What are the best places to stay in Auckland New Zealand?

After one 5 nights stay at an AirBNB in Ponsonby, and another 2 nights stay at a hotel in the center, it was clear that the best option, when possible, is to stay at an AirBNB, which is much much comfortable especially for the price paid, as Auckland is a very expensive city.


Best places to stay in Auckland New Zealand

After one 5 nights stay at an AirBNB in Ponsonby, and another 2 nights stay at a hotel in the center, it was clear that the best option, when possible, is to stay at an AirBNB, which is much much comfortable especially for the price paid, as Auckland is a very expensive city.

The best areas to stay in Auckland are the city center, Ponsonby on the West side of center with many bars and restaurants, and Parnell on the East side of the center, with fast access to the main part of the city.

For my first time visiting the country, it wasn't easy to find a place to stay that would fit my budget and my preferences, like staying near the center...

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See below our choice of the best accommodation for your stay in Auckland, wether you are travelling for business, with family, with friends, or single:

  • best cheap accommodation Auckland city is an AirBNB, starting at around 30€ a night,
  • nicest budget hotel Auckland is the Ibis Budget Auckland central, which starts at 50€ a night,
  • the best hotels in Auckland are in the center like the Grand Mercure,
  • best hotels near Auckland airport for budget is the ibis budget Auckland airport.
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Are there cheap accommodation Auckland city

There is no real cheap accommodation in Auckland city. However, with AirBNB, it was possible to stay at a nice place for about US$40 a night, in a good location such as the Ponsonby area, which is at a walking distance from the city center, easily accessible with public transports, airport bus, super shuttle and SkyBUS.

I arrived there at night, and, before arrival, the host gave me all necessary indications to find the place, enter their house, and get to the room, in which they let the light on for me.

On the day after, I decided to join a walking tour, and could have a day view at the place where I was staying: a very typical New Zealand house, that reminds very much of the English style, all in wood, and with close to no isolation.

Going up in the street in direction of the center, I could see that the whole street was made of similar typical house, despite being right next to the center of the capital of the country.

In the next days, I got to meet my hosts, which were very much used to have guests, and that I didn't get to know more than that.

However, an awesome surprise in that house, for me as a cat lover, was the presence of many kitties during my stay there.

Between long walks in the city, it was the perfect opportunity to relax a little bit by playing with them.

Staying at the best budget hotel Auckland

For my second stay in the city, back from Rotorua, I decided to stay at a hotel in the center, near the entertainment area, as it was only for a few nights stay.

I stopped at the Ibis Budget Auckland central, very close to the central train station, and SkyBUS stop.

For only about NZ$100 (60€/65$) a night, it was one of the cheapest options in that very expensive city.

I got a room very high in the building, on the 13th floor, but, unfortunately, there wasn't much to see around, as the place was surrounded by other high rise buildings.

The nice surprise from that hotel was the presence of a kitchenette, which I however didn't have the opportunity to use, given my very short stay there.

Nicest budget hotel Auckland Ibis budget Auckland central on booking.com

The best hotels in Auckland

However, for travellers with a higher budget, above 100€ a night, the best hotels in Auckland are around the harbour area, and the best one of all is the Grand Mercure Auckland.

With its location right by the ocean, by the trainstation and the market, with the SkyBUS next door, it is the best place in town to stay and have an easy access to all entertainment in town, with only a hundred meters walk to the trendy area of Viaduct.

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Hotels near Auckland airport

If you are only staying for a night around, it might be wiser to get one of the hotels near Auckland airport, as the airport is more than 20km away from the city center, and a ride can take about an hour one way, which might be a big loss of time on a short connection.

Best hotels near Auckland airport for budget: ibis budget Auckland airport on booking.com
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