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The Best Areas to Stay in Auckland for Any Budget

Wondering which neighbourhood is best for you? Read on ...

Auckland is a sprawling city with numerous suburbs that you could stay in. Many people assume that the best place to stay is in the centre of the city which includes Queen Street and the surrounding area. However, beachside suburbs like Mission Bay, or hipster areas like Ponsonby offer good quality accommodation in interesting surroundings.

Inner suburbs are within 20 minutes of the CBD by public transport and sometimes that distance can even be walked. From Auckland Airport, the Skybus takes 60 minutes to arrive at the CBD. The city centre has direct train routes out west to Swanson, south to Onehunga and Papakura and south east through Panmure to Manukau.

A few options are available in the outer suburbs, particularly motels. A car can be useful outside of the CBD – outside the city centre parking is usually free and, since most public transport between the suburbs requires a trip into and then out from the city centre, a car is usually much quicker. The trip into the city to see things will be a bit longer though, up to an hour if you're staying a long way out. Consider carefully what the public transport options are when you stay in the outer suburbs. It's not ideal to have to drive into the city for the day, since parking can be expensive.

Price Snapshot for Auckland, New Zealand

$33 - $84

Budget range (bottom 25%)

$119

Average price (in USD)

$163+

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What are these prices?

We analysed all the minimum prices for accommodation in Auckland. The prices are for the cheapest room / bed available for a one night's stay. Prices are shown in US Dollars. The chart gives an idea of what accommodation price distribution is like in Auckland. You can use it to work out what is considered cheap for Auckland and what is considered expensive.

Auckland CBD

Auckland CBD

Auckland CBD – 20 kilometres north of Auckland International Airport and with a central bus and train terminus at Britomart and 200 metres away a central ferry terminus on Quay Street, the CDB is the most popular area to stay in Auckland. Within walking distance are the Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour and the Wyndham Quarter, Spark Arena (indoor music venue and sports arena), Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Domain, Queen Street and Albert Park.

Buses and trains to all the suburbs leave from Britomart and ferries travel back and forth across the harbour to Devonport (12 minutes) on the North Shore, to Waiheke Island (40 minutes) and to the birdwatchers paradise of Tiritiri Matangi Island (75 minutes). A short bus-ride away are Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Orakei (6km), Auckland Zoo and MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) in Western Springs (7km), Eden Park (5km), ASB Showgrounds in Epsom (8km)

Popular accommodation in Auckland CBD

196-200 Quay Street

M Social Auckland

58-60 Queen Street

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel

95 Customs Street West / 145 Quay Street

CBD Viaduct Harbour Resort

More options in and around Auckland CBD

Mission Bay/St Helliers/Kohimarama

23 minutes from the CBD by bus (8 km) are the city beaches of Mission Bay, St Helliers and Kohimarama with views across the sea to the Rangitoti volcano 7km out in the middle of the gulf. All three suburbs have a selection of cafes and bars and are very popular with Aucklanders.

Popular accommodation in Mission Bay/St Helliers/Kohimarama

36 Te Arawa Street

City and sea view at mission bay

9 Patteson Avenue

Mission Bay Apartments

9 Atkin Avenue MISSION BAY

Cozy Spacious Villa 100m to the beach

More options in and around Mission Bay/St Helliers/Kohimarama

Out West

The wild west coast black beaches of Piha, Karekare, Bethell’s and Muriwai are a paradise for surfers but extremely dangerous – so much so that Piha Rescue, a reality TV show about the Piha Surf Life Saving Club, was filmed there from 2001 to 2017. There’s a famous gannet colony at Muriwai and the Oscar-nominated The Piano was filmed at Karekare in 1993. These west coast beaches are about 40km west of the city centre and are not served by public transport. The nearest city suburb is Henderson.

Popular accommodation in Out West

105c Piha Road

Romantic Piha

62 Waitea Road

Exclusive Sanctuary on the West Coast

333 Motutara Road Muriwai Beach

Coast Retreat Muriwai - Walk to the Beach!

More options in and around Out West

North Shore

The city beaches of Cheltenham in Devonport, Takapuna, Brown’s Bay and Mairangi Bay all lie on Auckland’s North Shore. Buses from Britomart cross the Harbour Bridge and serve the communities along the east coast up to Orewa and the Whangaparoa Peninsula, home of the famous Gulf Harbour Golf Course. Ferries from the CBD also sail to Gulf Harbour.

