A bustling city in New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the largest urban area of the country and serves as one of the nation’s main ports of entry for visitors. It is home to iconic landmarks like the Sky Tower and the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is also the perfect jump-off point for trips to Waiheke Island and Rangitoto Island.
There is no denying that Auckland is a great city to start your exploration of New Zealand as it has the perfect blend of city escapades and outdoor recreation. The city is also rich is fantastic and homey places to stay, with hotels that can accommodate various budgets and requirements.
1.Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor
© Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor
A jewel of a hotel sitting in a spectacular location between two glorious harbors, the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor is both cosmopolitan and casual at the same time. Full of surprises and delightfully hospitable, the Sofitel gives guests an ideal location to call home in the heart of Central Auckland throughout the duration of their stay. Rooms at the Sofitel feature floor to ceiling windows, spectacular views of the harbors, and sophisticated decoration. In addition to the Sofitel brand’s signature art de vivre style, their Auckland Viaduct Harbor location also draws inspiration from local culture and New Zealand tradition to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for all guests.
21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-909-9000
© Delamore Lodge
Luxury and tranquility await at the Delamore Lodge, a beloved accommodation on Auckland’s Waiheke Island. One of the most unique things about the Delamore Lodge is the way that it was built. Practically molded around the hillside it sits on, the Delamore Lodge is shaped much like a Maori fish hook. It’s this amazing shape and location that makes it possible for the lodge to offer each of its guests a supreme cliff top view. As a boutique hotel, the Delamore Lodge is able to pay special personal attention to the needs of its guests through four fantastic suites and a wonderful two-bedroom apartment. Each accommodation is in prime position facing the sun to maximize the magical view of the Hauraki Gulf.
83 Delamore Drive, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, Phone: 649-372-7372
© Hotel DeBrett
Characterized by the old-world charm of Auckland’s High Street neighborhood, the Hotel DeBrett provides a unique luxury hotel experience in the heart of New Zealand’s largest urban area. Decorated in a vibrant art deco style, the Hotel DeBrett offers 25 rooms, each with a distinct personality and look of their own. Guests can select between the hotel’s classic rooms, superior room, courtyard suite, boutique suite, loft suite and deluxe suite. Meanwhile, guests are welcome to unwind and relax at some of the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Debrett’s Kitchen is a great place to enjoy contemporary New Zealand Cuisine, while the Housebar and Cornerbar are cozy places to tuck into your choice of cocktail and chat with other travelers.
2 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-925-9000
4.Mollies Boutique Hotel
© Mollies Boutique Hotel
Just steps away from the University of Auckland is Mollies Boutique Hotel, a 5-star hotel that is housed in an eclectic-style building that overlooks the sparkling Waitemata Harbor. This quaint and charming establishment offers 10 hotel rooms and even has a library and tennis court for its guests to enjoy. The rooms are outfitted with laptop safes, a relaxing bed, and a fireplace alongside bathroom amenities like a hairdryer and a spa bathtub. Mollies Boutique Hotel is also home to an amazing restaurant that is particularly popular during lunch service thanks to its mouthwatering international cuisine. Nearby attractions to the hotel include the Aotea Centre, the New Zealand maritime Museum, and the Coast-to-Coast Walkway among other great landmarks.
6 Tweed Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-376-3489
5.Skycity Grand Hotel
Located in Auckland’s lively central business district, the Skycity Grand Hotel offers guests a five-star experience while also offering them access to some of the most impressive attractions and beloved restaurants in the area. Whether you’re in Auckland for business or pleasure, the Skycity Grand Hotel is ready to attend to all of your needs whether it’s through personal touches or special requests. The hotel offers several variations of guest suites such as the light, spacious and minimalist Grand Room, the Grand Harbour View Room, which has unbeatable views of the Waitemata Harbour. Other rooms available at the Skycity Grand Hotel include the Grand Deluxe Room, the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room, the Grand Deluxe King Suite, and the Grand Presidential Suite.
