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The Best Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand
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The Best Hotels in Auckland, New Zealand

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Auckland is a bustling city full of many of New Zealand’s most influential people, as well as some of the country’s most famous attractions and landmarks. Read Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels to stay at in Auckland.

Kauri Cliffs

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Kauri Cliffs
A day on the fairway at Kauri Cliffs | © Ralph Bestic / Flickr / Derivative from original

Kauri Cliffs

Making use of 6,000 gorgeous acres of the New Zealand countryside in Northland, north of Auckland, is the beautiful Kauri Cliffs. This world class golf course and lodge is the definition of elegance, with brilliant suites and rooms, as well as a fantastic 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean, you can go fishing, play golf, or even enjoy an indulgent, therapeutic full-service luxury spa treatment. Kauri Cliffs has everything you need to experience the ultimate stylish and relaxing luxury vacation.

Kauri Cliffs Lodge, 39 Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand, +64 9 407 0010

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Kauri Cliffs Lodge | © Ralph Bestic/WikiCommons
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Located just south of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge is this luxury boutique hotel, Mollies, just a few minutes drive west of the centre of the city. This hotel is a fantastic place to go for an elegant and romantic getaway or a beautiful honeymoon. The 19th century décor maintains the gorgeous Victorian charm and has earned this hotel the reputation of being one of the best places to stay in the area. Fantastic fine dining is offered on the premise, or you have the option of going to the brilliant suburb of Ponsonby, where you can find some of the city’s best cafés, bars and restaurants.

Mollies, 6 Tweed St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-376 3489

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Hotel DeBrett

On the corner of High Street and Shortland Street, in Auckland’s centre, is the site of Hotel DeBrett. This hotel occupies a building that dates back to 1925. The original building on this site was the home of The Commercial Hotel, erected in 1841 and one of the first hotels in the city, but was rebuilt after sustaining damage caused by two fires. Hotel DeBrett has 25 rooms and suites that maintain a late 20th century décor style that is relaxed and toned down, and juxtapose against the eclectic colourful carpets, which acts as the dominant feature of the rooms.

Hotel DeBrett, 2 High St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-925 9000

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Stamford Plaza Auckland

Located in uptown Auckland, not far from Queens Wharf and the Britomart entertainment precinct, is a hotel that embodies all the class and luxury that Auckland has to offer: Stamford Plaza Auckland. This hotel is the perfect place to unwind with complimentary valet parking, an indoor pool, sauna and spa with views over the city and a variety of restaurants including Japanese, Thai and even the Auckland High Tea, which is the perfect place to go to celebrate a special occasion.

Stamford Plaza Auckland, 22-26 Albert Street, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-309 8888

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Hilton Auckland

Over 150 comfortable guest rooms are offered at the Hilton Auckland, which can be found on the northern edge of the city, right on Auckland’s harbour. As well as having some of the best views of the harbour in the entire city from the guest rooms, you can also experience the harbour’s beauty from the hotel’s seafood restaurant or the Bellini bar that offers excellent cocktails and fine wines. As well as these amazing views, this hotel is only a short walk away from the centre of the city where you can enjoy Auckland’s best attractions, bars and restaurants.

Hilton Auckland Hotel, 147 Quay St, Auckland, New Zealand,+64 9-978 2000

Auckland's beautiful harbour and city © Siyamalan/Flickr
Auckland’s beautiful harbour and city | © Siyamalan/Flickr
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SKYCITY Grand Hotel

The SKYCITY entertainment precinct is one of the premier locations in Auckland for famous attractions in the city, incredible live music and theatre, some of the best restaurants and bars in the city and, of course, high-class, central accommodation. SKYCITY Grand Hotel is located in the centre of Auckland’s CBD and offers, as a part of the SKYCITY complex, a five-star experience with luxury rooms and suites that feature fantastic modern décor as well as incredible 24-hour room service to perfect your stay in Auckland.

SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 90 Federal St, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-363 7000

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The Langham Auckland

Just a few minutes walk from many of Auckland’s key attractions is The Langham Auckland. This elegant hotel was established in 1865 in a sophisticated British style, and remains to this day one of the classiest hotels in the city. Located in the centre of the city, The Langham Auckland is a short walk away from the luscious Auckland Domain as well as having incredible views over the city-scape. This hotel is also the home of the well known Eight Restaurant, which offers refined contemporary cuisine from around the world.

The Langham Auckland, 83 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9-379 5132

Auckland Domain Wintergarden © russelstreet/Flickr
Auckland Domain Wintergarden | © russelstreet/Flickr