Best Areas to Stay in Auckland, New Zealand

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Where to stay in Auckland – A guide to the New Zealand city

Auckland is the second most populous city in New Zealand, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants. It is the gateway of New Zealand since it has the most important international airport in the nation, which is the starting point for tourists from all over the world who want to explore the Lord Of The Rings land.

Its location east of the Pacific Ocean, on the North Island of New Zealand, surrounds the city with landscapes as privileged as diverse. Beaches, volcanoes, caves and all kinds of green areas are part of the natural attractions that are in near to Auckland.

In addition, it is also due to its geographical location that Auckland has a coastal climate, with average temperatures of 23ºC during the summer and winters that are tolerable compared to other large cities. However, it is said that the city can cross all four seasons in one day, so, although any time is recommended to travel to Auckland, you have to prepare for possible rain throughout the entire year.

Because it is a huge city (to give you an idea, it is bigger than Madrid), it’s important to know which are the best areas to stay in Auckland before visiting it. Additionally, we must take into account that the main transport is the bus because the metro system (known as rail) only covers the centre of the so-called “city of candles” and walking among its steep streets is a challenge.

If you want to stay in a central area within the many suburbs of Auckland and, at the same time, discover what the nightlife has to offer, the Central Business District, or CBD, is ideal for you (See accommodation in Central Business District).

On the other hand, it is in Viaduct Harbour that high-end restaurants and luxury hotels are concentrated, which makes it a good place to stay in Auckland (See hotels in Viaduct Harbour).

Here is a guide with the best areas to stay in Auckland.

The best areas to stay in Auckland

1. Our Favourite Area: Viaduct Harbour

Viaduct Harbour has an excellent location in the heart of Auckland, in a renovated old harbour that currently houses high-end restaurants, pubs and all kinds of leisure options that fill the area with ​​life, both during the day and night.

This lively neighbourhood is located between the CBD and Victoria Park, a popular urban park with areas for skateboarding and cricket. In addition, incredible views of the CBD skyline can be enjoyed from the harbour.

The main attractions of Viaduct Harbour include the New Zealand Maritime Museum with a collection that includes Polynesian and Maori ships, as well as all types of maritime crafts.

Viaduct Harbour is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland, New Zealand if you want to discover the most touristic side of the city. However, it must be taken into account that the accommodation in this neighbourhood is not the cheapest.

Transportation in the neighbourhood includes the Britomart terminal (from where all rail, ferry and bus lines connect) within a 10-minute walk, making it an area with great transport connections.

Stay in Viaduct Harbour - Auckland, New Zealand

Stay in Viaduct Harbour – Auckland, New Zealand

Accommodation in Viaduct Harbour - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Viaduct Harbour – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Central location
  • Victoria Park
  • Great food
  • Entertainment options
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Connected through rail

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Best Nest – Apartment

Best Nest – Apartment is located in the Viaduct Harbour district of Auckland. The apartment features a living room with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher.

from NZ$199
Budget

Stunning Apartment

Stunning apartment is an accommodation located in Auckland, 200 meters from Viaduct Harbor and 300 meters from the Sky Tower. The SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre is a 9-minute walk away.

from NZ$84
Luxurious

Hilton Auckland

The Hilton Auckland, renovated in 2016, offers elegant rooms and suites in an idyllic location at the end of Princes Wharf. It houses the luxury restaurant FISH, which serves a creative menu based on fresh ingredients from the area.

from NZ$289

 

 

 

2. Central Business District (CBD)

The Central Business District (CBD) of Auckland is, as the name suggests, the epicentre of economic activity in the New Zealand city.

It is in this area that the most important companies in the city are concentrated, giving it a corporate atmosphere that makes the CBD one of the best areas to stay in Auckland for business travellers, with many business and leisure hotels.

This district is home to one of the main attractions of Auckland: The Sky Tower, a 60-story tower that is an architectural landmark and offers panoramic views of the city.

The CBD is also home to Queen Street, one of Auckland’s main commercial arteries, where you will find a large number of restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops.

In addition, south of the CBD, there is Karangahape Road (or “K Road“), a street full of alternative stores especially appealing to hipsters and bohemians. In the vicinity of K Road, you will also find budget accommodation in Auckland.

The CBD of Auckland is the most central and best-connected area of ​​Auckland, with the Britomart terminal only a few steps away. Likewise, it is a good place to stay in Auckland to enjoy the nightlife or the cultural scene of the city.

