New Zealand is always a favorite destination for people with adventurous spirits and who love getting active in the outdoors. Auckland is the largest city here, has a ton to do, and is very family-friendly too. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland has a lot of museums, action-packed activities, and easy access to Waiheke Island. With amazing coastlines, lots of art to discover, and many of the country’s best restaurants, here are some hotel recommendations to plan your very own Auckland adventure.

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Hotel DeBrett Lovely night scene at Hotel DeBrett
Lovely night scene at Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett is a hotel that’s modern and retro at the same time that’s in the middle of an exciting shopping district. It’s a boutique hotel with 25 rooms that are decorated with New Zealand art and eclectic furniture. DeBrett’s Kitchen has a lovely glass-roofed atrium, Housebar is the hotel’s central meeting place, and Cornerbar has an awesome selection of craft beers and boutique wines. The Roaring 20s High Tea is also a fun way to enjoy a little glitz and glamour with your sweet treats on the weekend. Stop by on Saturdays or Sundays from 3-5pm to join in the fun. All of the rooms have carpet that’s made from hand-woven New Zealand wool, and the onsite restaurant specializes in contemporary New Zealand cuisine.

SKYCITY Hotel

SKYCITY Hotel

The SKYCITY Hotel is by the 60-story Sky Tower and is an upscale complex that’s swanky and modern. Take your pick from a premium room, premium courtyard room, or a premium suite. You can also select a bed and breakfast package, a “do not disturb” package, or a city experience package depending on what you’re looking for in your time in Auckland. Guests here enjoy free Wi-Fi and a cardio room. For an extra fee, babysitting services are available, as well as 24-hour room service, daily laundry service, parking, and over 20 restaurants and bars nearby. The Auckland airport is about 45 minutes away by car, bus, or taxi.

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel Charming decor at The Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Charming decor at The Great Ponsonby Arthotel

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel

Stay at this artsy B&B-style hotel to be near the shops and restaurants of Ponsonby when you stay in Auckland. This villa dates back to 1898 and was established over 20 years ago in a heritage neighborhood. There are 11 rooms here, and you can choose from villa rooms, courtyard studios, and spacious suites. The room rate includes complimentary breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, and a daily newspaper. The hotel is set in a nice garden by a park, it’s decorated with original New Zealand art, and is just a two-minute walk to all the nightlife and cafes of the neighborhood. You can also book a room just for the day if you need a place to get away and relax between meetings, to take nap due to jet lag, or to have a romantic rendezvous.

Hilton Auckland Unwind at the pool at Hilton Auckland, New Zealand
Unwind at the pool at Hilton Auckland, New Zealand

Hilton Auckland

The Hilton Auckland has a nautical style and is located along the waterfront. This is a great place to stay if you want to be close to the commercial business district or near the terminal for ferries to other destinations. Here you’ll find the FISH Restaurant with great seafood and views, an outdoor lap pool, fitness center, and you’ll be just 25 minutes from the Auckland airport. This is a great place to stay if you want to explore the city by bike because the Waitemata Harbour Loop bike path is right outside the hotel’s front door. The rooms and bright and airy and include bathrobes, slippers, and 32-inch TVs. Service animals are allowed to stay here, but pets are not. Valet parking is available at NZ $45, but self-parking is not available.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour View of water at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
View of water at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Wake up to views of Viaduct Harbor when you stay at the Sofitel Auckland. This is a five-star, French-style hotel that puts you between the heart of the city center and the waterside lifestyle. There is a restaurant, bar, and al fresco dining here, as well as a spa that combines the best aspects of French and New Zealand treatments. There’s a lovely terrace, hot tube, private parking, and onsite bar here. Auckland’s airport is just 11 miles from this property.

Cordis by Langham Auckland Suite at Cordis, Auckland
Suite at Cordis, Auckland

Cordis by Langham Auckland

For an upscale and elegant stay in Auckland, the Cordis by Langham Hospitality Group is also an excellent choice. This is a new Langham brand, and there are 411 luxury rooms and suites here at this five-star hotel. The Cordis is near the uptown area, which is lively and filled with fashion boutiques, art galleries, and museums. High-speed connectivity is at your fingertips when you stay here, and you can explore a world of flavors at Eight’s interactive kitchens. The lobby lounge is also a great place to sit, relax, and enjoy high tea. Onsite, you’ll also find a health club and day spa that has a heated rooftop pool and treatments to energize your body, mind, and spirit. For families traveling with kids, there are age-appropriate amenities and entertainment options here, such as scavenger hunts, coloring packs, kids’ food menus, and ice cream.

Stamford Plaza Auckland Spacious room at Stamford Plaza Auckland
Spacious room at Stamford Plaza Auckland

Stamford Plaza Auckland

The Stamford Plaza Auckland is also a very nice luxury hotel that overlooks a lively street in the city. There are both rooms and suites here, as well as multiple dining options. Knights on Albert offers all-day dining, Kabuki is a Teppanyaki restaurant, Grasshopper is a Thai restaurant, and the Knights Lobby bar is a great place to meet up with friends. Package deals include day-use rooms, holiday specials, stay and dine packages, and romance packages for couples. Onsite, you’ll find 286 guest rooms (including 15 suites), a gym on Level 11, and valet parking available for a daily fee.

M Social Auckland Relaxing tub at M Social Auckland
Relaxing tub at M Social Auckland

M Social Auckland

This hotel is in Princes Wharf and is a trendy place to stay during your time in Auckland. It overlooks the Auckland Harbor and has 190 rooms for guests. Beast & Butterflies is the signature restaurant onsite, Wi-Fi is complimentary, and you can also stop by the Social Bar and the fitness center while staying here. All the rooms are contemporary and chic, and this is a favorite place to stay among solo travelers and couples.