New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland offers a range of accommodation, from the convenience of airport motels to inner city luxury hotels, for before or after your campervan rental. Here are some of our recommendations for pre- and post-trip accommodation in four different areas of the city.
Auckland accommodation: city centre
First of all: the city centre. If you don’t mind the noise of the city centre, and if you like to be within easy walking distance of the shops, restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, cafés, art galleries, markets, etc., find yourself some accommodation in downtown Auckland (for example the Crowne Plaza). The city centre is located on the southern shores of the Waitemata Harbour, which means you can find hotel rooms with stunning views, and easy access to seaside walks and restaurants.
Auckland accommodation: Parnell
Second, for those who prefer a little more peace and quiet, a hotel or b&b in Parnell (like the Ascot Parnell) is a good choice. Parnell is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs. Many of the old houses and shops of Parnell have been restored and it now is a very stylish area. Here you’ll find many good and trendy restaurants (for every budget) as well as nice arts & crafts shops. Besides, it’s still very close to the city centre and its attractions (only a few minutes by bus or a 15-minute walk).
Auckland accommodation: Devonport or Takapuna
Last but not least, the seaside villages of Devonport and Takapuna are a really nice place to stay when exploring Auckland. They are both situated on the North Shore. Devonport is, like Parnell, one of the oldest suburbs of Auckland. It too has beautifully restored old homes, a wide choice of restaurants, cafés, bookshops and small galleries, and some beaches. And again you’re still very close to Aucklands city centre: the Devonport ferry will take you to the Ferry Building in downtown Auckland in about 15 minutes. Takapuna is about 5-10 minutes by bus from Devonport, or 15-20 minutes from the CBD by bus, depending on the traffic. It has a safe beach with views of Auckland and Rangitoto Island.The Emerald Inn in Takapuna is located close to this beach and the town centre with its shops and cafés.
Auckland accommodation: Airport
If you have limited time or you’ve already seen Auckland city, you may prefer to stay near the airport. There are several accommodation options in the area. Our picks are the 4.5 star Sudima Hotel Jet Park or the recently-opened Novotel, located right at the airport’s front door. If you’re on a budget, try the BellaVista Express Hotel, Auckland Airport Lodge or BKs Pioneer Motor Lodge (Best Western). Most airport hotels and motels operate a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
- Check out the Auckland map to look up the location of your accommodation.
- Try RatesToGo or Wotif for last minute deals.
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