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Auckland Takapuna Oaks
It sounds almost too good to be true: affordable spacious apartments (with full kitchens and laundry facilities) situated at the end of a peaceful peninsula that's close to beaches and a short ferry ride from the city...
Like a motel only much flasher, this complex offers spacious, self-contained apartments with double glazing and smart furnishings. The downstairs units have gardens and most have spa baths. Best of all, it’s only a few metres from the beach.
If you're going to shell out for a luxury B&B you're going to want something a little special, and that's certainly what's offered here...
Abaco On Jervois
A neutral-toned motel, with a contemporary fit-out, including slick stainless-steel kitchenettes (with dish drawers and proper ovens) and fluffy white towels for use in the spa. The darker rooms downstairs are priced accordingly.
Onetangi Beach Apartments
Three different blocks of townhouses are clumped together, all offering modern, perfectly located, well-managed accommodation, along with a spa and sauna. Best (and priciest) are the Strand Apartments, with large decks overlooking the sea.
Right by the river, this local institution has a mixed bag of rooms – some newer and nicer than others. The refurbished bar is downright swanky, dishing up fancy pub grub including burgers, pastas and pizzas (mains $15 to $30).
Off Broadway Motel
The Off Broadway is a dandy little performer in Auckland’s accommodation scene and deserves a few stage-door Johnnies singing its praises...
The Esplanade Hotel
This beautiful boutique hotel takes pride of place on the corner in a 1903 heritage building. It features lovingly tended period details such as supremely high ceilings, and has much more style than many of the luxury hotels in the city centre...
This eco-conscious boutique hotel has its own jetty, wrap-around decks and views. Meals ($10 to $60) can be arranged, as can excursions.
There are only eight rooms available in this cosy villa on a quiet street with an instantly welcoming, social vibe. It’s not flash by any means, but it’s clean enough to be homely.
Quest Carlaw Park
It's in an odd spot but this set of smart, modern apartments is handy for Parnell, the city and the Domain, and if you've got a car you're practically on the motorway.
No, it’s not an Irish pub. This leafy complex has lush gardens, smart furnishings and the beach at the end of the road. The luxury self-contained holiday homes have views to Rangitoto.
The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel
This deceptively spacious Victorian villa has gregarious hosts, impressive sustainability practices, great breakfasts, and it’s located a stone’s throw from Ponsonby Rd in a quiet cul-de-sac. Studio apartments open onto an attractive rear courtyard.
With more than 500 beds, this is the place where many young visitors get their bearings...
The Jucy car rental company has taken over this long-standing hostel, repainted everything in their trademark lurid green and purple, and converted it into a zippy budget hotel...
At the foot of the mountain in a leafy cul-de-sac, this bright, well-kept hostel is close to Mt Eden village and city buses. The communal facilities are in good nick.
City Garden Lodge
Occupying a character-filled, two-storey house built for Tongan royalty, this friendly and well-run backpackers has a lovely garden and high-ceilinged rooms. If you need to unwind, there's yoga on the front lawn.
The original house here is a mansion of sorts, with some nicely maintained period trimmings and large grounds. The new prefab cabins have less character but come with en suites.
Prices are cheaper for windowless rooms, but if you’re planning to be partying in the neighbourhood’s all-night clubs, that might be an advantage. The hostel is housed in a 1910 building with high ceilings and good security.
City Lodge is a YMCA-run, purpose-built tower for the budget market. The tiny rooms and stamp-sized bathrooms may be plain, but they make a clean and secure resting place. There’s a fantastic industrial-style kitchen and a comfy lounge.
The interiors don’t live up to the imposing exterior of this turreted wooden villa, commanding a corner site on tree-lined Franklin Rd. Yet it’s kept reasonably clean and its superbly located.
Bustling is an understatement for this large backpackers with a cafe, bar, travel agency, female-only floor and a roof deck with sauna and spa. The private rooms have TVs but not all have windows.