Where to stay in Auckland?

Où dormir à Auckland ?

Discover the best places to stay in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city!

Stretching several kilometers from west to east, theAuckland conurbation is sprawling. It covers an area of 268,000 km² – three times the size of French Guiana – and is home to around 1.5 million people, with 4.7 million living in its entire urban area. Located on New Zealand’s North Island, it is the country’s largest and most populous city.

The range of accommodation on offer in Auckland is vast, from Australian-style backpackers to luxury hotels and homestays, but it’s choosing where to stay in Auckland that can be tricky. As usual, we recommend staying as close as possible to the city center.

The Central Business District

Centre CBD, loger à Auckland

Photo credit: Flickr – Chris Gin

Auckland Central, or CBD, is Auckland’s most central district. It’s bordered by the Waitemata harbor waterfront, and stretches south towards Queen Street to Karangahape Road. This is where you’ll find many of the city’s bars and cultural events. Here you’ll find skyscrapers, office towers and residential complexes, as well as bars and restaurants. A good place to stay, although rents can be high, as it’s also one of Auckland’s most sought-after areas for accommodation.

What’s more, the majority of Auckland’s population is made up of expatriates from Polynesia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, so the accommodation supply is potentially saturated. Nevertheless, thanks to backpackers – the local youth hostel – accommodation in Auckland is affordable.

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Parnell

Parnell, loger à Auckland

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Located on a knoll just east of Queen Street, Parnell is Auckland’s upscale neighborhood. Numerous local art stores, restaurants and spacious, high-rent accommodation are scattered around. If you want to stay in Auckland in a luxurious Victorian villa with garden and swimming pool, Parnell is the place to be. The neighborhood is surrounded by green spaces where you can relax in fine weather. The downside is that it’s expensive to sleep in Parnell, but the area remains central, with the CBD just a few minutes away.

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Grafton

Grafton, loger à Auckland

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Clinging to the western flank of Auckland Domain Park, Grafton is a rather quiet neighborhood, yet central thanks to its proximity to the CBD and Newmarket. If you’re a sporty type, it’s a good place to go for a run in the early hours of the morning, when the city is still asleep. The area is booming, so you might as well take advantage of sleeping in Grafton now, before prices catch up with those in the CBD.

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Karangahape Road

K Road, loger à Auckland

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K’Road is a neighborhood built around the eponymous street separating Queen Street from Upper Queen Street. The area is considered Auckland’s bohemian quarter. LGBT clubs, sex shops and strip-teasers for the part that likes to get wild on debaucherous nights. Adjacent are terraces and small cafés, vintage art stores and numerous bars, discos and restaurants. If you like to party in the city, K’road is the place to stay in Auckland, because it’s definitely a district populated by young night owls, dynamic, festive and effervescent.

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Mount Eden

Mount Eden, loger à Auckland

Photo credit: Flickr – Chris Gin

Further south of the city center, you’ll find a small-town feel, with the added bonus of a hill where you can go for a stroll and enjoy a beautiful view of the CBD. Mt Eden Road is the shopping street where most of the activity takes place, with shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. An ideal place to stay in Auckland if you’re looking for peace and quiet, but to top it all off, rents can be high.

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Main photo credit: Flickr – Stewart Baird

Map of hotels and accommodation – Auckland,nz