Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand

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Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand
Curator’s statement

When people think of visiting New Zealand, they often immediately picture its stunning countryside, with its snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes. However, many visitors overlook Auckland, the country's largest city, as a destination. Having lived in Auckland, I believe that it is worth a visit, as it can offer visitors a variety of activities to suit all interests.

If you're planning a trip to New Zealand and flying to/from Auckland airport, I highly recommend spending a day or two in Auckland before or after your trip. This will give you a chance to experience the city's unique culture and attractions, as well as to relax and recharge after your long flight in one of the hotels in Auckland, New Zealand.

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When I was living in Auckland, one of the things that I really loved was that so much of the city was near water.

The Viaduct is Auckland's waterfront precinct and a popular destination for tourists and locals looking to enjoy the food & drink offerings at one of its bustling waterfront restaurants, bars, and cafes while enjoying the views of the harbour.

It is also a great place to stay if you, like me, like being surrounded by water and appreciate open views and more space.

The Park Hyatt is one of my favorite hotels in Auckland, offering the personalized luxury and sophisticated service that Park Hyatt hotels are known for. It’s located on the water’s edge and the 25-meter infinity pool, day spa, and fitness center can help even the most jetlagged or tired travelers rejuvenate.

Also on the water’s edge and only a few minutes walk away, the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour brings french chic to the Viaduct, as seen throughout the hotel, from little decorative touches in the rooms, suites, and public spaces, to the sophisticated dining venues and the Sofitel day spa.

The CBD (Central Business District) is the city’s commercial heart and, as such, home to many hotels in Auckland. With numerous businesses, government offices, as well as shopping and cultural attractions, the area is convenient for getting around the city (and beyond) easily. The Sky Tower, Auckland Museum, and War Memorial Museum are all located in this area, as well as some of my preferred hotels in Auckland.

SO/ Auckland is located just a couple of blocks away from Queen street, the city’s main commercial street, and a short walk to many restaurants and bars. SO/ Auckland is hip, it’s cool, it’s got some bold design elements, and french patisserie. What’s not to like! A block away, is one of my favorite restaurants, Vivace.

Fancy a run by the waterfront in the morning? No problem. This is a good location to start from and my favorite running route when living in the city was to head to Mission Bay and finish with an ice cream to “fuel up” afterwards.

Nearby, DeBrett hotel is one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Auckland. Beautifully designed throughout with a statement carpet and eclectic mix of furniture and art by local artists. This is not a chain hotel and the DeBrett is proud to show its true art deco colors. It is also only steps away from many restaurants in the city. I recommend Mezze Bar for small plates of delicious food, served in a relaxed atmosphere.

Whether you choose one of the hotels at the Viaduct or CBD, it’s easy to take the short ferry over to Devonport or Waiheke Island.

Devonport port village is described as “Auckland’s best seaside escape”. It is known for its Victorian villas, independent boutiques, and small galleries. Taking a walk along the waterfront and enjoying the views of the harbour and city skyline across the water is a “must”. Alternatively, relax in one of the cozy restaurants and cafes.

Waiheke Island is a beautiful island in the Hauraki Gulf. Whether you’re traveling as a group, a couple or solo, there are organized wine tasting tours that will drive you around the island, stopping at some of the vineyards, allowing you to sample (and purchase) their wines. Alternatively, pick one of the restaurants for a leisurely lunch and glass of local wine. In addition to the vineyards, Waiheke Island is known for its stunning beaches and olive groves.

Slightly away from CBD, Pullman Auckland Hotel & Apartments is a more budget-friendly option. A 5* full-service hotel as well as self-contained apartments, the Pullman would appeal to a range of different travelers, staying for a few days or longer term. The hotel's location is also closer to Parnell and the Auckland Domain.

Parnell is a historic Auckland suburb with a charming village atmosphere as well as the Auckland Domain, a large public park with gardens (another great running location) and the Auckland Museum.

Other areas in the city worth exploring include:

K Road (Karangahape Road) is Auckland’s bohemian, and alternative quarter. It comes alive at night and is a great location to explore some of Auckland’s alternative culture offerings, including clubs, bars, and live music venues.

Ponsonby is a trendy Auckland suburb along the tree-lined Ponsonby road. It is known for its upscale boutiques, trendy bars, and restaurants showcasing different cuisines. Visit SPQR for dinner or a bottomless lunch.

Need to Know

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and the country's business centre. Whether visiting on business, on holiday, or stopping over for a day or two on the way to another part of the country, there are several hotel options to consider depending on planned activities, desired aesthetic, and budget. Getting around the city is quick and easy, with most of the hotels located in the downtown area near the port.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to New Zealand. In need of further inspiration? Check out my trip report, Things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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