90 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-363-6000
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No matter what city you’re in, the Hilton is always going to be an icon of lavish accommodations and luxury. The Hilton Auckland is no different with its waterfront location, glorious sundecks, private balconies and grand windows. The Hilton Auckland is fabulously located just a short walk away from the city’s central business district and the popular Quay Street restaurants. Guest suites at the Hilton are characterized by light and bright decoration and boast of opulent amenities like an ultra-relaxing bed, a media corner complete with a DVD player and a 32-inch TV, as well as plush bathrobes and slippers. Relax at the hotel’s heated outdoor lap pool, or head to the FISH restaurant to dine on a dynamic and refreshing menu.
Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-978-2000
7.Cordis by The Langham
© Cordis by The Langham
Who says that you have to leave the comforts of home behind when you go on vacation? At the Cordis Hotel and Resort by The Langham, each hotel room is the perfect home away from home with all of the privacy and luxuries of private living in the lavish set up of a 5-star hotel. The Cordis features 10 floors of upscale guest accommodation through 411 rooms and suites. Each room has an average size of 41 square meters and are outfitted with relaxing Dream Beds, plush armchairs, spacious work stations, and fabulously large windows to let in tons of natural light and enjoy an incredible view.
83 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-379-5132
© Pullman Auckland
The Pullman Auckland has everything you could want and more in hotel. From its warm and friendly vibe to the intimate atmosphere that it exudes, the Pullman Auckland puts their guests at the center of their every decision. This sleekly designed hotel offers a selection of spacious and comfortable hotel rooms and even offers guests the option of booking a chic residential suite with the living areas you would expect from an actual home. Suites come with kitchen facilities but are ultimately loved and known for the fantastic views that they offer of the city. Those staying at the Pullman don’t have to look far for amazing food as they can tuck into mouthwatering small plates and a fresh selectin of cocktails and beverages at the Omni Bar.
Corner Princess Street and Waterloo Quadrant, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-353-1000
9.Stamford Plaza Auckland
© Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stay at one of the finest hotels that Auckland has to offer when you book your accommodations at the Stamford Plaza. Utterly charming and sophisticated, the Stamford Plaza ensures that each of their 286 guest rooms are ultra-comfortable and also offer an additional 15 luxurious suites. Not only can guests soak in the culture of city-living in New Zealand, but they can also wake up to the stunning view of the Auckland skyline or the glistening waters of Waitemata Harbour every day. The Stamford Plaza also offers the use of their recreational facility to guests which is fully equipped with the basic amenities of a gym, while still offering special features like a dedicated Pilates area, an indoor heated pool, a sauna and a whirlpool spa. For foodies, the hotel is home to award winning restaurants like the KOA Restaurant, the Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant, and the Grasshopper Thai Restaurant.
22 – 26 Albert Street Auckland, New Zealand 1010, Phone: 649-309-8888
© CityLife Auckland
Whether it’s your first visit to the City of Sails or another one of many, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy a stay at the CityLife Auckland. Located strategically near the heart of Auckland’s central business district, CityLife is a leisurely walk away from the city’s top restaurants and bars. It’s also a great location to call home for travelers who are eager to explore top landmarks and attractions such as the Sky Tower, the Viaduct Harbour, or the Ferry Terminal. Guests at CityLife are welcome to choose between one to three-bedroom suites or can even indulge in the luxury of the Penthouse Suite. Though the city itself already has tons of spots to visit in terms of mouthwatering food, you won’t want to miss out on the hotel’s in-house bar, the Zest Bar, which has won its own fair share of awards.
