Auckland

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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.

Where to stay in Auckland

ibis budget Auckland Airport
ibis budget Auckland Airport
3 out of 5
2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland, 2150
The price is ¥9,490 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,131 reviews)
"Walking distance to supermarket, shops, and eatery."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

ibis budget Auckland Airport
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
The price is ¥16,201 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
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 Wonderful! (1,113 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

SkyCity Hotel
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 out of 5
83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland, 1010
The price is ¥20,360 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 5-star spa hotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (998 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ramada Suites Victoria Street West
Ramada Suites Victoria Street West
4 out of 5
147 Victoria Street West & Graham Street, Auckland, 1010
The price is ¥8,990 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly aparthotel in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (194 reviews)
"After being welcomed at the front desk I found my room to be clean, bright and equipped with the right amenities. No desk or lounge chair but I didn't need it. Warm and quiet. Perfectly located near CBD and transport options."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Ramada Suites Victoria Street West
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
4 out of 5
85-89 Custom St West, Auckland, 1001
The price is ¥16,887 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
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! (1,203 reviews)
"Was a little disappointed in the room, booked a 1 bedroom suite however the layout was extremely cramped, certainly not the one bedroom suite I've stayed in before"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Auckland Harbour Suites
Auckland Harbour Suites
3.5 out of 5
16 Gore Street, Auckland, 1036
The price is ¥9,114 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Auckland. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,499 reviews)
"Handy location, good size rooms excellent check in process"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Auckland Harbour Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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