Auckland travel guide

Auckland Tourism | Auckland Guide

You're Going to Love Auckland

With 417.910 inhabitants, Auckland is the most populous city in New Zealand. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Auckland has to offer.

Where to Eat in Auckland

If you’re looking for affordable options, Eight Restaurant - Cordis Auckland (83 Symonds Street) and Rothko at Sculptureum (40 Omaha Flats Road) are great picks.

When to visit Auckland

Auckland in June
Estimated hotel price
$174
1 night at 3-star hotel
Auckland in June
Estimated hotel price
$174
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Auckland in January, when the average temperature is 20 °C, and the highest can go up to 24 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 8 °C, with an average temperature of 11 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 130 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Auckland, with an average rainfall of 70 mm.

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How to Get to Auckland

Plane

When flying to Auckland, you’ll arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located 18 km from the city centre. Airlines that fly from Australia to Auckland include American Airlines, Air Canada and Alaska Airlines. The shortest flight to Auckland from Australia departs from Brisbane and takes around 3h 05m.

Car

Another option to get to Auckland is to pick up a car hire from Tauranga, which is about 155 km from Auckland. You’ll find branches of EZI and Budget, among others, in Tauranga.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Auckland Sky City, located 0.6 km from the city centre of Auckland. Auckland 490 Queen St is also a commonly used station, and is 1.3 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Auckland, you’ll arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL), which is located 18 km from the city centre. Airlines that fly from Australia to Auckland include American Airlines, Air Canada and Alaska Airlines. The shortest flight to Auckland from Australia departs from Brisbane and takes around 3h 05m.

Car

Another option to get to Auckland is to pick up a car hire from Tauranga, which is about 155 km from Auckland. You’ll find branches of EZI and Budget, among others, in Tauranga.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Auckland Sky City, located 0.6 km from the city centre of Auckland. Auckland 490 Queen St is also a commonly used station, and is 1.3 km from the city centre.

Airports near Auckland

Airlines serving Auckland

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,987 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Finnair
Good (841 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,569 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
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Where to stay in Auckland

From 5-star hotels such as the Hilton Auckland to great affordable options like the Quest on Queen, Auckland offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $135 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $408 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hobson Lodge and Haka Lodge Auckland. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Auckland, with prices from $48 to $1,171 per night. Central Business District is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Auckland are about 2% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Most popular hotel in Auckland by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Auckland

Most booked hotels in Auckland

Novotel Auckland Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$250+
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$163+
Skycity Hotel Auckland
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$173+
Sudima Auckland Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$175+
Auckland Airport Motel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$121+
Grand Millennium Auckland
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$137+

Hiring a car in Auckland

Hiring a car in Auckland costs $37 per day, on average, or $110 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, Hertz and Budget are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Auckland is the Autounion Car Rental branch at 181 Montgomerie Road, Māngere, which is 14 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 17% cheaper than airport locations in Auckland.

Expect to pay $2.90 per litre in Auckland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $34.74 and $46.32. The most frequently booked car type in Auckland is Compact (Toyota Prius c or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Class Mini Car or similar) is, on average, 86% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Auckland costs $37 per day, on average, or $110 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Alamo, Hertz and Budget are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Auckland is the Autounion Car Rental branch at 181 Montgomerie Road, Māngere, which is 14 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 17% cheaper than airport locations in Auckland.

Expect to pay $2.90 per litre in Auckland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $34.74 and $46.32. The most frequently booked car type in Auckland is Compact (Toyota Prius c or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Class Mini Car or similar) is, on average, 86% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.