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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Auckland city is in a great location but the roads just can't cope with the volume of traffic these days. Wonderful beaches, great boating, lovely parks and reserves.
Ken
Australia
12 February 2017
8
Very good
Auckland is ideal for starting or finishing a holiday with perhaps a two day stay. The hills may prove a problem for the less ambulant but with a bit of determination are negotiable - ask me !! Good shopping and quayside facilities.
Robert
United Kingdom
12 February 2017
10
Exceptional
awesome city, so much to offer, tours cafes entertainment, awesome views and variety of things to do
Julie
Australia
12 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Great location nice restaurants transportation manukau was lovely proximity apartments made out stay perfect no down fall at all
Ruth
New Zealand
12 February 2017
6
Review score
Didnt have time to do anything. Up one day left very early the next morning via airport
Susan
New Zealand
12 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Auckland

Stamford Plaza Auckland

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 2,727 reviews

£164

Average price per night
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Grand Millennium Auckland

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 4,246 reviews

£137

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Jet Park Airport Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 4,084 reviews

£98

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

9 Superb

Score from 2,927 reviews

£173

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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Rydges Auckland

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,334 reviews

£130

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  • “location was great”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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The Langham Auckland

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 2,815 reviews

£109

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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  • “great pool area”
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Pullman Auckland

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 1,062 reviews

£122

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Crowne Plaza Auckland

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1,840 reviews

£164

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  • “location was great”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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Auckland Rose Park Hotel

7.6 Good

Score from 1,316 reviews

£83

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Auckland

Popular neighbourhoods in Auckland

Auckland Central Business District

143 properties

From within, Auckland’s CBD holds a clutch of mini-districts. Cool kids head to Britomart and High Street to shop: try Pauanesia for “Kiwiana” and Untouched World for sustainable clothes. Try open-air dining at the family-friendly Eliot Stables, or see Māori and Polynesian art at the Auckland Art Gallery (dazzling after its $100m refit!).

North Shore

73 properties

Say “sure” to the shore! Every suburb has its own flavour – Albany with its vibrant South African community, Takapuna for beaches and café culture, Devonport for historical hoity-toity (and its haunting WWII barracks), and Greenhithe for solitude amid the evergreens. For an afternoon of swimming and barbecuing, head further north to Long Bay.

Manukau

58 properties

Manukau takes some flack for its urban grit – but that’s only half the story. Each suburb teems with openness and warmth. For proof, visit Otara Markets on Saturday for Pacific street-food and bootleg beats, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Manukau for slick shop-stops, or Manurewa’s Botanical Gardens for a theatre of NZ’s diverse flora and fauna.

Viaduct Harbour

26 properties

This downtown dive has transformed itself from “blah” to “hurrah”! Auckland’s powers-that-be pumped money into developing this former no-go zone, building it up for the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup yacht race. Today, the Viaduct and adjacent Wynyard Quarter are shrines to top-class dining, trendy bars and cool clubs.

Waitakere

20 properties

West Auckland is vast and huge, but there are three must-dos: take the easy Omanawanui Track, a half-day adventure through native rainforest; have a flat white in the hippie enclave of Titirangi, a tiny township with links to vineyards (try Artisan in Henderson); plus unspoiled Piha Beach – for experienced surfers, runners, trekkers and loafers.

Auckland Airport Area

19 properties

Though this area typically bustles with cargo companies, you can find little pockets of peace. After touch down, unwind among the vines of Villa Maria winery, or tee off at the 18-hole Aviation Golf Club. At Mangere Markets, pick up the pace amid a medley of languages and Pacific cultures, then strike thrill-ride gold at Rainbow’s End Theme Park.

Britomart

18 properties

In this historic area-turned-transport hub, the grand façade of the old Post Office links the past to the vibrant present. Today, Britomart’s glut of shiny office blocks, haute diners and swish bars represent “New Auckland” – outwardly focused, chic and quirkily irrepressible. Don’t miss a chance to chow at Dogmatic, an A+ gourmet hotdog stand!

