Our pick of the best places to stay in New Zealand’s most vibrant city
1. Hilton Auckland
All 165 rooms have a balcony, giving it an appearance of a swish apartment building. Except when you step in, it’s all swank Hilton hospitality laid out for you. The Deluxe room has a harbour view, the suites have a private sun-deck, and the pool has underwater views of the ocean. The dining is exquisite: the FISH restaurant serves the finest seafood in all of Auckland, cooked up by master-chef Simon Gault; the Bellini Bar has its own signature cocktails. Book your stay at Hilton Auckland and have a great vacation with your dear ones.
2. Rydges Harbour View
Cited to combine ‘London sophistication, Sydney cool and New York style’, this hotel is a Kiwi take on bold contemporary architecture. There are a total of 267 rooms, all with gorgeous views, right in the heart of Auckland. The STK Restaurant offers some of the best local produce cooked to perfection; try the Chateaubriand, a feast for the senses, coupled with a fine selection of wines from their well-stocked cellar. The posh High Street is just around the corner for shopping and entertainment. If you are looking forward to a comfortable stay here, it is best to check room availability and rates here in advance.
3. Shakespeare Brewery & Hotel
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The name suggests something warm and cosy, and that’s exactly what this is. There are just 10 perfectly-appointed rooms, located just minutes from anything that’s fun in Auckland. Beer lovers will hate to tear themselves away from the 100-year-old pub, which offers world-class comfort food with world-class beers brewed right under your nose. The Shakespeare Terrace is ideal for al fresco dining as you watch Auckland life stroll past. If you are planning a trip to Auckland and wish to reside in a place from where travelling is easy, this is your best option. Check room rates and availability of the hotel here and book well in advance.
4. Stamford Plaza Auckland
All 286 rooms, including the 15 suites, are little urban oases in this most vibrant of New Zealand cities.
The fitness centre, with its indoor heated pool, spa whirlpool and sauna, has grand views of Waitemata Harbour. The Knights on Albert Restaurant offers what is perhaps Auckland’s best buffet breakfast, and the Knights Lobby Bar is one of the city’s trendiest and most-visited. The Kabuki Teppanyaki restaurant is easily NZ’s best Japanese restaurant, and the Grasshopper Thai truly raises the bar on Thai cuisine. Visit Stamford Plaza Auckland and book your stay online in advance.
5. Peace & Plenty Inn
Staying here is like stepping into a lush Victorian home with all modern amenities. This was built in 1880 and restored with all its vintage china, beautifully embroidered linen and chic silverware intact. Sample their Victorian High Tea overlooking Devonport Waterfront, a feast of scones, fresh cream, raspberry preserve, smoked salmon, quiches and finger-lickin’ good sandwiches. Choose from the Windsor, Albert, Devonport, Garden, Flagstaff and Victoria rooms, each oozing old-world delight. Don't waste your time thinking and planning. Visit Peace & Plenty Inn you will surely find the room best suited to your whims.
Despite Auckland’s vibrancy and beauty, it is a city that can be unsafe at night. Plan your travel down to a T, especially if going out at night, including your ride home.