Attractions in North Shore

Popular accommodation in North Shore

1B Lake Pupuke Drive

Takapuna International Motor Lodge

1 Beresford Street, Bayswater

VR Takapuna

9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna

The Spencer on Byron Hotel

More options in and around North Shore

Ponsonby

Just 2km west of the CBD, Ponsonby is home to trendy eateries, stylish boutique shops and several independent bookshops. There are some upmarket gastropubs, seafood bistros, small galleries and exclusive nightclubs.

Popular accommodation in Ponsonby

57 Jervois Road, Herne Bay

Abaco on Jervois

229 Ponsonby Road

Ponsonby Manor Guest House

30 Ponsonby Terrace

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel

More options in and around Ponsonby

Newmarket

4km from the CBD (17 minutes by bus/train), Newmarket is an up-market shopping district with fashion boutiques, shoe stores, mid- and high-end restaurants, tapas bars and bistros along with one or two small galleries.

Attractions in Newmarket

Popular accommodation in Newmarket

14 Edgerley Avenue

The Edgerley Suites

15-17 Alpers ave Epsom

Boulevard Hotel

16 Alpers Avenue, Newmarket

Alpers Lodge & Conference Centre

More options in and around Newmarket

Mt Eden

Home of the tallest dormant volcano in mainland Auckland with great views over the city to Rangitoto out in the gulf, Mt Eden Village is 5km south of the CBD (20 minutes by bus). It has several good bars and restaurants, excellent coffee, the Dominion Road ‘Chinatown’ and the Auckland home of the New Zealand All Blacks, Eden Park. The Powerstation is a small music venue.

Popular accommodation in Mt Eden

83 Valley Road

Bavaria Bed & Breakfast Hotel

23 Edwin Street 213

Luxury Mt Eden Apartment with Spectacular Views

36 Sandringham Road, Mt Eden

ASURE At Eden Park

More options in and around Mt Eden

Ellerslie-Greenlane, Epsom

7km from the CBD, is the Greenlane area, known for the trotting course at Alexandra Park, the ASB Showgrounds, Cornwall Park and Ellerslie Racecourse. And probably the closest commercial suburb to Mt Smart for Rugby League and outdoor music shows.

Popular accommodation in Ellerslie-Greenlane, Epsom

159 Great South Road, Greenlane

Royal Park Lodge

149 Great South Road, Greenlane

Greenlane Suites

234 Green Lane West, Epsom

Knights Inn

More options in and around Ellerslie-Greenlane, Epsom

Manukau

Manukau is close to the airport and is home to the amusement park Rainbow’s End

Popular accommodation in Manukau

16 Lakewood Court Manukau

The Sebel Auckland Manukau

17 Amersham Way

Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport

17 Putney Way, Manukau Central, Auckland

MCentral Apartments Manukau

More options in and around Manukau

Pukekohe

Pukekohe has the Pukekohe Park Raceway for V8 and other motorsports

Popular accommodation in Pukekohe

151 Edinburgh Street

Aveda Motor Lodge

12 Paerata Road

Pukekohe Motel

146 Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe

Touchwood Motor Lodge

More options in and around Pukekohe

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is home to several boutique vineyards and wineries [In November 2015, Waiheke Island was rated the fifth-best region in the world to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet].

Popular accommodation in Waiheke Island

232 Waiheke Road Onetangi Waiheke Island

Nikau Apartments Waiheke Island

18 Tawa Street, Waiheke Island

Wild Thyme

26 Frank Street

Ted's Cottage

More options in and around Waiheke Island

23 Rawene Road Birkenhead

FERNZ Motel & Apartments Birkenhead

196-200 Quay Street

M Social Auckland

14 Edgerley Avenue

The Edgerley Suites

58-60 Queen Street

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel

95 Customs Street West / 145 Quay Street

CBD Viaduct Harbour Resort

71 Mayoral Dr, Cnr Vincent St

Grand Millennium Auckland

Victoria Street 206 Western Auckland

Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Auckland

16 Lakewood Court Manukau

The Sebel Auckland Manukau

92-102 Gladstone Road, Parnell

Auckland Rose Park Hotel

40 Rosedale Road

Leroy Suites Albany

30B Swanson Street

Star Park Serviced Apartments

17 Amersham Way

Proximity Apartments Manukau / Auckland Airport

22-26 Albert Street

Stamford Plaza Auckland

15-17 Alpers ave Epsom

Boulevard Hotel

20 Pakenham Street East

Latitude 37

Budget Option

1B Lake Pupuke Drive

Takapuna International Motor Lodge

90 Federal Street

SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland

83 Symonds Street

Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group