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Where to stay in Auckland

When asking yourself where to stay in Auckland, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed by options. From Parnell to Newmarket, there’s accommodation in Auckland to suit any taste and budget. While Downtown might be the obvious choice if you’re keen to spend time in the CBD, some of the less central hubs are worth considering if you have specific attractions you’re hoping to visit. To help you make your decision, here are some of our favourite places to pull up for the night while in Auckland.

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  • Downtown Auckland

    Downtown is one of the best places to stay in Auckland if you wish to remain quite central. Staying in Downtown puts you close to public transport, monuments, landmarks, attractions, shopping and more. Absolutely everything the city has to offer is right outside your hotel's front door, which is perfect if you prefer to see the city on foot.  

  • Ponsonby

    An affluent suburb to the west of the CBD, Ponsonby is one of the most colourful and artistic suburbs in Auckland. If you're looking for places to stay in Auckland that have a bit of character to them, look no further. Close to the water and a wealth of local shopping outlets, a stay in Ponsonby is perfect for the artistic at heart.

  • Viaduct Harbour

    A beautiful marina district on the Auckland Harbour, and technically part of Downtown, this hotel-rich area is perfect if you want that five-star experience during your stay. Gorgeous water views, trendy restaurants and eateries, glamourous shopping at the nearby Britomart centre… what more could you want in a luxury stay?

  • Newmarket

    An entertainment district located south of Downtown, Newmarket is perfect for shopping, exploring, and being entertained. There are many local businesses, from cafes to fashion boutiques, galleries, theatres, public squares and more just waiting to be discovered. Don't forget Newmarket's many historic sites, either. This area has it all and then some.

  • Parnell

    East of the CBD, you'll find the leafy Parnell. A quieter but still rather upmarket harbour suburb, Parnell is perfect if you want a bit of pampering but don't like the rush and bustle of Downtown. Relax in the Parnell Rose Garden or take a walk along the Seawall – the options for unwinding are endless.

Frequently asked questions

Auckland is a hilly city with lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must! The weather in Auckland can also be a fickle beast so be prepared with layers that can be added or shed as needed. The rest of your packing list will be determined by the time of year you plan to travel as well as your proposed itinerary.

Auckland is a culinary and cultural smorgasbord dishing up an endless array of things to see, do and devour. You could happily spend your entire holiday wandering around the CBD, eating, exploring and checking out the many museums and art galleries. If you’re keen to venture out of the city centre, you’re spoilt for choice with Waiheke Island and Rangitoto Island just a hop, skip and jump away (okay, more like a short ferry ride). The black sands of Piha Beach are a popular pit-stop for surfers, while Devonport boasts a charming array of cafes, shops and galleries.

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The best time to visit Auckland comes down to personal preference. Sun-seekers will be drawn to Auckland during the summer months (December to February), when the weather is warm and there are plenty of outdoor events and festivals to keep you occupied. If you prefer fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May). Winter (June to August) is technically the low season in Auckland, with cooler temperatures providing the perfect excuse to cosy up around a fire.

Go hiking on Rangitoto Island, enjoy a glamping getaway on the cliffs at Karioitahi Beach or get a dose of culture at the multitude of museums and galleries dotted around Auckland’s CBD. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, SkyJump off the Sky Tower, go stargazing at Great Barrier Island, sip and snack your way around the city, visit Waiheke Island (aka the island of wine), watch the sunset, wander stretches of black-sand beaches, the list is endless!

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