171 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1010, Phone: 649-379-9222
11.Novotel Auckland Airport
© Novotel Auckland Airport
The perfect hotel for travelers who are popping in and out of Auckland on short trips, the Novotel Auckland Airport has a strategic position next to the international terminal. It’s this superb location that ensures the seamless and stress free arrival and departure for visiting guests. Just because it’s an airport hotel doesn’t mean that the Novotel skimps on luxuries, however. One of the best things about the hotel is its super breakfast service. Meanwhile, efficient staff makes the entire process of checking in a breeze. The Novotel also features stylish and functional rooms that are comfortable and suitable for short trips or long lay-overs. If you’re in town for business, the Novotel still serves as a great option since it’s just a 30-minute drive to the central business district as well as landmarks like the Waitemata Harbour and Viaduct.
Auckland International Airport, Ray Emery Drive, 2022 Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-257-7200
© Quest Newmarket
Just because you’re staying in a serviced apartment doesn’t mean you have to give up the things that make a hotel great. At Quest Newmarket, you can stay at apartments that aren’t just stylish, but also offer the luxury that a top hotel is capable of providing. Much like living in a home of your own, the Quest Newmarket offers 49 serviced apartments from studio apartments to one, two and three bedroom apartments. It’s ideal for families, large groups or even colleagues traveling together for business. Quest Newmarket is nearby the Auckland CBD and iconic attractions such as the Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo, Eden Park and the Auckland Museum.
31 – 39 David Crescent, New Market, North Island 1023, New Zealand, Phone: 649-520-3000
13.VR Takapuna Hotel
© VR Takapuna Hotel
If you’re looking for something unique, special or different in your Auckland accommodation, VR Takapuna Hotel may be exactly what you’re looking for. Formerly known as the Auckland Takapuna Oaks, the VR hotel offers a 5-star luxury experience by the sea thanks to its gorgeous oceanside location between Bayswater and Takapuna. The hotel offers 34 lavish serviced apartments complete with modern kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, as well as special touches like an iPod dock, DVD player and high-speed internet. Guests are welcome to enjoy the hotel’s exclusive and stunning club lounge which boasts of unbeatable views of the Auckland Harbour or explore the CBD area with a complimentary ferry ride.
1 Beresford Street, Bayswater, Auckland 0622, New Zealand, Phone: 649-445-7100
14.Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel
© Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel
Enjoy the comforts of a 4.5-star accommodation at the Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel. This modern self-serviced apartment features beautifully and modernly designed apartments that are full of modern conveniences while still offering peace and privacy. Kitchenettes inside the apartments allow guests to self-cater, especially 24-hour supermarket located just a few minutes’ walk away. Also within walking distance to the Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel is the Britomart Entertainment precinct and the Transporation Hub, which makes travel around the city convenient. Visitors may choose between one and two bedroom variants, or indulge in the Emily Suite Penthouse Apartment for an incredibly luxurious experience.
19-23 Anzac Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand 1010, Phone: 649-337-5300
15.Crowne Plaza Auckland
© Crowne Plaza Auckland
Are you in Auckland for business? Are you stopping by for pleasure? No matter what, the Crowne Plaza Auckland is eager to place and does so with flair from within its popular and well-appointed hotel. The hotel is home to 352 superior rooms as well as deluxe rooms, club rooms and suites. Meanwhile, all guests are welcome to enjoy complimentary access to the Club Lounge, which has a reputation for spectacular and breathtaking views of the Auckland Harbor. As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel also offers a complimentary continental breakfast to its guests, canapes and evening drinks. For travelers who have yet to explore the attractions in Auckland, the Crowne Plaza is conveniently located nearby landmarks like the Sky Tower, the Civic Theatre, the Aotea Center, and even the Elliot Stables and Queen Street.
128 Albert Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-302-2111
© Heritage Auckland
It doesn’t matter how long you’re staying in Auckland or what your purpose is when you’re staying at the Heritage Auckland. Your home away from home, the Heritage boasts of history and prestige, all packed into their modern accommodations within the iconic Farmers department store building. There are rooms for every need and every budget at the Heritage, while the hotel facilities feature wonderful luxuries. For example, guests are welcome to get their sweat on at the gym or while playing some tennis in the floodlit court. Others may want to unwind after a day of exploring at the hotel’s outdoor rooftop swimming pool. Foodies staying at the Heritage can also check out Hector’s Restaurant, the onsite hotel that is charmingly located directly under a canopy of palms within a breathtaking seven-story atrium.
