Feeling the urge to travel again? Don’t overlook some fabulous holiday options that can be accessed in your own backyard. Jump in and be a tourist in your own city. 

From New Zealand’s first 5 ‘green star’ hotel to luxury hotels with stunning views, Auckland City has some amazing places for you to stay. Offering comfort, luxe and unforgettable experiences, we’ve picked out some of our favourite city central hotels that are ready to welcome you for a perfect weekend retreat.

Whether for a special occasion, a girls weekend away or just the feeling of a break from your daily routine, indulge in a sumptuous staycation in Central Auckland and start booking now.

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Cordis, Auckland

Located in the vibrant uptown area near Upper Queen Street and Karangahape Road (K Road), the newly opened 17-storey Pinnacle Tower offers an additional 244 rooms that makes Cordis Auckland the largest hotel in terms of room count in New Zealand, with breath-taking 360° views of Auckland's iconic landmarks including Rangitoto Island, Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower, Mount Eden and One Tree Hill.

From its central location, Cordis is the perfect spot to start on your journey with some shopping on K Road, then explore the beautiful Auckland Museum, have a stroll around Auckland Domain and make your way back to the hotel to enjoy a heavenly massage at Chuan Spa – the perfect way to relax after a long day.

If you want to add a sparkle to your stay, K Road’s nightlife is a colourful and lively experience. The resort also offers daily special activities for kids, including their mascot panda CODY dishing up candy floss on weekends – a special treat not to miss. 

Perfect for: The award winning Chuan Spa for relaxation; K Road’s eclectic mix of alternative art and events, unique hospitality and independent retailers; The breath-taking 360° views of Auckland’s landmarks from the upper floors of the hotel. 

Hilton Auckland

Sitting on the end of Princes Wharf, this beautiful nautically-inspired hotel features spectacular harbour and city views. New Zealand Maritime Museum, Commercial Bay and The Viaduct are only a few steps away (within a 10-minute walk). And what makes Hilton Auckland different from any other hotel, is that you can get a unique view of the harbour through its outdoor lap pool underwater viewing window.  

The hotel also has its own restaurant – Fish Restaurant, where you can enjoy seasonal and sustainably sourced fresh seafood dishes.

Make sure to check out Bellini bar on the ground floor of the hotel. It is a glamorous cocktail spot offering harbour views and a Mediterranean-inspired menu, where you can sip on a glass of martini right next to an indoor fire pit.

Plus, for some fun you can book Bellini’s famous mixology masterclass, where you will learn how to make three classic styles of cocktail with the help of one of Bellini’s expert mixologists.

Perfect for: A weekend away with friends and the fun Mixology Masterclass in Bellini Bar.

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The Hotel Britomart

Located in the heart of Britomart, this hotel offers 65+ retailers, shops, and boutiques nearby. It is just a few steps away from Auckland’s beautiful waterfront and ferry terminal. The Hotel Britomart is New Zealand’s first 5 green star hotel. 

Be sure to visit kingi on the ground floor of the heritage Masonic house, right beside The Hotel Britomart. It’s down Tuawhiti Lane and it’s named in honour of the kingfish. kingi advocates for sustainable fishing and supports independent fishermen and women around New Zealand. Stroll around The Pavilions for some great shopping and sit back and relax with a drink at the nearby bars.  

Perfect for: A gateway in the city with some of Auckland’s amazing shops and restaurants on its doorstep.

Sudima Auckland City

Sudima Auckland City is a brand new 4.5-star hotel in the heart of the city. You will love conveniently located the hotel is. Journey up to the Sky Tower to discover the biggest panoramic 360 degrees views of Auckland.

While you are there, how about challenging your sense of adventure and get your adrenaline pumping. We recommend you try out the SkyWalk and SkyJump as well as indulging in a unique dining experience at East.

We heard that a rooftop bar will be opening on the top – perfect to enjoy expansive views of Auckland Harbour whilst sipping on a cocktail and catching up with friends.

Perfect for: Its urban design and the popular restaurant East, a modern-Asian vegetarian restaurant that needs to be added to your must-try list.