Auckland CBD - Best areas to stay in Auckland

Auckland CBD – Best areas to stay in Auckland

Sky Tower - CBD - Best areas to stay in Auckland

Sky Tower – CBD – Best areas to stay in Auckland

Accommodation in Auckland Central Business District - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Auckland Central Business District – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Sky Tower
  • Great nightlife
  • Business-type hotel
  • Connected through rail
  • Queen Street
  • K Road

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

VR Queen Street Hotel and Suites is located in the centre of Auckland and offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi. It also has a buffet restaurant and a modern design cafe bar.

from NZ$159
Budget

JUCY Snooze

Rooms at JUCY Snooze have a private or shared bathroom. Some rooms include an LCD TV, a desk, a hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. The property has a shared lounge area, luggage storage, barbecue facilities and secure covered parking.

from NZ$79
Luxurious

Cordis, Auckland

The Cordis, Auckland is located in the lively area near Upper Queen Street and Karangahape Road, surrounded by a lively neighbourhood. Thanks to its central location, guests can discover the museums, galleries and shops of the city.

from NZ$199

 

 

 

3. Ponsonby

Ponsonby is a suburb of contrasts. On one hand, in the Ponsonby Road street, you can find some of the most exclusive restaurants in Auckland, bars and boutiques ideal for shopping.

On the other, you will run into a residential area, quieter than other districts, despite being located to the west of the CBD and, therefore, enjoying a central and privileged location.

Although it does not have many attractions, Ponsonby is near the Western Park, an urban park with picnic and hiking areas, tennis courts, and playgrounds. In addition, Ponsonby connects with other neighbourhoods by bus and is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland if you are looking for tranquillity during your stay without sacrificing a central location.

Ponsonby can also be considered among the hipster neighbourhoods in Auchland for its shops and bars with alternative options, so it can be said that, in this suburb, there is always something to see and do, no matter what your tastes and interests are.

Ponsonby - Where to stay in Auckland

Ponsonby – Where to stay in Auckland

Accommodation in Ponsonby - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Ponsonby – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Great food
  • Hipster shops
  • Entertainment options

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Ponsonby Manor Guest House

The charming Ponsonby Manor Guest House was built in 1865 and offers free Wi-Fi, a modern kitchen and rooms with a flat-screen TV. It is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s financial district.

from NZ$179
Budget

Ponsonby Backpackers

Located in Auckland, Ponsonby Backpackers offers a barbecue and a garden. The tour desk can help organize activities. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

from NZ$79
Luxurious

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel is a charming 1890 heritage villa just 2 minutes’ walk from the lively centre of Ponsonby. It offers rooms decorated with Pacific colors and traditional works of art.

from NZ$239

 

 

 

4. Newmarket

Newmarket is one of the most exclusive areas in Auckland. It is in this neighbourhood that you will find the most recognized shops in the city, ideal for luxury shopping, as well as restaurants of all kinds.

Located south of Parnell and the Auckland Domain park, this suburb also includes major movie theatres such as the Rialto Cinema and the Event Cinemas Broadway among its many attractions, ensuring that you’ll have something to entertain you with if you stay at Newmarket.

As far as transportation is concerned, the Newmarket rail station connects with lines 1, South and West of the centre, making it easy to move to other downtown districts of Auckland. In addition, it is also possible to go by bus from Newmarket to the furthest suburbs.

Newmarket is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland for shopping. Similarly, although it is not the most lively area during the night, it has some pubs for those who want to explore the nightlife.

Accommodation in Newmarket - Auckland, New Zealand

Accommodation in Newmarket – Auckland, New Zealand

Accommodation in Newmarket - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Newmarket – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Exclusive neighbourhood
  • Theatres
  • Shopping area
  • Connected by rail and bus
  • Great food
  • Great location

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Haka Hotel Newmarket

Featuring free WiFi, Haka Hotel Newmarket is located in Auckland. It has a terrace and shared lounge, and is in the Newmarket district. All rooms at Haka Hotel Newmarket are equipped with a desk, kettle and private bathroom with a hairdryer.

from NZ$149
Budget

Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre

The Alpers Lodge & Conference Center is a 10-minute drive from downtown Auckland, has a restaurant that serves breakfast/dinner and provides free parking.

from NZ$89
Luxurious

Quest Newmarket Serviced Apartments

Quest Newmarket offers modern apartments with hotel services, a kitchenette and satellite TV, just 5 minutes’ drive from the Auckland Hospital. The Wi-Fi connection is free.

from NZ$229

 

 

 

5. Parnell

Parnell is located to the east of the CBD and, although it is mostly a residential area of ​​the upper class of the city, it also includes several attractions that are worth knowing when travelling to Auckland, New Zealand.