Queen Street

16 properties

Stomping ground of students and nine-to-fivers. See the key bits – The Civic – one of the world’s last surviving “Atmospheric Cinemas”; Albert Park, with students from the 2 inner-city uni’s swotting beneath the oak trees, Aotea Square for frequent festivals, or just shop till the credit stops at the hipster haunts around Vulcan Lane and High Street.

Parnell

11 properties

Parnell, rise. Having thrown off its stuffy image of late, this moneyed city-fringe suburb is flooded with techie start-ups and boutiques. Go to Parnell Rise (the main strip) on Friday night to dine and mingle with Auckland’s young movers-and-shakers – try Mink for café cool, Cibo for designer desserts or Non Solo Pizza for the best slice in town!

Local tips for Auckland

Takutai Square
Cayla by Cayla

Born and raised in Auckland, Cayla loves the city's beaches and great range of restaurants.

A green oasis in the heart of a concrete jungle, Takutai Square is a great spot to slow down and relax. In summer the lawn is dotted with beanbags, perfect for basking in the sun. The space also hosts live music and open-air cinema nights.

Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tom by Tom

Tom is originally from Auckland and loves to go island-hopping in the Auckland Harbour!

Auckland Habour is full of islands, but this is the prettiest. I love coming here with friends - it's pristine, quiet, full of lush native vegetation like kōwhai and pōhutukawa trees. Pack a picnic for a full day of walking, hiking and loafing around.

  • Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland
  • www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz
  • Ferry services run Wednesday-Sunday from 09:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Odyssey Sensory Maze
Jaden by Jaden

Jaden has a unique Maori/Finnish background, and enjoys the vibrant Auckland nightlife.

There’s only one word to describe Odyssey Sensory Maze…amazing, of course! This unique adventure is designed to let your senses guide you. Each section presents a new challenge, with lights, sounds, scents and obstacles to tackle. Take a group of friends for the ultimate fun!

  • Lower Basement, Metro Centre, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • odysseysensorymaze.co.nz
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00.
Rangitoto island
Evgenia by Evgenia

Hailing from Russia, Evgenia has spent the last 7 years enjoying the great outdoors in NZ!

If you’ve got a spare half day and a pair of walking shoes, Rangitoto Island is calling your name! This volcanic island is home to lava caves and stunning coastline, as well as killer views of the city and Waitemata Harbour. Just remember to take food and drink – there are no shops here.

  • Rangitoto Island, Auckland
  • www.rangitoto.org
  • Ferry services run Monday-Friday 09:15-17:00, Saturday-Sunday 07:30-17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
La Cigale French Market
Tarun by Tarun

Avid watch collector Tarun grew up in New Zealand, and can't say no to fresh market produce.

Follow your nose to the scent of freshly baked baguettes and you’ll find yourself at La Cigale French Market. Held in Parnell, this weekend farmers’ market has stalls stocked full of delicious produce, including French cheeses, fresh fruit and homemade preserves.

  • 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell 1052
  • www.lacigale.co.nz
  • Open Saturday 08:00-13:30, Sunday 09:00-13:30.
Ferry to Devonport
Rachelle by Rachelle

Beautiful beaches and a diverse café scene are Rachelle’s favourite parts about the city!

There’s nothing better to do on a sunny day than to hop on the ferry to Devonport. Just a short trip across the Waitemata Harbour, this quaint suburb is brimming with cafés and boutiques. Grab an ice cream cone and walk up to North Head for a gorgeous city view.

Auckland Night Markets
David by David

After moving from the Netherlands, keen photographer David fell in love with Auckland’s food!

When dusk falls, the city ignites with its exciting night markets. Held in different locations from Tuesday to Sunday, the markets have a lively atmosphere and plenty of bargains! Take your taste buds on a journey of international cuisine, or tuck into some fresh green-lipped mussels.

