Auckland, New Zealand Hotels
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“Uber-budget backpackers can rejoice because Auckland also boasts a long list of hostels, almost all of which are located in City Centre. Nomads Fat Camel and the original Nomads Auckland are still two of the most popular hostels in town, thanks to their unbeatable prices. Both are part of Nomads World, a collection of youth-oriented hostels scattered across over a dozen countries around the world. Guests here can expect to give both their mouth and their liver a healthy workout; the youthful energy has a tendency to keep the drinks and conversation flowing until late into the night.”
Auckland is New Zealand's most populated city and a top destination for tourists from around the world, thanks to its wealth of sights and activities. No matter what your passion - whether aquatic adventures or land-based excitement - you can find it here. Thankfully, the city also boasts an overwhelming number of hotels, many of which are specifically geared towards budget-conscious travelers. There is a wide selection of hostels and motels to choose from as well. You can rest assured knowing that, regardless which part of the city you want to stay in, there are plenty of affordable lodging options available year-round.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand

Econo Lodge City Central
Econo Lodge City Central
37 Wellesley Street, Auckland
from $68
Jucy Snooze
Jucy Snooze
62 Emily Place, Auckland
from $34
The Surrey Hotel
The Surrey Hotel
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3.6
465 Great North Road Grey Lynn, Auckland
from $74
Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
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3.9
72-112 Green Lane East Ellerslie, Auckland
from $100
Best Western Newmarket Inn & Suites
Best Western Newmarket Inn & Suites
|
4.0
112 Great South Road, Epsom Newmarket, Auckland
from $86
Quality Hotel Parnell
Quality Hotel Parnell
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4.2
20 Gladstone Road Parnell, Auckland
from $82
Skycity Grand Hotel
Skycity Grand Hotel
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4.5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
from $126
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
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3.5
150 Anzac Avenue, Auckland
from $62
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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4.5
21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
from $166
The Sebel Quay West Auckland
The Sebel Quay West Auckland
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4.4
8 Albert Street, Auckland
from $144
More About Auckland, New Zealand Hotels...

Stay On A Budget in City Centre

Auckland City Centre is packed full of hotels that offer visitors an unbeatable location and a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. City Lodge and Ocean Inn Motel are two properties that are popular among foreign guests. Both are located mere minutes from the heart of the city, allowing easy access to a seemingly limitless number of restaurants and shops. They also come equipped with Wi-Fi, refrigerators, and microwaves. However, plenty of other cheap Auckland hotels can be found in key locations throughout the city.

Island Access or Suburban Quiet

One of the most popular areas to stay in Auckland is near the harbor, as this gives out-of-town visitors easy access to the many islands, volcanoes, and nearby picturesque destinations that are perfect for a day trip. Another great choice for those who desire to stay in a quieter part of town are the suburbs. Although Airbnb offers the most suburban options, there is also a plentiful selection of motels available. Off Broadway Motel and Auckland Newmarket Motel are two of the most affordable and most popular destinations. Newmarket Motel is an especially great choice for families, thanks to their kitchenettes and garden.

The Best Hostels In Auckland

Uber-budget backpackers can rejoice because Auckland also boasts a long list of hostels, almost all of which are located in City Centre. Nomads Fat Camel and the original Nomads Auckland are still two of the most popular hostels in town, thanks to their unbeatable prices. Both are part of Nomads World, a collection of youth-oriented hostels scattered across over a dozen countries around the world. Guests here can expect to give both their mouth and their liver a healthy workout; the youthful energy has a tendency to keep the drinks and conversation flowing until late into the night.

Alternative Lodging Options Through Airbnb

For those who prefer not to stay in hotels or hostels, Airbnb is a fantastic option. They have a vast variety of properties scattered across town. From simple apartments to cottages and houses, whatever you desire can be found here. Airbnb is a perfect option for a romantic Auckland getaway or for a family looking for a quiet place to call a home away from home. However, the best part about Airbnb is that it is much more affordable than a hotel and they have dozens upon dozens of options available.

Experience Nature For Free -- Without Leaving The City!

It's possible to take a leisurely - and free - walk up one of Auckland's many volcanic cones and reward yourself to a panoramic view of the city. Mount Victoria and One Tree Hill are both nice; however, the view from Mount Eden takes the gold. This is the highest natural point in the entire city and offers a stunning 360-degree view of Auckland. It is popular with photographers and the younger generation of "selfie" enthusiasts alike.

Another fun yet affordable afternoon activity is to take the ferry from downtown out to the iconic Auckland skyline landmark, Rangitoto Island. The island is only 600 years old but is already known as a scenic reserve and shall remain that way, as residential and commercial development has been banned here since the 1930s. The balance of natural flora and fauna is further protected by strictly controlling non-indigenous species. For example, day-trippers here for a hike and/or picnic cannot bring their four-legged friend with them. Even so, the view of the harbor and the city from the summit of Rangitoto Island is unbeatable and worth the sacrifice.

Affordable Aquatic Fun

For those eager to seek up the sun and sand, Auckland has several great beaches to choose from. The most conveniently located one is Mission Bay Beach. Access to the beach is free and the waves here are small to nonexistent, making it safe swimming for the entire family. There is also a wide assortment of nearby restaurants to get some take-out food and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the beach. It is also a wonderful way to kick off a romantic evening with a picturesque sunset.

The Hibiscus Coast, located on the northern edge of Auckland, is also a popular destination for beach-goers as well as residents eager to escape the city. It is home to the family favorite Long Bay Park; however, there are also other hidden, remote beaches favored by nude sunbathers that are decidedly less family-friendly. Check out Waiwera Thermal Resort, a collection of over two dozen hot springs that offer both indoor and outdoor swimming.

Getting Around Auckland - Discounted and Easy

The city has a rather extensive public transportation network, including buses, trains and ferries. It's possible to successfully navigate the city conveniently and inexpensively with a little advance planning. Purchasing an AT HOP card can make transportation around town that much easier. It can be used to pay for all types of Auckland Transport services and offers a 20% discount on the normal cash price. Additionally, an unlimited 24-hour pass is also available. 

Regardless of what visitors decide to do or see around Auckland during the course of their trip, most out-of-town guests have one need in common: cheap lodging in a great location. Given all the fun things to do around town, visitors won't be spending much time in their hotel room. Why not save a few dollars on lodging and put that money towards having a more memorable time around town?

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