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Popular amenities for Auckland vacation rentals

Stay near Auckland's top sights

Auckland Airport35 locals recommend
Spark Arena114 locals recommend
Eden Park142 locals recommend
Sky Tower597 locals recommend
The University of Auckland35 locals recommend
Mt Smart Stadium39 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Auckland

  • Total rentals

    13K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    414K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    5.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.5K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.6K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Auckland

All About Auckland

Auckland is a beautiful city sandwiched between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s New Zealand’s biggest city, with a walkable downtown and vibrant suburbs surrounded by rolling hills, soaring mountains, and stunning beaches.

The central business district (CBD) offers an array of cultural attractions at the heart of the city. You’ll find museums such as the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki here, the largest in the country with more than 17,000 works on display, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which explores New Zealand history through exhibits that include artifacts from Māori and Pacific collections. For a spot in the sun and some greenery, grab a bench in Albert Park. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, hit the glittering lights of the Viaduct Harbour, which is home to more than 30 bars and restaurants, or visit world-class wineries on Waiheke Island.

Auckland also has numerous breathtaking beaches that are only a short car or ferry ride away. Choose between the popular seaside suburb of Mission Bay, the rugged black sand beach Piha, or the surfing haven of Anchor Bay. Or head out on one of the many hiking trails in the surrounding mountains or islands, taking in all that this scenic city has to offer.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Auckland

Auckland has a coastal climate, meaning there are few extremes in temperature throughout the year. It’s also one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand. But because the weather can also change rapidly due to cold fronts, it’s smart to pack for all weather, including rain, regardless of when you book an Auckland vacation rental. It’s also a good idea to bring sun protection for the spring and summer, due to the intensity of the UV rays in New Zealand.

Generally you can expect warm, humid summers, which run from December to February, making this a great time to hit nearby beaches and festivals in the surrounding islands.

During the fall (March to May), you can expect the long sunny days to continue and the higher temps to cool. Spring (September to November) is similarly mild.

Winters (June to September) can get quite cool and damp, making it a great time to wander the city’s museums.


Top things to do in Auckland

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is about a 45-minute ferry ride from the Auckland CBD. This beautiful, hilly island offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, and cycling. Some of the most popular things to do are rent bikes or visit the island’s wineries, which produce great quality wines and usually have beautiful restaurants where you can spend an afternoon sipping a glass of refreshing sauvignon blanc.

Ponsonby

Ponsonby is one of Auckland’s hippest neighborhoods, located just a short walk from the CBD. It’s home to chic bars, pop-up food stalls, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving live music and DJ scene. This is where you’ll also find a number of creative and literary outlets, including independent bookstores, galleries, and artisan boutiques.

The Sky Tower

Standing at 328 meters tall and visible from virtually everywhere in Auckland, the Sky Tower is one of the tallest structures in the southern hemisphere. There is a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at the top. You can walk along the exterior edge of the Sky Tower on the SkyWalk.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Auckland?

    Auckland has a temperate maritime climate. Summers, from December to February, are typically warm with temperatures around 75°F (24°C). Winters, from June to August, are cooler and damp, with temperatures averaging 57°F (14°C). Remember to pack a raincoat, as rainfall is distributed throughout the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Auckland?

    Visitors often explore the Auckland Art Gallery, hike the trails of Auckland Domain, or take a ferry ride to the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, is another frequently suggested place to visit.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Auckland?

    The most frequented time to visit Auckland is during the warm summer months, from December to February. This period coincides with various local events like the Auckland Arts Festival in March, and the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, a historic sailing event, in late January.

  • What are the best places to stay in Auckland?

    Explore possibilities in the Central Business District, a hub bustling with shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Parnell, a neighborhood with unique charm and art galleries, is another favorite spot. Ponsonby, known for its Victorian villas and trendy boutiques, is also frequently suggested.

  • What are the best places to visit in Auckland?

    Consider visiting the Auckland War Memorial Museum, exploring the Wintergardens in Auckland Domain, or strolling down the vibrant Ponsonby Road. Mount Eden, one of Auckland’s largest volcanic cones offering panoramic views of the city, is a favoured spot among visitors.

  • What are some hiking trails in Auckland?

    Embark on the Rangitoto Summit Track, a trail that leads to the top of a volcanic island, or the Coast-to-Coast Walkway, which showcases diverse landscapes of the city. The Waitakere Ranges also offer numerous hiking opportunities, such as the Kitekite Falls Track.

  • What are some family activities to do in Auckland?

    Families often enjoy the Auckland Zoo, which houses diverse wildlife, or the SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, with its abundant sea life and interactive exhibits. The Auckland Museum, which provides a glimpse into New Zealand's history, is another option.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Auckland?

    Why not spend a day on Waiheke Island, known for its stunning beaches and vineyards? Another option is Rangitoto Island, where you can hike to the summit of a dormant volcano. A trip to Piha, a coastal settlement, might also appeal if you enjoy black-sand beaches and surfing.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Auckland?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 4,400 vacation rentals in Auckland featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Auckland?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Auckland. Choose from more than 1,490 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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