One of the closest campsites we could find for the airport. We had a morning flight out of New Zealand and needed to drop the campervan off first thing so we chose this site as it was convenient. It was still a 20-30 min drive to the airport (depending on traffic) so if you've got a really early flight it might be best to drop your camper off the day before and stay in one of the closer hotels.
The site was pretty good - not as nice as the other Top 10s we'd stayed in but the showers were clean and hot and the kitchen was well equipped. It's an urban site and surrounded by a high fence and then houses, so not particularly peaceful but good enough for the convenience.
It was also the busiest site we'd stayed in, full of people getting their campers ready to drop off, so we were all queueing up to empty our toilets and fill our water tanks the next morning (best to leave a bit of time to do all that too if you choose this site for the same purpose).
This would also be a good site to stay at on arrival if it was getting late in the day and you didn't want to drive too far the first night.
We didn't book but in hindsight, at any other time of year it would be best to do so with it being so popular and if we ever wanted to stay there again I'd book (we stayed there in August).
There's a restaurant next door and a small retail park 5 min walk up the road. There was also a bus stop outside and you could get the bus into Auckland but we drove and that took long enough - I reckon the bus would take about 1.5 hours.
We stayed at The Langham Hotel in Feb. 2010 for two nights following a cruise that ended in Auckland. It was convenient to get from the harbor where our ship docked, and The Langham has a FREE shuttle service from the hotel to downtown and the wharf areas.
The hotel was lovely and well appointed. It has the feel of an older, very classy hotel, with very professional and attentive service. The rooms are not huge and we had a room with two twin beds when we would have preferred a queen or king room, but they can put the beds together to make a king if you prefer. They also have large suites, but we had reserved on hotels.com and had gotten a great rate of $145.65/night, so felt very satisfied with our room. It is easy to walk to restaurants, shopping, the Sky Tower, and to just enjoy the central downtown area.
The have wonderful & helpful concierge service and a very friendly staff in general. A lovely concierge by the name of Mikela (sp?) went out of her way to assist us in so many way. She was full of energy, class, and knowledge.
-Lovely decor. Beautiful & spacious lounge/bar off the reception area.
-Staff is top-notch.
-Outdoor pool, as well as new Chuan Spa and Health Club.
-Free Shuttle to downtown and wharf area.
-Many meeting rooms and beautiful, large banquet room.
-Many excellent restaurants very close to hotel.
Nice hotel with nice rooms. Staff are helpful.
It has a shopping, food court and restaurants just besides the hotel. Very convenient.
Very good stay in a central location ( just under the central town ) , big rooms and beds.
Night club and bars inside the building.
For a bit less quality you can find much more cheap in the same area!
in front of the bus- express stop from the airport
Very good all i needed was bed to sleep, about average when its comes to food .the price for the hotel was more expensive than staying in vegas.The noise from outside traffic mainly boy racers and fancy cars.
Nice clean room i didnt spent much of time in the room.
A huge single room with a great view in peaceful Takapuna.
The distance to city center is quite long though.
The Hilton Hotel is one of the more up-market hotels in Auckland. It is in an interesting location too situated near the Viaduct Harbour on the wharf. The hotel is distinctive as it is shaped like a luxury liner. The hotel has a small pool with views of the harbour and a top class restaurant called White. The hotel is also very good for hosting conferences or weddings and other functions.
If you are staying in the greater Auckland region, you may consider staying in the CBD of Auckland, as there are plenty of options for hotels. Sarah and I took advantage of our time in Melbourne by finding a good rate at the Hyatt Auckland for the night we met all the VTers in Auckland!
This hotel was definitely nothing special, but it did have a good view of the harbor and it was much more affordable than the Hilton which was right on the water. We ended up getting a hotel of the same calibre for just a fraction of the price.
Basically, it's a dormitory of Auckland Unv. and the facilities are more than nomal hotel, cause they have library, although not a big one, and cooking area, the cooking utensil can be borrowed for free.
Before you're leaving there, you have to clean your room by yourself, otherwise you have to pay about 30USD cleaning fee. However, in my opinion, the cleanliness is a judgment call of the staff, in my case, even though I had cleaned the room they still asked my to pay. So, be ware of this.
The Duxton Hotel is an apartment style hotel in Central Auckland. It is located in a treelined street within walking distance of Queen Street.
We had a nice double room with a huge bed, table and chairs, bathroom and kitchen facilities (which were really great if you felt like cooking your own breakfast!!). The pool and spa pool are located in front of the restaurant on the ground floor.
The view is ok. The pool and spa are nice to relax in.
This backpackers is nicely located half way between Ponsonby and the City. It is really close to Victoria Park which is one of the nicest open green areas in the central city.
Dorms (6 x beds) from $22.00 Shares (4 x beds) from $24.00
Singles from $39.00
Doubles from $27.00 per person
(all prices in NZ dollars and in 2009)
One of the coolest things about this backpackers is that it is located in a restored 19th century villa which is very typical of the Ponsonby area.
This backpackers offers the following services:
Fully Equipped Kitchen & Laundry
24hr Wireless and Desktop Internet
4 bathrooms with 24 hours/day hot water
2 common areas
Parking: 3 x off street & 75 metres unrestricted in street outside
All rooms are Non Smoking.
TV Lounge with Sky TV
Travel & Vehicle Hire Assistance
Spacious Garden with BBQ & Picnic Table
Guest Phone & Free Local Calls
Free Luggage Storage
They are also a member of the BBH chain of backpackers.
This hotel is located in the heart of the Sky City Tower/Casino and Hotel complex.
You have the benefit of being at the casino (if this is your motivation for coming to Auckland!). It is a top class hotel.
This accommodation is located in Newmarket which is just outside the city center. It is a cool place to shop and eat. The benefit od staying at this motel is that you are quite close to the city but you don't pay for it!
There are different types of rooms all with air-conditioning. There are private bath/shower facilities and some rooms have spas.
4 min to the city, 20 min to airport.
1-2 persons Studio NZ$89, large studio NZ$129, suite NZ$169
Special weekend rates: Studio NZ$79, large studio NZ$95, suite NZ$129
There are Dorm rooms, Private single, double and twin rooms.
Rates start at $22 for hostel card holders in a dorm room.
Linen and towel use is free. Kitchens, common room, TV, bar, Pool tables, Laundry
There are two YHA hostels in Auckland (and many others more). Both are in city center very close to Queen Street, 10 minutes walking from the Harbour. Auckland city YHA has a wonderful view on the city.
Both are clean, well equipped with laundry, kitchen, common room, TV longue and a useful travel center for any kind of bookings and information.
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