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.


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 1,523 holiday rentals near Auckland Region. From 278 Condos/Apartments to 961 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 HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Auckland City: 1,187 holiday rentals
  • Waiheke Island: 445 holiday rentals
  • North Shore: 196 holiday rentals
  • Ponsonby: 51 holiday rentals
  • Devonport: 17 holiday rentals

HomeAway 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: 1,187 holiday homes
  • Waiheke Island: 445 holiday homes
  • Piha: 98 holiday homes
  • Orewa: 156 holiday homes
  • Red Beach: 176 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): 573 holiday houses
  • Ardmore Airport (AMZ): 825 holiday houses
  • Great Barrier Island Airport (GBZ): 54 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?

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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse: 1,098 holiday rentals
  • Mount Mangere: 986 holiday rentals
  • New Zealand Film Archive: 1,129 holiday rentals
  • Little Manly Beach: 982 holiday rentals
  • Viaduct Harbour: 1,136 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Auckland Region listed on HomeAway 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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