Otherwise known as ‘The City of Sails', Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city, with nearly 1.7 million inhabitants - over a quarter of New Zealand’s entire population.
As a large, sprawling city, there are a plethora of different accommodation options designed to suit every type of traveller, whether you’re a backpacker on a budget, after a long-term stay, or keen for some five-star luxury.
We’ve hunted high and low and found just some of what we believe are the best accommodation facilities in Auckland.
This “flashpacker” was ranked the World’s 4th Best Hostel in 2020, for good reason. With a variety of different rooms to choose from, from various dorms, to twin rooms and queen ensuites, the private curtains on the bunk beds, spacious lounge and kitchen with top of the line facilities, and central location make this hostel a budget accommodation that is well worth what you pay for.
Check out Haka Lodge Ponsonby, their sister hostel for some more upmarket backpacker accommodation.
This centrally located hostel offers spacious, fully equipped facilities with free hairdryers and straighteners, tour bookings, and an open deck area.
Perfect as a base to go and explore what this vibrant city has to offer, take your pick from a variety of dorm rooms (including a 14-bed dorm for those on a real budget), to a single or double private.
This 4.5 star apartment-style hotel is perfect for someone looking for a convenient, central location with hotel services, while still having the independence that an apartment offers.
Just minutes away from the famous Viaduct Harbour and Downtown shopping precinct, this is an all-round ideal apartment stay.
This stunning Victorian Villa is located just a 10 minute walk from the stunning local beach in the seaside village of Devonport, and just 2 minutes away from the local shops, cafes, and ferry terminal to Auckland CBD.
With each private luxury room containing a massive ensuite, this beautifully decorated and welcoming guest house is the perfect stay for somewhere a bit different where you can meet some true locals.
These serviced apartments in the trendy and stylish suburb of Ponsonby are perfect for both short and long term stays, with your choice of either a studio or one or two bedroom apartments.
Close to the Auckland CBD and waterfront and the entertainment and shopping district, this is the perfect place to stay when you are looking for somewhere more long term.
A great option for young graduates or couples who want to save some money, Sandringham Lodge is a real home away from home, with long term and short term motel-style accommodation in the heart of Auckland city.
Quiet, affordable, and with the perks of a communal kitchen to meet new people, Sandringham Lodge is a great place to stay within easy access of public transport.
This charming bed and breakfast is a luxury retreat where you will be welcomed with open arms in a beautifully presented accommodation by a wonderful host.
Complete with 180 degree expansive sea views on a large veranda balcony and an outdoor swimming pool with sun-loungers, you’ll almost forget to go and explore the city itself.
This Qualmark-certified hidden oasis in the heart of Auckland is a boutique eco-luxury retreat, set in the midst of a sub-tropical rainforest.
The perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, you can take a spa bath by the waterfall and literally bathe with nature, or have a gentle swim in the fresh saltwater swimming pool, surrounded by a rainforest, barbeque, and a cosy fireplace.
This romantic treehouse on AirBnb is a beautiful bush chalet surrounded by native trees and birds. Just a short drive to the beautiful black sand Karekare Beach, recently voted the second best beach in the world by Passport Magazine, this is also the perfect vacation home to use as a base to explore the plethora of hikes in the Waitakere Ranges.
This Urban Jungle Apartment located in the heart of Auckland city is a stylish loft decorated in a plethora of sub-tropical plants, inspired by Auckland’s subtropical rainforest on the west coast.
With the plush double bed located high above you via a ladder, this is one truly trendy loft where you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped foot into an urban wonderland.