Avondale Motor Park is more than a campground. It is a site for caravans, campervans as well as tents. It also has tourist flats and studio appartments with various levels of service. It is part of the Kiwi chain which my mother and I used on our NZ road trip. If you pre-purchase a Kiwi card you are entitled to a discount on your accommodation and selected activities.
We chose self contained tourist flats/cabins with our own bathroom and kitchen facilities (in deference to my mother's age) but there are more basic units available with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities.
The park can be a little hard to find as it has no street frontage and is down a lane. Restaurants and shops are not close - you will need to drive or go by bus or taxi.
Clean spacious flat with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water.
The bus stop to the city is directly across the road or outside the gate for the return journey.
If you want something right in the centre of the City try Base Backpackers.
Another choice would be
I haven't stayed in either of them as I live in Auckland but lots of people that I have met have stayed here.
Good luck with your planning
There are lots and lots of motels on Great South Road and I have stayed in several ones of them. Despite bus stops being nearby I only stay there if I have a car or other kinds of transportation.
I stayed at the Epsom Motor Inn because I had to be close to Greenlane (Novotel, Ibis) and the rates were very affordable.
This motel is good value for money and rather quiet if you are lucky enough to have a unit without interconnecting door (one of my pet hates) - and behind the door Indian travellers (one man, two women) who have threesomes or alternating hours of sex at any time of the night. Believe me, I have not invented this story - and lucky me I had to bear their noise only in two of the five nights I spent there.
The units are a bit dark, due to the layout. A lamp on the ceiling would have helped.
I think they could make a lot more of this accommodation, just by hanging some pictures on the very high walls, by adding a lamp to the ceiling, just a few bits and pieces of decoration to make the room look warmer and friendlier. Right now, it looks a bit basic. Replacing the silicon seal in the shower would also work wonders.
However, despite the basic look the room and bathroom were perfectly clean and tidy.
My room was not suitable for cooking. There was only a microwave, a toaster and a kettle, a few pieces of crockery, glasse and cutlery, no kitchen sink or whatever. Already filling the kettle with water from the bathroom basin was a mission.
But I have enjoyed my stay. Loved the courtyard and the separate room (sliding door) in a sunroom-like conservatory where you can accommodate a third person.
What I loved most was the proximity of Cornwall Park. I might be back ;-))
- The units are built around a very beautiful courtyard filled with shrubs, very green, very nice in the middle of the city.
- The motel is only a short stroll from Cornwall Park/One Tree Hill. You can start running from the doorstep, just meandering on the grass verge along a few streets, and you are already in Cornwall Park which is just fantastic for jogging.
- There is a fabulous Japanese restaurant (OEDO) over the reception, great food and super friendly staff.
- Free parking, of course.
- Friendly staff. Young people. I am sure they will update the motel over time.
- About 200 metres further up the road is a dairy and on the opposite side of the street (intersection with Market Road) there are two bakeries. I bought breakfast in one of them (closed on Sunday though), they have the best bacon and egg rolls of Auckland, for sure! Also great coffee.
- The next supermarket and McDonald's are less than a kilometre down the road, at Greenlane West. Train station on Market Road (Remuera) and Greenlane. As I do not trust the trains in Auckland I have never tested it. But plenty of buses on Great South Road to the city. Bus stop not far from the motel.
- To the shopping area of Newmarket (Broadway) it is 1.5 kms. To lovely Parnell it is 3.5 kms. While you can walk to Newmarket Parnell is a bit too far for a stroll.
On Great South Road, between Market Road and Greenlane, at the corner of Great South Road and Cornwall Park Avenue.
If you come from the airport, just follow the signs to the city centre. Head towards Greenlane, then turn left onto Great South Road. If you come from the south on SH1 take the Greenlane exit.
Photos 2 to 5 show aspects of the room, the bathroom and the spare room for a third person.
Great location near Botany Town Center.Very modern ,spacious,fully equipped furnished apartment with internet service.We stayed for 3 weeks based on a weekly rate which was bargain rate.Good facilities -pool,gym,tennis court.Secured safe estate with great on site management.recommended especially for long term stays
great location near Auckland airport & Botany Town Center. Good on site facilities
A 3/4 hour ferry trip to beautiful Waihiki Island and we were greeted by the beautiful scenery and laid back ambience of the island. Delamore lodge has only (6) Luxurious rooms each with its own view over the trees inlet below. Everything about Delamore lodge was relaxing the Grotto spa, the dining, the service and the company of chef extroardinair Aaron.
Our time on the island was wonderful and the perfect start to our New Zealand holiday.
The views and the ambience
We picked this hotel as it is close to the airport and picks you up & delivers you back for free! This happened with no problems which was great as we were tired from our long flight.
They gave us a free upgrade to a room with a spa pool, which was also wonderful as it helped iron out the kinks in our bodies.
The staff were all lovely, the room was clean and the bed comfortable. All in all very good value for the money.
I left my Ipod under my pillow & not only did they find it but they returned it to me in America. I was so pleased with the honesty and integrity of the staff and the efficiency of the staff in returning it to me. I can't thank them enough as it had taken hour to get all my songs onto the Ipod and NZ was my 1st stop on a 6 month tour. I can only hope the other hotels I stay at are as honest and accomodating.
For people who have to get to the airport in the very early morning hours:
If you leave for an international flight there are not many shuttle options.
