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About Auckland

Auckland is the largest and most multicultural city in New Zealand, with a colourful Polynesian population and not just one, but two spectacular harbours, and a ring of volcanic cones punctuating the fertile landscape, creating plenty of opportunities for admiring this city’s beauty. As with all harbour cities you’ll find a lot of the best places to stay in Auckland have water views, but, to be honest, city views of this lovely sprawl of city and volcanoes, are arguably as good? In some of our recommendations for the best hotels in Auckland you won’t even have to choose.

Auckland has sprawled outwards into an endlessly growing ring of suburbs, enveloping other communities into itself, so some of the hotels we’re listing as the best places to stay in Auckland might look a bit ‘off centre’ if viewed from a European standpoint. But you have to remember that Auckland’s open spaces and large blocks of land equate to a more Californian style reliance on cars and public transport, and even if they look a long way away, they’re probably only 15 minutes or so on a train from the Harbour Bridge. Or, in the case of our recommendations in Devonport, 15 minutes on the ferry. One of the advantages of this sort of city is that the different suburbs have more of a village-y feel and more of their own unique personality. So it’s probably quite useful to start by considering our Which Neighbourhood? section.

Beyond that we’ve tried to make recommendations for the best places to stay in Auckland based on the sort of visit you might want to make, so we’ve listed some great city break hotels, recommendations for the best places to stay for families in Auckland, and some of Auckland’s best B&Bs and guesthouses too.

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Where to Stay? Which Neighbourhood?

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 45 minutes away, and Rangitoto, a large volcanic island which you can see to the east of the city.

  • The centre of Auckland, or the CBD, or Central Business District, is the busiest part of the city, both during the day and night, with lots of restaurants and bars, as well as plenty of choice when it comes to hotels. If you’re not here for long, or maybe if this is your first visit and you want to get a hang of it on foot? then the centre of town is a great choice. This is also where you’ll find Aotea Square, the Auckland Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum, Sky Tower with its famous observation deck complete with bungee opportunity, the War Memorial Museum and the Domain, which is a large green space with a volcanic cone, in the centre of town.
  • Grey Lynn is an inner city suburb, close to the centre of town too, but it’s more arty and less business-y, with a good choice of cafes and restaurants, but not as many major attractions. It’s a good choice if you want to be central, but you’re looking for something more affordable.
  • Takapuna is fairly central, but also costal, so it’s a good choice if you want to spend some time on a nice, sandy beach close to your hotel. It’s pretty hip too.
  • Devonport is on the North Shore, a short ferry ride from the centre of Auckland. Historic, as well as beautiful, Devonport is also known for its clean, safe beaches, its eclectic collection of boutiques and art galleries, and of course its views of Auckland, especially if you head up Mt. Victoria onto the volcanic cones. Devonport is one of the best places to stay in Auckland for families, because it’s a bit quieter, and the beaches are very child-friendly. It’s also a good choice for anyone with a particular interest in Maori heritage.
  • Ponsonby is a trendy, artsy, nightlife-y suburb, with an affluent air and plenty of boutique-y shopping and chic places to eat, drink and make merry. It’s not super central but the transport links are good, and it’s leafy and elegant, and close to some very nice beaches too.
  • Along similar lines, but with more of a heritage, village-y feel, Parnell is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, and has similarly impressive colonial mansions, lush gardens and wonderful markets and numerous cool cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Because it’s built around the water it’s obvious that some of the best hotels in Auckland are going to be close to the water, either in the redeveloped Auckland Harbour, or the marina area. Staying on the harbour gives you ring-side views of the water traffic, from ferries to private super-yachts and cruise ships, and you’re close to the smart, trendy waterfront suburbs with their bars and restaurants. Boat trips across to Devonport, with its genteel air, and wonderful Cheltenham beach, or to the beaches of Waiheke Island, are on the doorstep, and it’s an easy stroll to the city’s Maritime Museum, or Art Gallery.
  • 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, 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.
  • Orewa is another good choice for people wanting something a bit more rural feeling. It’s about half an hour from here to the Harbour Bridge, and right up against a long, sandy stretch of beach that’s extremely popular with surfers, kite surfers and anyone who likes to spend time out on the water. You can even do a spot of hiking, and this is place to stay if you want to be closest to the region’s vineyards.