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The Grand by SkyCity

Located in the heart of Auckland’s central city, right next to many of the city’s great attractions and restaurants, experience elegant sophistication from the moment you arrive at The Grand by SkyCity.

You are in for a treat if you haven’t experience dining at SkyCity Auckland before. Federal Street is home to many flavours and styles of cuisine.

Indulge in a morning coffee at Depot, choose from a delectable range of sandwiches at Federal Delicatessen, or sample an Italian-inspired fresh pasta dish at Gusto, there’s something for all taste buds.

Additionally, the award-winning East Day Spa will be the perfect spot for you to stop and enjoy some rejuvenating time for the mind, body and soul at the end of your day.

Perfect for: Relaxing and unwinding at East Day Spa; venturing up the Sky Tower; and exploring the worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy with Wētā Workshop Unleashed’s tours.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Experience modern luxury with a French Art de Vivre at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Boasting panoramic views of the Waitemata harbour, this beautiful hotel is a true landmark destination that exudes a chic design with a French touch.

Expect to feel like you are travelling through the Champagne region of France when you step into Salon Avize. It boasts beautiful chandeliers made of handmade ceramic petals that resemble the geranium flowers of the region.Feeling like you’re in France doesn’t stop there.  La Maree restaurant (which means “the tides” in French) will be the place where you can enjoy a French-inspired culinary experience. Meanwhile Sabrage Champagne Bar pays homage to Napoleon’s tradition of celebration, slicing the top off a bottle of champagne with a sabre.

Don’t forget to indulge in the prestigious treatments at Sofitel Spa, where caring wellness experts will pamper you from head-to-toe, using targeted products made by prestigious French brands.

Perfect for:  a French luxury staycation without leaving the city.

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Fable Auckland

Located right in the heart of the city, on Queen Street, Fable Auckland (previously known as Hotel Grand Windsor) is a beautiful heritage hotel built in 1928.

The hotel is right on the doorstep of luxury international shopping brands including Dior, Gucci and Bulgari to name just a few.

Within easy walking distance to a wide range of restaurants that will satisfy all your tastebuds. Make sure to check out Harbour Eats in Commercial Bay and the amazing restaurants scattered along Quay Street.

If you are looking for one of the best high teas in Auckland, make sure to try Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar’s signature high tea.

Perfect for:  A romantic getaway and the signature high tea at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar - an afternoon delight.

Park Hyatt Auckland

Looking for a luxurious 5-star experience? Retreat to Park Hyatt Auckland. The hotel is perfectly located on the water’s edge of the Waitematā Harbour and offers incredible views across Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and the harbour. Park Hyatt’s renowned service will make you feel at home.

Plus, you will be greeted by the cutest resident of the hotel – a lovely Labrador that enjoys welcoming guests.  Make sure you pay a visit to Captain’s bar after a long day of sailing or exploring the city centre. Sit by the fireplace, or the outdoor terrace to take in the stunning views of the Sky Tower and basin. You are also a stone’s throw away from the vibrant restaurants and nightlife in The Viaduct. 

Perfect for: Stunning views of Waitematā Harbour and the Sky Tower; The vibrant restaurants and night life in The Viaduct; The spa and outdoor heated infinity pool in Park Hyatt.

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QT Auckland

Featuring views of Waitematā Harbour, we recommend you sit back and sip on a cocktail at rooftop bar QT.

Located on the sixth-floor of the hotel, this bar offers panoramic views of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Enjoy a delicious meal at its signature restaurant Esther, by internationally renowned chef Sean Connolly.

Follow this up by recharging in one of the hotel’s 150 rooms and suites.

Plus, QT Auckland is pet friendly. So, no need to leave your furry friends at home. 

Perfect for: Champagne with sunset views

Heritage Auckland

Set within one of the city centre's most recognisable historic landmark buildings (the iconic Farmers department store), Heritage Auckland is an hotel with history and prestige.

You can choose to stay between two distinctive wings: one with a traditional style, the other more modern.

So, if you’re stuck for long weekend ideas, a staycation at Heritage Auckland is within easy walking distance to some of the best of Auckland's attractions and has access to a rooftop pool with harbour views.

Perfect for: The rooftop heated swimming pool with panoramic views of Auckland.

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