35 Hobson Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-379-8553
17.Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
© Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
Book a stay in a bright and contemporary room with tons of space and room to breathe at the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie. Rooms have comfortable living spaces and a great amount of area to work in, especially of business travelers who need to get some last minute work done before heading out. Apart from their comfortable and lovely appointed rooms, the Novotel Auckland also offers its guests access to a fully-equipped fitness center, great dining with indoor and al fresco seating care of the Acacia Restaurant, as well as access to a tranquil and relaxing garden. Make sure to squeeze in some time to see the Auckland Harbour, the Ms. Smart Stadium, and the Victor Arena, all of which are just a short drive away from the Novotel Auckland Ellerslie.
72-112 Green Lane East Ellerslie 1051, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-529-9090
18.Grand Millennium Auckland
© Grand Millennium Auckland
Situated in the heart of the city right by Queen Street and the Viaduct harbor, is the Grand Millenium Auckland. Regardless of your purpose for travel, the Grand Millenium Auckland is a great base of operations while in town because it is situated right at the heart of the city’s cosmopolitan action. At the Grand Millenium, guests can stay at one of 452 stunning rooms which combine smart design with chic interiors. Floor to ceiling windows in the rooms also make sure that guests get a great dose of vitamin sun throughout the day. Feeling hungry? Feast on in-house offerings like delicious teppanyaki at Katsura, international cuisine at the Brasserie, or a great drink at the Atrium Lounge.
71 Mayoral Drive corner Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-366-3000
© Rydges Auckland
Are you traveling to Auckland on business? Planning a conference in town? The Rydges Auckland is a great option as its perfectly put together for business professionals coming to town. Rydges offers first class accommodations through 267 urban rooms and steals the show with its state of the art conference facility which comfortably hosts 240 delegates. The audio and visual equipment is just what a conference requires, while high-speed internet access makes sure that all guests are covered throughout the duration of their stay. When you’re not taking care of business, try taking a walk to see the Viaduct Harbor, which is home to fantastic shopping and dining options.
59 Federal Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-375-5900
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What more could a first-time visitor ask for than to stay at a hotel right in the middle of Auckland’s most iconic area – the SkyCity. At the SkyCity Hotel, genuine hospitality truly shines, and every day brings a new opportunity to enjoy exceptional experiences. Guest suites at the SkyCity Hotel feature modern and spacious rooms and bathrooms. Meanwhile, business men and other travelers alike are bound to appreciate the free guest internet which has no data cap or time limit. Try heading to the hotel’s East Day Spa for some pampering and relaxation if your body needs to rest, or head to the SkyCity Casino to try your luck. Guests can also dine at over 20 magnificent restaurant and bars that are just around the corner.
90 Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-363-6000
21.The Sebel Auckalnd Viaduct Harbour
© The Sebel Auckalnd Viaduct Harbour
With exceptional beauty right by the water’s edge in Auckland, there’s no surprise that accommodations near or at the Viaduct Harbor are some of the most sought after in the city. At the Sebel Auckland, guests are treated to apartment style living that merges seamlessly with 4.5-star hotel experiences. Rooms at the Sebel overlook the grand yachts and water vessels moored peacefully at the harbor, and make a great view to wake up to in the morning. Unsurprisingly, the Sebel is also a great base of operations if you want to explore the rest of the city’s offerings thanks to the nearby Britomart Rail Station and ferries. Guest who have some spare time can also hit the nearby Farmer’s Market, shop at great boutiques or simply enjoy the sunset view from within the comforts of their apartment.