This city is a busy, thriving centre, and is a popular year round destination. If you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Auckland, do your homework and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Auckland

For a romantic stay

  • Central, stylish and surprisingly affordable, the Hotel Grand Windsor is an Art Deco era hotel, which has recently been restored to its smartest splendour. The decor is angular but decadent, with chandeliers and marble floors, velvet furnishings, lamps and large windows. There's a fine dining restaurant (where you can also get a really wonderful afternoon tea), plus a gym and spa.

For a city break

  • The Hotel DeBrett is a converted Victorian building just down the road from the Hotel Grand Windsor, but it’s smaller, more colourful and more intimate. The 25 rooms and suites have a retro feel, accompanied by an eclectic mix of modern furniture and local art. The cocktail bar is also handsomely retro. They do a good Continental breakfast and a short bistro menu in the evening. Auckland doesn’t have too many independently owned hotels, and this is one of our favourites.
  • Large and luxurious, Skycity Grand Hotel Auckland is very central too, and has no fewer than three restaurants, plus all the facilities you’d expect from a hotel with 300+ rooms and suites. The decor is elegant, simple and fairly neutral, and in each room the real showstopper is the huge window, and the view beyond.
  • The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a smart hotel right in the centre of the city. It’s big, with 286 rooms and suites, which are neutral, fairly minimal and comfortable. Plus, there are two bars, a fitness centre with a pool and jacuzzi, and four restaurants. Again, one of our favourite things about this hotel is its huge windows.

Hip Auckland Hotels

  • If you’re looking for fabulous views and memorably, well thought out design, SO/Auckland is probably for you. The location is central, with views over the water, and easy access to shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and many of Auckland’s main sights. And the rooftop bar is one of the places to be. The interiors in the 130 rooms and suites are crisp and clever, without being fussy, and there’s also a spa, and a destination restaurant.

Best Hotels For Families

  • The Pullman Auckland is very large, very elegant, and very well positioned, close to Albert Park and Waitemata Harbour. And we’d put it in every category, because it probably deserves to be considered by everyone who would consider staying at a large, high-rise hotel. The views are excellent, the decor is stylishly simple and contemporary, but also very comfortable, and there’s a very nice restaurant and a very nice pool. But we’ve listed it in the family section because its 340 rooms, suites and apartments really do include the perfect configuration for every family, whether you want separate bedrooms and cooking facilities or you all want to pile in together.
  • Large, classy and central, with plenty space and a range of room sizes that makes it easy for families to find the right configuration, Cordis Auckland does simple, contemporary monochrome well. On the outside it looks a bit like an apartment block, but its 411 rooms and suites are well designed and laid out, and on the roof there’s a heated pool. There’s also a spa and gym, and a fancy bar and restaurant.  Cordis also offers special family parks with activities for your little ones, and there’s a kids programme which includes activities for a wide range of age groups.
  • In the heart of Auckland, close to Wynyard Quarter, Latitude 37 is a collection of luxurious one, two, three and four bedroom, self-catering apartments, in an elegant complex arranged around a central courtyard complete with palm trees. Some of the apartments have water views, all of them have full kitchens, simple, contemporary decor and a laundry service.

Best Waterfront Hotels

  • The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is slick and luxurious, and right on the waterfront, with its own private marina. The 157 rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows, and most have balconies overlooking the water too. Inside expect smooth, shiny surfaces, and backlit marble. There’s an indoor pool and a spa, and a couple of elegant bars and a restaurant.
  • The Hilton Auckland has got to be the ultimate waterfront hotel, positioned on a wharf, jutting over the water, and offering views of the water on three long sides. It has 165 rooms and suites, all of them with incredible views through huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Most rooms have a private balcony too. The hotel also has an outdoor heated lap pool overlooking the water, a gym and family suites with the option of a babysitting service.

