Auckland

Travel Guide
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Nature experiences abound in this city surrounded by harbors and rain forest. Go island hopping, dine out on the water or peer into the crater of a volcano.

Auckland is as much a gateway to a natural playground as it is an urban paradise, with museums, shopping and fine dining. The biggest city on New Zealand’s North Island has coast on one side and mountains on the other. Manukau Harbour is to the southwest, the Hauraki Gulf and its islands to the east, and the rain forest-covered Waitakere Ranges to the west. Take the glass elevator at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland for a spectacular view of the cityscape, mountains and harbor from a height of 722 feet (220 meters).

Auckland is built on and around several extinct volcanoes. The suburb of Mount Eden is built on the side of a cinder-cone volcano. Climb to the top to look into the 164-foot (50-meter) deep crater. The gardens in Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, flourish in the volcanic soil and natural springs of the Pukekawa volcano. Learn about Auckland’s natural history, the culture of the Maori people, and local art and crafts in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which is located on the highest point of the Domain.

Navigating Auckland is easy, with buses, trains and ferries servicing the downtown area. You can take the hop-on, hop-off Explorer Bus for commentary and sightseeing. Rent a car to venture out of the city.

There are 138 species of wildlife housed in the award-winning habitats of the Auckland Zoo. Catch a glimpse of the iconic kiwi and get up-close to rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and primates.

Sailing boats and super yachts moor in Viaduct Harbour, home to the maritime museum and more than 30 bars and restaurants that line the water. Ferries leave from here for the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke Island, a 40-minute ferry trip away, is a great place to hike, sample gourmet food and see stunning beaches.

Head to the hills behind Auckland to hike and camp in the wilderness. Many miles of trails wind through the rain forest and along the coast in the Waitakere Ranges. For serious “trampers,” as hikers are known in New Zealand, there’s the challenging 46-mile (75-kilometer) Hillary Trail, which includes three nights camping and four days tramping. Many visitors go for a day trip through the ranges by rental car or tour bus.

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Where to stay in Auckland

Grand Millennium Auckland
Grand Millennium Auckland
4.5 out of 5
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010
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The price is $128 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Grear service and compliments to front reception staff - great service of concierge -Flint and thank you for extending an extra hour for us to checkout."

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Grand Millennium Auckland
M Social Auckland
M Social Auckland
4.5 out of 5
196-200 Quay Street, Auckland, 1010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $157 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"Absolutely loved the stay. Staff was so polite and helpful. Great friendly environment. We went for my wifes birthday and they went the extra mile to set up an beautiful birthday welcome treats for us. 10/10 highly recommend"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

M Social Auckland
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
The price is $133 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, 15 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,073 reviews)
"Great place to stay for an Auckland staycation!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

SkyCity Hotel
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Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
6-12 St Martins Lane, Auckland, 1010
The price is $93 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (2,924 reviews)
"Booked 3 rooms, was a bit disappointed that they were on different levels. Overall quite good experience"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel
Barclay Suites
Barclay Suites
4.5 out of 5
74 Albert Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is $124 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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4.1/5 Very Good! (3,200 reviews)
"Great place, one of the few hotels where you can get a 2 bedroom apartment with ensuites"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Barclay Suites
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland, 1001
The price is $156 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,224 reviews)
"Overall, a really enjoyable stay. Staff friendly and helpful. Strange layout of suite with a study taking up space. Average facilities. However, It does not have the facilities you would expect of 4* accomodation. Needs an upgrade. Noisy over the weekend but we expected that so not an issue. Having ..."

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The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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Getting around Auckland

Renting a car is a good idea if you want to explore the wider area around Auckland. However, Auckland itself and many popular destinations nearby are covered by a good public transportation network. Ride the bus or the train to get everywhere you need to go in the city. Ferries are also available to take you out to the islands. Buy a reloadable AT HOP card to pay for all your public transportation. Visit the Auckland Regional Transport Authority website.Browse Auckland rental cars.

Best time to visit

Auckland is warmest between December and early March. However, the sunny weather in these months brings an influx of tourists, pushing up accommodations prices and making some parts of the city feel crowded. Visit in the shoulder seasons, March to May and September to November, to avoid the peak season. The pleasant weather will still allow you to enjoy Auckland’s many outdoor activities.

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