Takapuna Beach

Where to Stay - Hotels in Auckland City

As New Zealand’s most liveable city, Auckland combines the best of many worlds. It is where 1.4 of the country’s 4.5 million residents live, and for irresistible reasons. Access to jobs is easy; wining, dining and entertainment combinations are practically endless; cultural and historic attractions abound, in large part because it is the melting pot of indigenous Maori, Polynesian, Asian and European communities; and proximity to both the refined beauty and unpolished edges of nature makes unwinding as easy as hopping on a yacht and sailing into the sunset, or watching the Tasman Sea batter the black volcanic sand of the west coast while fur seals frolic in the beaches and colonies of gannet stand watch from the cliffs.

Where to go from your central Auckland accommodation

As the most cosmopolitan of New Zealand cities, Auckland attracts travellers from all social groups: from the well-heeled vacationer who holes up in the plush hotel accommodation in Auckland overlooking the Viaduct Harbour to the budget-conscious independent backpacker who chooses cheap Auckland accommodation in youth hostels.

The Viaduct Harbour is obviously an upmarket dining venue and lifestyle hub – one look at the number of yachts moored in the harbour, and you understand why Auckland is nicknamed the City of Sails. Most locals head to Britomart for Vietnamese coffee, Japanese sushi or Spanish tapas, or live Kiwi music at watering holes and night spots all within a stone’s throw. The aptly named High Street is haute couture central.

The city’s Farmers Market is an experience unto itself, but Auckland’s wining and dining scene is truly world-class, with international cuisines prepared from the same fresh produce that are grown at Matakana, one hour to the north, itself a foodie destination. Several notable restaurants in Auckland have received international recognition, proof that a city with a classy character usually comes with impeccable culinary sense.

Alternative accommodation in Auckland New Zealand

With an annual visitor count of more than twice as large as the country’s population, the range of hotel accommodation in Auckland City runs the gamut of serviced apartment accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand and inns, motels and lodges in Mangere to the south, to family-sized holidays homes overlooking Sandy Bay or Manukau Harbour. Book online to find where to stay in Auckland City, and book the best hotel in Auckland or some cheap Auckland accommodation.

Takapuna, the lifestyle capital of North Auckland, is a world unto itself complete with kayaking and rowing spots at Lake Pupuke, coastal promenades at Milford, and lounging spots at the white sand strips of Takapuna Beach. Sun-drenched beach cottages, apartments and lodges welcome the road-weary at Waiheke across Hauraki Gulf, 40 minutes by ferry from the city’s waterfront. Devonport, a shorter ferry ride to the north across Waitemata Harbour, is a charming seaside village with Victorian villas, boutique shopping, cosy bed and breakfasts, and plenty of history.