Destination guide

New Zealand's largest city and the heart of Kiwi culture

Located on New Zealand's North Island, the city of Auckland truly offers something for everyone. With its famously low-key Kiwi vibe and plenty of natural beauty as its backdrop, this city does not disappoint. From sandy beaches to scenic harbours, a bursting cultural scene full of art, music and shopping, plus a nearby wine region, you'll find it impossible to be bored. Browse Auckland vacation rentals by the sea or in the heart of the city, and prepare to explore all that New Zealand's largest city has to offer.

Things to do

Museums for everyone, from art lovers to history buffs

Auckland is full of museums that cater to practically everyone. Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Museum of Transport and Technology, or explore the exhibits, both indoors and out, at the New Zealand Maritime Museum. You can also let the kids run free at the Children's My Science Playroom. There are tons of gallery spaces to see, including the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with pieces dating back to the 11th century. The Auckland Botanic Gardens are well worth a stroll, while the kids will love a visit to Western Springs Park and the Auckland Zoo within.


Art, wine and volcanic hikes...all in 1 perfect place

As New Zealand's largest city, Auckland offers tons of restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The adventurers in your crew will want to head straight to the city's Sky Tower for some (controlled) base jumping, while the funky boho shops on Ponsonby Road will be the top attraction for your favourite coffee snobs. You'll also find high-end boutiques and art galleries scattered throughout. Be sure to hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island for a true urban escape, complete with wine tasting, or head to the neighbouring Rangitoto Island and hike up a volcano.


Spring for the shoulder seasons if you know what's best

Because Auckland is best enjoyed when you're outdoors, plan to visit in May or September. In both early autumn and early spring, you'll find comfortable temperatures and moderate crowds. Summer is peak season for all of North Island, so expect throngs of fellow travellers from November through March, paired with high prices and hot weather. The upside of going in the summer is the lack of rain, unlike when the winter months roll in. You'll be rewarded with low prices from June through August, but consider your suitcase allowance when browsing Auckland vacation rentals. You'll need layers and some rain gear.

Natural highlights

Rugged beauty in and around this urban jungle

Auckland's geography is pretty hard to beat. Framed by 2 large harbours on New Zealand's North Island, the city overlooks volcanoes and rolling hills covered in farmlands and vineyards. Nearby islands dot the surrounding Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, all offering various outdoor activities and day trips from this stunning city. Expect plenty of surf-friendly beaches, with a mix of sandy shores and pebbled coastlines. In under an hour, you can find yourself hiking through rainforests, floating in thermal springs, sipping locally made wines among vineyards or visiting wildlife reserves.

Where to stay near Auckland Region?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,616 holiday rentals near Auckland Region. From 270 Condos/Apartments to 1,053 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Auckland Region is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Auckland Region?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Auckland Region. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Auckland City: 1,088 holiday rentals
  • Waiheke Island: 406 holiday rentals
  • Auckland CBD: 154 holiday rentals
  • Palm Beach: 132 holiday rentals
  • North Shore: 159 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Auckland Region! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Auckland Region?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Auckland Region with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Auckland City: 1,088 holiday homes
  • Waiheke Island: 406 holiday homes
  • Clarks Beach: 18 holiday homes
  • Te Arai: 255 holiday homes
  • Omaha: 213 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Auckland Region?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Auckland Region are:

  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 571 holiday houses
  • Ardmore Airport (AMZ): 803 holiday houses
  • Great Barrier Island Airport (GBZ): 47 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Auckland Region?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Auckland Region. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Piha Beach: 395 holiday rentals
  • Viaduct Harbour: 1,040 holiday rentals
  • Auckland Newmarket Station: 1,037 holiday rentals
  • Auckland Domain: 1,038 holiday rentals
  • Matakana Village: 384 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Auckland Region listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

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