  • Westfield Pakuranga 2, Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga 2010
  • www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 18:00-00:00. Check website for details.
Matakana wine region
Bernadette by Bernadette

When she’s not sipping a glass of wine, New Zealander Bernadette is moving to hip hop yoga.

Aucklanders love a good road trip to get out of town, and we’re lucky to live near some of the best beaches and most picturesque countryside in the country. Hire a car and drive north to the Matakana wine region. Rows of beautiful vineyards and bottles of premium wine await you!

Piha Beach
Jacinda by Jacinda

After 11 years in Auckland, Jacinda is still in awe of the natural beauty that frames the city.

Black sand, rugged cliffs and wild waves make Piha Beach an unforgettable place. Head west from Auckland to discover this place of dramatic beauty, where you can take surfing lessons or even go abseiling down the Piha canyon. A popular summertime spot for locals.

Mission Bay
Matilda by Matilda

Arty Matilda loves immersing herself in the galleries, movies and opera Auckland offers.

If a white sandy beach and bustling promenade dotted with laidback eateries sounds like your kind of place, then take the drive to Mission Bay! Paddle a kayak, enjoy a dip in the ocean or lay out a picnic on the grass to share with family or friends for ultimate relaxation.

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Recommendations for Auckland

Queen Street is very busy, the rest of the streets aren't too bad except in the premium drive time hours, 5 - 6 PM. The city is very hilly, so be prepared for steep walks up and down. If it's really busy, look for a local park to relax for a bit and then set out again - great parks tucked in all over, with Albert Park being in the City center.

Every suburb gives you a different shopping experience Auckland Central has the classics Country Road Max Body Shops New Market has boutiques designer stores Parnell is a mix of old and vibrant Onehunga has Dress Mart bustly Devonport has a real beach feel great cafes and bars and cute stores

Since the wonderful museums were all over town, the On/Off Bus was a great investment, and their commentary on the sites we didn't have time for was excellent information. Fun town to visit. Wish I had more time.

For me, Maori Museums. For my Kids, Butterfly Creek and Animal Encounter + Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium.

wide variety of vintage and new; designer and off the rack Britomart precinct has everything!

They all have time to chat and are very helpful and willing to assist.

Pakuranga Carpark Market

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Transport

Auckland transport

Air - Auckland Airport

The fastest connection from Auckland Airport to the city centre is by taxi: the 30-minute journey will set you back NZD 60–90. A cheaper option is the Airbus Express: NZD 16 (NZD 6 for kids; one-way) will get you to the city centre in around an hour. The 24-hour service runs every 10–15 minutes by day and every 20–30 minutes by night. Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine, online or on board (cash only). Shuttle buses and rental cars can also be arranged at the airport or in advance.

Train

Britomart Transport Centre is the city’s main train station, with services running to the east, south, west and to Onehunga. Newmarket is the second major station. Trains operate between 06:00–00:00, running every 15–30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at all stations, and range in price from NZD 2 to NZD 5. You can also load money onto an AT HOP card which can be used on all Auckland Transport train, bus and ferry services.

Bus

Auckland has an extensive bus network, with Britomart Transport Centre as the main hub. The City Link (red bus) serves the city centre, running every 10 minutes from 07:00–23:20. Tickets can be purchased at stations for NZD 1 (NZD 0.50 for kids), or you can use a pre-loaded AT HOP card. For travel to outer suburbs, use the Inner LINK bus: tickets are NZD 2.50 (NZD 1.50 for kids) each way.

Taxi

Taxis in Auckland are efficient, but expensive in comparison to the reliable public transport network. They can be hailed or pre-booked, and prices vary by taxi company – rates are displayed on the side of the vehicle and online. Air New Zealand Taxi and Airport Transfers allows you to pre-book taxis for a fixed fare.