For great value

  • The Esplanade Hotel is a boutique hotel converted from an Edwardian building right on the Devonport waterfront, so you’re just ten minutes by ferry from the centre of town. Loads of nice original features have been retained in the 17 rooms and suites, including 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.
  • Rydges Auckland is large and very central, so it’s easy to see it purely as a business hotel, but its wide range of light, spacious, simple rooms are also very affordable, and it’s great to be somewhere central as a visitor too. The best rooms have views across the harbour, but if you’re not staying in one of these you can still enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace. Rydges Auckland also has a cocktail bar, a gym and an Asian fusion restaurant.

For a B&B or Guesthouse

  • In pretty Ponsonby, the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel is a small, colourful, boutique-style B&B run by friendly Auckland locals. The ‘art’ bit of the title is delivered in the form of the work of local artists on prominent display in all of the 11 rooms and suites, and in the public spaces. The building itself is an historic home, built in 1894, and during the conversion into a B&B many of the original features have been carefully preserved, making for a really charming, welcoming looking property. Room sizes, styles and prices vary a lot, the best have large bay windows or veranda access. Breakfasts are generous and you’re only 15 minutes away from the CBD, surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
  • Also in Ponsonby, Franklin 38 is a chic, boutique-style guesthouse with just four spacious suites. The exterior has an air of an elegant homestead, with clapboard exterior and large verandahs on two storeys, whilst the interior is very contemporary, in a mainly monochrome colour palette.  
  • The Andelin Guest House is an elegant, charmingly converted double storey family home close to the sea in Devonport. There are only five guest rooms, all of them airy and beautifully styled, with large, contemporary bathrooms, white linen and photographs on the walls. This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for somewhere peaceful.

Just Outside Auckland

  • About 30 minutes outside Auckland, the Warblers Retreat is a small, but perfectly formed eco-lodge, with just two rooms, both with outdoor baths, large lounges and fully functioning kitchens, which you can arrange to be partially stocked for your arrival. Between the rooms is a large outdoor pool. Romantic, and adults only.

Prefer an Apartment or Private Rental?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private cottage or house we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • For most of us the real barrier to visiting Auckland is the tine it takes to travel there. Lots of us read articles like the one above and think “yes, that sounds fantastic!”, but it’s hard to know if it sounds fantastic enough to spend the better part of 30 hours on a place to get to? Auckland Airport is the place you’ll be heading for, which is most affordable between April and June, because that’s autumn, going into winter in New Zealand. If you want to visit during the busier times of you you might want to start looking for flights up to a year in advance to get the best deals. Once you arrive it’s easier, Auckland Airport is well connected to the city centre by public transport and taxis.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • Between December and March Auckland is sunny and warm, with not a lot of rain, and up to seven hours of sunshine a day, so it’s a popular time to visit. April and May are mild, but it starts to get wetter, with greater humidity and more rainy days. Winter seems to alternate rain and sunshine, with average daily maximum temperatures in the mid to low teens. Come September and October it’s getting warmer and drier again, and it’s quite quiet as far as visitor numbers go.

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    Best Hotels in Auckland

    • Haka Hotel Suites Auckland 60 rooms from £80

      Walking distance restaurants  -  Enjoy the flavours and delights of 100 eateries from a 5 star restaurant to Auckland's edgiest cafes & ethnic restaurants
      Concierge  -  Not only will the concierge organise everything during your stay they will also sort all your onward travel for no cost
      City Style  -  With up-to-the-minute technology, chic contemporary design and a very efficient concierge service
      Sights nearby  -  Located in the trendy K'Road area but within easy walking distance of Downtown and Ponsonby

      A sleek hotel offering smart accommodation in the heart of the city. Minimalist rooms feature well-designed kitchenettes, luxury bathrooms and ocean-view terraces. With a concierge service that will pander to your every whim and fancy from activity bookings to UberEats, this is a tough one to beat. See More

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    • 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.
      Traditional
      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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    • M Social Auckland Auckland 190 rooms from £112

      City Style  -  With high-end tech, contemporary design, and exemplary service this is a chic city stay
      Families  -  Pick a tribe room which is made up of interconnecting rooms, a double and a twin
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

      A slick hotel in an ideal position on Auckland's vibrant waterfront. Light rooms feature floor to ceiling windows with ocean views, some have in-room baths and there's all the high-tech gadgets you'd expect. The acclaimed restaurant serves creative dishes and the bar some punchy drinks. 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

      Spa
      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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