85 – 89 Customs Street West, Auckland 010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-978-4000
22.The Spencer on Byron Hotel
© The Spencer on Byron Hotel
Book a stay at the spacious accommodations and modern leisure facilities of The Spencer on Byron Hotel for a vacation that you won’t easily forget. Featuring 150 guest rooms, with either studio or one-bedroom configurations, The Spencer or Byron Hotel readily serves all kinds of travelers. Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf, the Auckland Harbor, and the Rangitoto Island from their suites when booking at a higher level. Meanwhile, those who prefer to stay on lower levels can opt for a room that opens out directly onto the courtyard that is found alongside the hotel’s tennis court. The Spencer isn’t short on great facilities either as they have a 20-meter outdoor heated pool to lap in, a spa pool to soak in, and a gym to give your body a great workout.
9 – 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-916-6111
23.Waldorf Street Martin’s Apartment Hotel
© Waldorf Street Martin’s Apartment Hotel
With 133 self-contained and fully furnished apartment style accommodations spanning across 8 lovely levels, the Waldorf Street Martin’s Apartment Hotel is a lovely place to stay for visitors from all over the world. Apartments at the Waldorf Street Martin’s feature fully equipped kitchen facilities, and also offer free WiFi, LCD TVs, weekly housekeeping and air conditioning, to ensure that no needs go unmet. Visitors are invited to stop by the breakfast room to tuck into a fantastic continental breakfast. Weekends are particularly exceptional at the Waldorf, because this is when the kitchen busts out their famous pancake machine to serve alongside a wide selection of bread, cereals and fruits. Want an insider tip? Book an apartment above the fourth level to enjoy a private balcony and spectacular views.
6 – 12 Martis Lane, Grafton Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: 649-929-2000
24.Auckland Harbour Oaks
Eager to stay in an apartment style hotel with amazing views of Auckland? You don’t have to look any further than the Auckland Harbour Oaks. The hotel has 150 rooms from which guests are treated to unbeatable views of the Waitemata Harbor and Auckland’s eye-catching skyline. At 37-storey’s high, the Auckland Harbour Oaks offers deluxe queen studios as well as one and two bedroom apartments to guests. Great kitchen and laundry facilities are accessible in every room making this 4-star self-serviced accommodation a treat for any kind of traveler. Those staying at the Auckland Harbour Oaks are treated to free use of their onsite gymnasium as well as their outdoor heated pool.
16 Gore Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, Phone: 649-909-9999
24 Best Auckland Hotels
- Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor, Photo: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbor
- Delamore Lodge, Photo: Delamore Lodge
- Hotel DeBrett, Photo: Hotel DeBrett
- Mollies Boutique Hotel, Photo: Mollies Boutique Hotel
- Skycity Grand Hotel, Photo: ablokhin/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Auckland, Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/stock.adobe.com
- Cordis by The Langham, Photo: Cordis by The Langham
- Pullman Auckland, Photo: Pullman Auckland
- Stamford Plaza Auckland, Photo: Stamford Plaza Auckland
- CityLife Auckland, Photo: CityLife Auckland
- Novotel Auckland Airport, Photo: Novotel Auckland Airport
- Quest Newmarket, Photo: Quest Newmarket
- VR Takapuna Hotel, Photo: VR Takapuna Hotel
- Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Photo: Celestion Waldorf Apartment Hotel
- Crowne Plaza Auckland, Photo: Crowne Plaza Auckland
- Heritage Auckland, Photo: Heritage Auckland
- Novotel Auckland Ellerslie, Photo: Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
- Grand Millennium Auckland, Photo: Grand Millennium Auckland
- Rydges Auckland, Photo: Rydges Auckland
- Skycity Hotel, Photo: Andrea Izzotti/stock.adobe.com
- The Sebel Auckalnd Viaduct Harbour, Photo: The Sebel Auckalnd Viaduct Harbour
- The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Photo: The Spencer on Byron Hotel
- Waldorf Street Martin’s Apartment Hotel, Photo: Waldorf Street Martin’s Apartment Hotel
- Auckland Harbour Oaks, Photo: anyaberkut/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Zarnell/stock.adobe.com