Destination guide

Auckland City holiday homes to rent

With its beautiful beaches, challenging hiking trails and vibrant islands surrounding an urban environment, Auckland City is a premier destination for a holiday. The warm, sunny climate, excellent cuisine and infusion of Polynesian culture create the perfect backdrop of boundless opportunities for fun and adventure, all within reach of holiday homes to rent.


Heritage sites near Auckland city holiday homes

Auckland City has a rich military and cultural history that’s displayed in various museums and landmarks in the area. Holiday homes can be found near such sites as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, a neoclassical museum with army and regional history exhibits, and Auckland Domain, a large city park with regional museums, memorials and a blast crater from the Pukekawa volcano. The New Zealand Maritime Museum, a museum with seafaring artefacts and opportunities for sailing on a heritage vessel, and the Museum of Transport and Technology, a working technology museum with an original 1877 pump house and vintage cars, are also popular sites for history buffs.

Things to do

Attractions near Auckland City holiday rentals

Auckland City is diverse, with a variety of attractions to suit all ages and tastes. Holiday homes can be found near Sky Tower, a landmark tower with panoramic views, a revolving restaurant and bungee jumping, and Waiheke Island, a populated island with adventure tours and wineries. Nature lovers will enjoy Rangitoto Island, an active volcano with hiking trails, ocean kayaking, a pohutukawa forest and lava tubes to explore, or SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, a marine park with glass viewing tunnels and wildlife shows to experience the native aquatic species. The Auckland Zoo, a vast space with exotic animals in naturalistic environments, is also great for animal lovers.


Activities and attractions in and around Auckland

Do you want to find things to do while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Auckland has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Auckland Zoo (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Gulfwind Sailing Academy (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Parnell Baths (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Penny Whiting Sailing School (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Chamberlain Park Public Golf Course (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
Outdoor activities

Adventure near Auckland City holiday homes

New Zealand is a rich, natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers looking for new thrills in an exciting landscape. Bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting, skydiving, ziplining, off-roading, climbing, rappelling, canyoning and caving are popular for thrill seekers in all seasons. Skiing and snowboarding are common in New Zealand winters, though most travellers seek out the water activities in the area’s beautiful oceans, rivers and lakes. Kayaking, sailing, boat cruises, diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding opportunities are endless in Auckland City. Cycling, mountain biking, golf, motorcycling, rugby, hiking, nature walks and wildlife tours are also popular ways to explore the environment.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Auckland

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Auckland. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mt. Eden (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Auckland Domain (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • One Tree Hill Domain (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Oneroa Beach (14.4 mi / 23.2 km)
  • Onetangi Beach (17.8 mi / 28.7 km)
  • Piha Beach (18 mi / 29 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Auckland

Fly into Auckland (AKL-Auckland Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Auckland Britomart Station, Auckland Grafton Station and Auckland Mt Eden Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport to Auckland City holiday rentals

Auckland City offers several transport options to get between New Zealand islands and around the region. Planes and ferries offer regular travel between islands, and once in Auckland City, rental cars, motorhomes, buses and coaches are the preferred mode of travel. Trains and water taxis are also available, though many travellers prefer to walk or bike to nearby destinations from their holiday homes.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Auckland City

Auckland City shares in the Pacific Rim cuisine of New Zealand, which features delicious seafood like green-lipped mussels, crayfish, lobster, oysters and fresh-caught fish. Lamb, gourmet cheese, craft beer, fine wine and distinctive tastes derived from Polynesian culture also find their way into many of the area’s top restaurants, making Auckland City dining an experience all its own. Whatever you’re craving, eateries near local holiday accommodation offer a range of options to suit every taste.

Where to stay near Auckland City?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,395 holiday rentals near Auckland City. From 754 Houses to 436 Condos/Apartments, 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 City is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Auckland City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Auckland City:

  • Auckland CBD: 326 holiday homes
  • Palm Beach: 140 holiday homes
  • North Shore: 170 holiday homes
  • Campbells Bay: 26 holiday homes
  • Oneroa: 298 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Auckland City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Auckland City. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Viaduct Harbour: 1,326 holiday rentals
  • Auckland Domain: 1,318 holiday rentals
  • Auckland Newmarket Station: 1,313 holiday rentals
  • Auckland Central City Library: 1,316 holiday rentals
  • Alexandra Park: 1,292 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Auckland City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Auckland City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 754 Houses in Auckland City. Our other popular types of Auckland City holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 436 holiday houses
  • Villas: 14 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 75 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Auckland City?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 205 holiday homes with pool available in Auckland City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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