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Where to Stay in Auckland
Auckland's urban region spans a large portion of land and two bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Throughout this metropolitan area, you will find a wide assortment of lodging options, from large international hotel chains to small up-scale boutiques to quaint bed and breakfasts. If you're traveling for business or want to be in the center of town, stay in Auckland's Central Business District. This commercial heart of the city is home to the majority of Auckland's high-rise hotels and luxury boutiques. If you're looking for a more intimate stay, consider one of the many inns or bed and breakfasts located in the suburb of Devonport. Located on the end of a peninsula on the North Shore, Devonport is a charming harbor town popular among boaters. It's easily accessible from Auckland via ferry. There are also a number of hotels near the Viaduct Basin, a popular nightlife spot that features a number of upscale restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Auckland Hotel Tips
Because Auckland is located in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are the opposite of those in the U.S. The warmest months and the city's peak tourist season lasts from December through April. During this time, temperatures reach the low 70s, and the beaches see an influx of visitors. If you're planning your trip for this season, search for affordable hotel rates in advance because accommodations can fill up fast. July through October is Auckland's winter. Although the temperatures aren't too uncomfortable, with lows in the 40s, the wintertime does see a large amount of rain. However, this is the perfect time to find cheap flights to Auckland and the best hotel rates. Plus, even if the weather is uncooperative, New Zealand has a tremendous amount of indoor attractions to entertain you throughout your trip.
Auckland Hotel Recommendations
From luxury high-rise hotels to family-owned B&Bs, Auckland offers an interesting mix of accommodations.
For the height of opulence, book reservations at the five-star SKYCITY Grand Hotel. With its central location in the middle of Auckland City, SKYCITY Grand Hotel is the ideal destination for discriminating business travelers and pleasure seekers. Guest rooms are ultra modern and decorated with contemporary furnishings. The hotel features a full-service day spa as well as an award-winning restaurant run by internationally renowned chef Peter Gordon. The fitness center features a heated lap pool, a sauna and a spa pool. Surrounding the hotel is the SKYCITY entertainment complex, which features a 24-hour casino, restaurants, bars, cafes and a theater.
Head to the North Shore for a relaxing, quiet stay at the Peace and Plenty Inn. This exquisite bed an breakfasts places guests in a restored Victorian villa along the beautiful Devonport waterfront. Each room possesses its own unique charm and is furnished with antique decor and comfortable furniture. In addition to its lavish gourmet breakfasts, the inn offers complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Rates dip during the low season from May through September, so consider booking your trip during Auckland's winter for the best prices.
Younger travelers looking for a real deal should check out the Base Auckland Backpackers. One of many backpacking hostels in Auckland, this facility has a location that can't be beat. Situated in the heart of Auckland City, the hostel provides amazing access to all of urban Auckland's best attractions. Guests have options of shared rooms with bunk beds or private rooms with private baths. Those looking for a cup of coffee can venture to the hostel's public lounge, which boasts an Internet cafe. At night, head downstairs to the Globe Bar. Popular among college students, this backpackers' watering hole hosts a range of activities from pool to live DJs to poker.
Because the Auckland region is so spread out, the area has a robust transportation system to help travelers venture from one end to the other. Auckland's bus system is popular among tourists, who can easily catch a ride to one of the city's major tourist attractions. Bust stops are usually no more than a few minutes away, and popular buses run at least every 15 minutes. Train is another option, though Auckland only sports four rail lines that provide limited access to the city's outer suburbs. Because of the city's location next to two bodies of water, ferries are a popular mode of transport. Travelers can catch a ferry near downtown Auckland up to the region's North Shore. If you are planning on venturing outside Auckland's city center, you may want to consider renting a car. If you'd rather not drive, you can always hail a cab.