Accommodation in Auckland
With a population of over one million people, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and the main gateway for visitors to New Zealand. The city is a colorful mix of nationalities who come from all corners of the world, including a large number of Polynesian people. Auckland or the city of sails as it is commonly referred to, is surrounded by water and therefore is a popular spot for sailing and water sports.
Auckland City is right on the harbor and has a number of fantastic waterfront restaurants, bars and nightlife. It is also a shopper’s paradise with everything from shopping malls, to open air street markets. Favorite spots include Queen Street, High Street, Ponsonby, Newmarket and Parnell Village. Auckland is also home to many beautiful beaches, parks, waterfalls and bush.
Top Areas To Stay in Auckland
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Mercure Hotel ***
“Midrange Hotel with a trendy rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking the city and harbour. Very good location and easy access by airport express.”
“B&B style accomodation which includes a lovely cooked breakfast. Great location in Ponsonby, one of the city’s hippest strips, many fantastic bars, cafes and boutique shopping.”
“Centrally located apartment complex close to waterfront and city. Modern and very affordable 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments ideal for 2 couples travelling together or families. “
“Very stylish five star hotel located in a quiet marina arae and only ten mintues walk from the city.”
More information about Auckland
1. Rangitoto Island
A short 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland will take you to the base of this majestic 600 year old volcano. Walk to the top for spectacular 360 degree views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. There is also a guided train tour available. Find Out More >
2. Sky Tower
In the center of Auckland you will find the iconic 328 meter high Skytower. From the top of the tower you will get stunning 360 degree views of the city. The upper part of the tower contains two restaurants one of which Orbit rotates 360 degrees every hour. The Skytower is part of the Skycity Auckland Casino complex and also includes a couple of activities for the adventurous traveler; the SkyJump and the Sky Walk. Find Out More >
3. Unique Views of Auckland
Check out the stunning views from Auckland’s highest natural point, at the top of Mount Eden. This dormant volcano has three main craters covered in lush grass. For a view with a twist visit North Head in Devonport. A short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. North Head is famous for its military history, with gun emplacements, fortifications and a fascinating network of tunnels to explore. Find Out More >
4. Viaduct Harbor
Located in the heart of Auckland city, Viaduct harbor is where Auckland city meets the ocean. Here you can explore New Zealand’s rich maritime history at the Voyager Maritime museum, view the super yachts berthed in the harbor, catch a ferry to nearby islands or enjoy one of more than 30 world class bars and restaurants that line the water’s edge. Find Out More >
5. Auckland Beaches
From wild black sand surf beaches such as Piha and Muriwai to sheltered golden bays, there are many beaches to explore throughout the greater Auckland region. Have a BBQ or picnic on a quiet beach with your family or go swimming, surfing, or diving. There is something for everyone. Find Out More >
6. Waiheki Island
Just a 35 minute ferry from downtown Auckland will take you to the picturesque Waiheki Island. A fabulous blend of farmland, forest, beautiful beaches, vineyards and olive groves, and a strong international reputation for its food, wine and arts. From mountain biking to wine tasting there is not a shortage of things to do. Find Out More >
7. Local Wildlife
Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium, Butterfly creek. Or go on a dolphin and whale safari in the Hauraki Gulf, heading to Muriwai beach to see the gannet colonies or walk among rare native birds on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Find Out More >
8. Water Sports
Kayak around the sheltered east coast beaches. Go Stand Up Paddle boarding from Mission Bay or set out on a sailing boat and really experience the City of Sails. Find Out More >
9. Mission Bay
Mission bay is a short picturesque bus ride from down town Auckland. With its beautiful gold beach and a vibrant beachfront promenade lined with stylish and thriving cafés, it is favorite spot for Aucklanders and its visitors. It is also a great spot for cycling, rollerblading, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or just having a relaxed picnic on the beach. Find Out More >
10. Auckland War Memorial Musuem
Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand’s most outstanding historical buildings located in the beautiful Auckland Domain. Here you will find a significant collection of New Zealand’s natural, social. military and cultural history s as well as the traditional Maori carvings, houses, canoes and treasures. Find Out More >
If you want to explore Auckland CBD and its surrounding suburbs the best way is to make use of the public transport (bus or train) or taxi. The buses (and trains to Newmarket) depart from the Britomart Transport Centre (at the northern end of Queen Street).
The most useful route is the “Link” (Mon-Fri 6am – 23h30, Sat & Sun 7am-23h30, every 10min to 19 hours, then every 15 minutes until 23.30; NZD 1.60 per ride, NZD 14 for ten journeys ), these green buses that a continuous looped trail ride through the city’s most popular suburbs such as Parnell, Newmarket, K ‘Road and Ponsonby. You can buy tickets on the bus or in the Britomart.
There is also a secure “Nightrider” services (Sat & Sun 1-3am; NZD 4-9) that you can use after a night out.
The “City Circuit bus” (daily 8am-18pm, every 10min, free) starts at Queen Street (opposite the Britomart Transport Centre) and then follows a route through the city center with the university and the west side of downtown.
For tourists who frequently use public transport, the day Getabout Auckland Discovery Pass (NZD 13, available from bus drivers, ferry ticket offices and at the train and bus station) is the best deal. Allows you to any areas that you probably want to explore cover. Pass includes the “Link”, the trains to the suburbs and all ferries to the north shore (including Devonport), but not of the Gulf Islands. More information and the latest pricing visit: www.maxx.co.nz.
If you want to spend more time and have more freedom exploring the West Auckland (Waitakeri) or North Shore numerous beaches and hiking trails, hiring a car would be advised. Although this can also be done with public transport or tours.