More

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    • Cordis Auckland Auckland 411 rooms from £135

      Local exploring  -  Close to Auckland's boutiques, galleries and museums. The ideal base for exploring Auckland.
      Sights nearby  -  Auckland Domain Park and the Auckland Art Gallery are both easily accessible
      Spa  -  Chuan Spa offers a wide range of spoiling treatments
      Swimming Pool  -  12m outdoor heated saltwater pool - open year round

      Large and classy, modern hotel with five-star service levels. Family-friendly, and with a unique dining concept. Offering a gym, rooftop pool and luxury spa as well as a classic cocktail bar and modern bistro. Complimentary shuttle to Auckland waterfront. A chic urban stay. See More

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    • Andelin Guest House Auckland (Devonport) 5 rooms from £106

      Local exploring  -  Find plenty to do in the area from beaches to charming restaurants, plus Auckland Ferry Terminal is just minutes away
      Great walks  -  Spend a lazy afternoon strolling through Mt Cambria Reserve, stopping for a picnic
      Sights nearby  -  Hop on the ferry and take the 10 minute journey into central Auckland
      Full of character

      A charming boutique guesthouse offering just five rooms in the tranquil seaside village of Devonport, minutes from Auckland. Airy rooms are beautifully styled with large contemporary bathrooms, crisp white linen and photography hung on the walls. A quiet spot yet well positioned to explore the city. See More

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    • Rydges Auckland Auckland (Kingston Street) 267 rooms from £138

      Sights nearby  -  Museum of Transport and Technology
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

      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. See More

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    • Pullman Auckland Auckland 340 rooms from £150

      City Style  -  Set in one of Auckland's most prestigious districts, shopping, nightlife and fine dining are on your doorstep
      Total relaxation  -  Extensive brochure of spa and wellness services in partnership with VOYA allow for indulgent relaxation
      Sights nearby  -  As well as the city's museums and galleries, Auckland's bay area and islands offer a range of things to do
      Seaside  -  Sea views from rooms within minutes of the harbour

      Situated between the elegant Albert Park and the shoreline in Auckland's world famous Waitemata Harbour, the Pullman Auckland offers dramatic views in contemporary comfort complete with spa, brasserie inspired restraunt and 25m pool. The perfect luxury base for travellers, business or pleasure. See More

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    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Auckland 157 rooms from £157

      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.

      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. See More

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    • SO/Auckland Auckland 130 rooms from £172

      Local exploring  -  Set right in the heart of Auckland with shops, restaurants and major sights nearby
      City Style  -  Join the hip crowd at the rooftop bar and enjoy the fashion-inspired design
      Spa  -  SO/Spa offers a wide range of treatments including Himalayan Detox therapies, urban detox facials...
      Great walks  -  Walk up One Tree Hill and enjoy the views from the top

      A hip Auckland stay located right in the heart of the city. The contemporary design has been styled by renowned fashion-house WORLD. High-end cuisine is served by a Michelin-starred chef while the lively rooftop bar is where the young and trendy tend to congregate. See More

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    • SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland Auckland 312 rooms from £194

      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

      Five star luxury hotel in Auckland's CBD with decor inspired by the hills and colours of Auckland. Spacious and airy rooms with views over the harbour, as well as a fitness centre, spa and three restaurants. Babysitting services available. Perfect for a weekend city stay. See More

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    • Franklin 38 Auckland (Ponsonby) 4 rooms from £230

      Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the upmarket area of Ponsonby offering easy access to the city's main attractions
      Surfing  -  For surfers, Piha beach offers black beaches and wild surf
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.

      A chic boutique guesthouse set in the smart area of Ponsonby. Offering four spacious suites decorated in monochrome hues with modern art and luxurious bathrooms. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the dining room and Ponsonby's restaurants and cafes are just a stroll away. See More

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    • Hilton Auckland Auckland (147 QUAY STREET) 165 rooms from £286

      Views  -  Harbour and city views
      Sights nearby  -  Art galleries, museums
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

      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. See More

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    • Warblers Retreat Auckland 2 rooms from £345

      Romantic Break  -  With complete seclusion, outdoor baths and terraces to sip wine on, this is the perfect romantic escape
      Country Escape  -  An eco-lodge surrounded by beautiful and luscious native bush
      Great walks  -  Walk straight from the property through dense bush with natural springs and waterfalls
      Birdwatching  -  Spot native species right from your terrace

      A small (yet perfectly formed) eco-lodge set in native bush only 30 minutes from Auckland. Offering just two rooms boasting outdoor baths and chic contemporary design. Large lounges are complete with fully functioning kitchens (partially stocked) and centred around a large outdoor pool. See More

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    • Latitude 37 Auckland from £493

      Local markets  -  Minutes to Wynyard Quarter and seafood markets
      Views  -  Great views from hotel

      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. See More

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    • Stamford Plaza Auckland Auckland 286 rooms from £560

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

      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. See More

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