Budget Hotels New Zealand
The harbor-front city of Auckland, based at the northern end of New Zealand’s North Island, is incredibly accommodating to city explorers traveling on a tight budget. The downtown CBD, covered in buzzing bars, restaurants, and boutiques, and loomed over by the futuristic Sky Tower skyscraper, is dotted with affordable hotels. Slightly out of this area, at the northern end of the University of Auckland campus, beside the waterfront, offers a few inexpensive accommodations. The southern suburb of Ellerslie is a cheap place to stay, too.
Cheap hotels in Auckland
Nomads Fat Camel Hostel is a backpacker’s paradise – this totally cheap, centrally located haven boasts shared and private rooms, a handy 24-hour front desk, in-house laundry service, and a sociable bar lounge. The Jucy Snooze is an inexpensive central hotel boasting cozy, sleek and modern rooms, an on-site car rental facility, and tranquil tree-shaded garden space. The Auckland Northshore Motels and Holiday Park is an outer-Auckland countryside getaway based near the harbor beach, offering barbecue grills, an indoor pool, and picnic areas onsite.
Where to find cheap food in Auckland
Central Auckland is speckled with cheap food courts serving up hot, filling Asian cuisine at incredibly low prices. Downtown is a particularly popular food court area, so too is Uptown. In Uptown, you’ll find a smattering of cheap Mexican stalls as well, serving affordable and authentic burritos and tacos. There are inexpensive student-oriented cafés and bistros dotted around the University campus. For truly cheap dining, stock up on snacks from a central supermarket and treat yourself to an outdoor picnic in one of Auckland’s luscious parks.
Cheap things to do in Auckland
Art fiends will be happy to find that the Auckland Art Gallery offers free entry to its permanent exhibits. This sprawling gallery consists of a stately French Renaissance white stone building and a modern glass and timber extension. Inside, discover halls and corridors of art work: international and local, old world and contemporary. Backpackers visiting Auckland during its searing summer can relax and unwind on the rolling golden sands of Mission Bay beach, east of the center. If you’re after more free and rejuvenating outdoor Auckland activities, head to Cornwall Park, a vast central green space of flower gardens, fountains, and glades, crowned by One Tree Hill, a grassy volcanic cone offering sweeping city views. History buffs, meanwhile, can learn about New Zealand’s maritime heritage at the harbor-front New Zealand Maritime Museum – entry is completely free.
Cheap ways to get around Auckland
If you’re spending most of your time in Auckland’s central downtown area and along the harbor front, you’ll find it’s quite possible to get around by foot, or by rental bike – there are plenty of affordable bike rental facilities in the city. Auckland’s irregular city layout and abundance of surrounding outer-city sights, however, means that you’ll likely need another means of transport, too. Luckily, the city’s extensive public transport network of buses, trains, and ferries is affordable and easy-to-use.