This suburb is the home of Auckland Domain, one of the most important parks in the city. Inside the park, you will find one of the most iconic buildings in the city of candles: The Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The museum is a must for those visiting Auckland, as its exhibitions take us on a journey through the history of New Zealand. Similarly, the building is, by itself, a tourist attraction, thanks to its neoclassical style.

Parnell is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland if you are looking for tranquillity during your stay, but being in a well located, exclusive suburb with tourist attractions nearby.

In addition, Parnell has its own rail station, so you can connect with other areas of Auckland, through the South and West lines.

Accommodation near Auckland War Memorial Museum - Parnell, Auckland

Accommodation near Auckland War Memorial Museum – Parnell, Auckland

Accommodation in Parnell - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Parnell – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Exclusive neighbourhood
  • Auckland Domain
  • Peaceful area
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Central location
  • Connected through rail

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Quality Hotel Parnell

Quality Hotel Parnell is located on a 2.8-hectare site in the Parnell district and offers a restaurant and a bar. It also offers free parking. This hotel provides free Wi-Fi, free morning newspapers and room and laundry services.

from NZ$159
Budget

City Garden Lodge

City Garden Lodge is located in a historic building next to Auckland city centre, and offers free Wi-Fi and unlimited parking.

from NZ$24
Luxurious

Quest Parnell Serviced Apartments

Located in the historic neighbourhood of Parnell town center, Quest Serviced Apartments offers quality self-catering accommodation with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

from NZ$189

 

 

 

6. North Shore

North Shore is a huge district that groups, as the translation of its name implies, the entire north end of Auckland. It is a quiet area that stands out especially for its beaches such as Takapuna Beach, which offer spectacular views.

This area is on the other side of the Harbour Bridge and, in the past, it was not considered part of the city. However, nowadays, it is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland for those who visit the city in search of tranquillity or with the intention of enjoying the sun, the sand and the sea.

To get to this area from the centre of Auckland, you can go by ferry from Britomart (part of the CBD) or using a mass transport bus service that departs from different parts of the city.

Because it is a district relatively far from the centre, hotels on the North Shore tend to be cheaper than in other suburbs, making it a good place to stay in Auckland if you have a lower budget.

Another reason to choose North Shore while looking for where to stay in Auckland is Devenport, one of the suburbs within the district that offers entertainment for the whole family and is ideal if you are planning to travel with children to Auckland.

North Shore - Best areas to stay in Auckland

North Shore – Best areas to stay in Auckland

Accommodation in North Shore - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in North Shore – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Beach area
  • Great views of the bay
  • Takapuna Beach
  • Quiet area
  • Devenport
  • Connected through ferry and bus

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Poenamo Hotel

The Poenamo Hotel offers access to 6 independently owned and managed restaurants within the complex, a fully fenced outdoor pool with hot tub and free parking.

from NZ$114
Budget

MyHoliday

MyHoliday is located in Auckland, 7 km from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from NZ$49
Luxurious

VR Takapuna

VR Takapuna offers luxury self-catering apartments just 10 minutes’ drive from Auckland city centre. It has free secure parking and free WiFi.

from NZ$199

 

 

 

7. Manukau – Airport

The Manukau area is located to the south of the city and is one of the best areas to stay in Auckland if you are passing through the city or making a stopover, as it is known to host the Auckland International Airport (AKL).

Auckland Airport is the hub of the Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia airlines, making it possible to fly to others destinations in Oceania, Asia, North America and South America.

Despite not having the most central location, it is also possible to move to the main attractions of the city using the rail, thanks to the Manukau station that connects with the East and South lines. However, from the airport, it is necessary to take a bus.

Stay near Auckland's Airport, New Zealand

Stay near Auckland’s Airport, New Zealand

Why we love this area for a stay in Auckland:

  • Best area for travelers in transit
  • Auckland International Airport
  • Connected through public transport

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel

The Naumi Auckland Airport offers luxury accommodation with elegant rooms, surrounded by peaceful gardens. The property has a fitness centre and an Asian-influenced restaurant.

from NZ$134
Budget

Highland Stay

The Highland Stay is located in Auckland, on top of a hill overlooking a large park and sports areas. Offering free WiFi access and views of the garden, the property is 9 km from Mount Smart Stadium.

from NZ$69
Luxurious

Jet Park Airport Hotel

Just a 5-minute drive from Auckland Airport, Jet Park Airport Hotel offers a restaurant, lounge bar and swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and in public areas, such as the lobby and bar.

from NZ$199

 

 

 

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