Ferry

Ferries are a great way to explore Auckland’s surrounding islands, including Waiheke, Rangitoto and Devonport. Tickets can be purchased at terminals, with prices starting at NZD 6. You can also use a pre-loaded AT HOP card. The Auckland Ferry Terminal is where most major services depart.

Car

If you plan to travel outside the city, the north, south and north-west motorways are the main routes. Driving is on the left-hand side and rush hour is between 07:00–09:00 and 16:00–20:00. There are park-and-ride facilities at train stations, while parking in suburban areas is usually free. City centre spaces can be limited and hourly prices range from NZD 16 to NZD 24. Downtown Carpark offers weekend rates as low as NZD 2 per hour and a maximum of NZD 10 per day.

Food in Auckland

Top restaurants in Auckland

Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Atrium on Elliott Foodcourt
High-end dining
European
Orbit 360 Restaurant
Good value
Grill
Tony's Wellesley Street
High-end dining
Seafood
Depot Eatery
Cheap 'n' tasty
Turkish
Cafe Midnight Express
Good value
Italian
Little Italy
  • 43 Victoria Street West, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Sunday 17:30-23:00
  • 0064 9 379 5813
Good value
Thai
Bangkok Restaurant & Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Spitting Feathers
  • 16 Wyndham Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Sunday-Monday 12:00-23:00, Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00-23:00, Thursday-Friday 11:00-00:30, Saturday 12:00-00:30
  • 0064 9 366 0254
Cheap 'n' tasty
Japanese
The Don
  • Canterbury Arcade, Mezzanine Floor, 47 High Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday 10:00-00:00, Tuesday-Friday 11:00-00:00, Saturday 11:30-00:00
  • 0064 9 379 2834
Cheap 'n' tasty
Chinese
No 1 Dumpling House
  • 5/50 High Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Saturday 11:00-20:30
  • 0064 9 368 1616
Good value
Chinese
China Cafe
  • 155A Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday-Sunday 11:00-21:00
  • 0064 9 801 6013
Cheap 'n' tasty
Chinese
Sushi Pac
  • National Bank Building, Shop 3A, 209 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:30-17:00
  • 0064 9 362 0435
Cheap 'n' tasty
Portuguese
Nandos Queen Street
  • 328 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 10:00-22:00, Wednesday 10:00-23:00, Thursday-Friday 10:00-23:30, Saturday 11:00-23:00, Sunday 11:00-22:00
  • www.nandos.co.nz
  • 0064 9 337 9588
Good value
Desserts
Giapo
Good value
Gourmet
The Food Truck Garage
High-end dining
European
The Occidental
Good value
Bar bites
Citizen Q
  • 305 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday 08:00-17:30, Tuesday 08:00-22:00, Saturday-Sunday changes seasonally. Check website for details
  • www.qtheatre.co.nz
  • 0064 9 282 4402
Cheap 'n' tasty
Tex-mex
Mad Mex
Cheap 'n' tasty
Gourmet
The White Lady
  • 18 Commerce Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Sunday 00:00-00:00
  • 0064 9 379 5803
Good value
Japanese
Tanuki's Cave
  • 319B Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Sunday-Tuesday 17:00-23:00, Wednesday 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-23:00, Thursday-Friday 17:00-23:00, Saturday 17:00-23:30
  • 0064 9 379 5151
Good value
Japanese
Sharaku
Good value
European
Everybodys
Cheap 'n' tasty
Korean
Kang Nam Station
  • 329 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Thursday 10:00-01:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-02:00, Sunday 16:00-01:00
  • 0064 9 309 1588
High-end dining
Indian
Monsoon Poon
  • Downtown Carpark Ground Floor, 11-27 Customs Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-22:00, Friday 11:00-23:00, Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday 17:00-22:00
  • www.monsoonpoon.co.nz
  • 0064 9 379 9311
Cheap 'n' tasty
Thai
Zap 4 Esan Thai Cuisine
  • 10 Commerce Street, Auckland 1010
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-21:00
  • 0064 9 379 5902
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