Lord of the Rings may have put New Zealand on the tourism map, but its biggest city is a far cry from Middle Earth. Luxury hotels are changing the seaside landscape, yet Auckland retains its sense of history and Kiwi hospitality. Hit the rooftop bars in the bustling CBD (central business district) or escape to an island vineyard; just don’t leave without sampling the fresh oysters.

Where to Stay

  • SO/ Auckland
    For the stylish esthetic
  • Hotel DeBrett
    For the Instagrammable design
  • Franklin 38
    For the elevated B&B charm
  • Fable Auckland
    For the historic glamour
  • Heritage Auckland
    For top-rated amenities
  • Four Points by Sheraton Auckland
    For the city’s best view
  • Delamore Lodge
    For the Waiheke Island setting