So, the airport is located in Mangere, next to Manukau City - which itself is rather a dreadful place, so I would not stay there if I did not have to. The shuttle bus from Manukau City to the airport starts at 4.15am only, so this would be too late for checking in 2 (or more) hours before departure.
If you travel alone and book the SuperShuttle door-to-door service you would pay NZ$ 28 from Manukau City to the airport. A taxi would not cost you much more for this short distance about 10 km).
Best you stay at a hotel near the airport in Mangere, for example the Airport Gold Star Motel. They say they are 3 min from the airport, and they advertise free airport shuttle. I do not know if they would do it at the time you require it, but I think 3 min in a taxi would be a very small cost.
More hotels near the airport to check out:
On the AA Travel website www.aatravel.co.nz you will find more. Many advertise free airport transfers. But, as said, the time you need it is not really during business hours...
YWCA Auckland has nice rooms and some nice staff. However, they put male cleaners into female only batet send guys into to maintain or clean the shower room. Even you can see into the showers. Even if you complain to the YWCA Auckland management they say that the policy is the cleaner has to check first with a female cleaner to see if anyone is using the bathrooms. But in reality they do not check. The YWCA Auckland staff also do not warn you about male staff and cleaners can enter the bathroom at any time. Do you want a male to come into the bathroom and see you having a shower? Ive stayed in many countries and this is the WORST EXPERIENCE of MY LIFE. DONT STAY IN THE YWCA Auckland IF YOU VALUE YOURSELF it is NOT APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR YOUNG WOMEN to stay. It is absolutely absurd.
This motel has everything you need, even a bus stop close-by and one a little further down on Broadway where a lot more buses to the city stop. But still I think the location on Great South Road in Newmarket, 6kms south of Downtown Auckland, is not really perfect if you do not want to drive to the city by car.
The problem is not to get to the city - but how to get back. If you wait at a bus stop on Broadway no bus stops without you giving a hand-sign. But they tend to race in the second lane, and they are still there when you recognize the number... And when it gets dark it gets even worse, and you get frustrated and walk up Great South Road - and "up" means uphill... Swearing... So the only way is NOT to use the cheap Link Bus in the city and get off in Newmarket but already get into a Stagecoach in the city. Or just put on good walking shoes ;-)
There are a lot of motels on Great South Road. Although you might think it could be too noisy on such a busy road - this is not the case. And the road is by far not as busy as you might think. I have experienced the big traffic jams of this area on the motorway and on Broadway.
The motel itself is absolutely fine, we stayed there for an extended period, with units from $95 to $260 for huge apartments in which a whole football team could sleep.
When I checked the direct motel website (www.oaktree.co.nz) it did not work, that is why I noted the AA website further down.
Some of the staff are nice and facilities inside room are okay. However the bathrooms are in a terrible state and they are shared between men and women. There are two femaile only floors, but they put inside male staff from 7 in morning for cleaning or maintenance without first closing bathroom. That is lack of respect and privacy so I would not recommend for this reason.
If you intend study in Auckland and stay for longer than 3 months, this is a great acommodation. It's a very sociable place in town and close from Auckland University, supermarket, shops, etc. It's a little bit expensive, full furnished.
Pool, parking, Cinema room, Internet, Common kitchen, TV room, gym, reception.
Had a pleasant stay at Conors for two nights ......It was more of a meeting place for backpackers and also long term visitors.Enjoyed its weekly barbeque every friday night..the cost NZ$5.00 .Credit Cards accepted for long stay
Worth the money you will be paying and the guest are from all over which gave me an unique experience of mixing around with other nationalities......
Private apartment, just opened. Really nice place to stay and is right downtown. Good for family or group.
Neat place, very clean and cheap in NZ$.
I ended up here because there was a festival going on in the city centre and everything was booked. The hostel is near Mt Eden, we had a view of it from our bathroom window. It's about ten minutes from the city centre by bus. The people running the hostel are really nice and helpfull.
As the people that own the hostel, also own the indoor climbing centre, you can go climbing there for free at night. The kitchen is big, there's a tv room and there's a shuttle bus too.
Although a bit pricey for the facilities, Airport B&B was comfortable, clean and friendly. I paid NZ$75 for a large standard room with twin beds, no TV or clock (bring your own!), with communal toilet and bathroom facilities. No problem for me since I was used to sharing with others from years of university residences, and expecting to be in hostels for much of my trip. However, individuals who want more privacy and luxury will want to upgrade to a room with an ensuite.
The room was somewhat noisy, being adjacent to a main road, but since I was exhausted from the travel, I could have slept through anything. The continent breakfast was great with lots of choices of cereals, toast, spreads, yogurt, fruits and juice, plus coffee and tea. There was a shared TV room, and heaps of magazines and newspapers to borrow for an introduction to the New Zealand State of Mind.
Restaurants are within walking distance, but because the B&B location is more residential than commercial, don't expect a huge selection of restaurant choices apart from "english-style" food, takeaways and Indian. I had a tasty dinner on my first night at an unnamed Indian restaurant (hey, the name wasn't on the window or menu!) of Dal Mahkani, rice, naan, and mango lassi. Family-run, fresh, very authentic, reasonably priced and highly recommended (ask Laurel at the B&B for directions).
Accomodation best recommended for a one or two night stay after flying into, or flying out of, the airport.
Free shuttle to and from the airport, a do-it-yourself, eat-all-you-can continental breakfast , coffee and tea available 24 hours, clean and comfortable facilities, friendly staff with a lot of advice, on a main bus route into the city.
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