Destination guide

Get your culture kicks in this Down Under wonder

Come live it up in New Zealand's largest and most dynamic city! Set around a sparkling harbor peppered with bright white sails, this friendly destination is home to about a third of the Kiwi population and has a laid-back, outdoorsy lifestyle. It's within easy reach of vineyards, powdery white beaches, and island retreats. There are also plenty of cosmopolitan pursuits, from fine museums and galleries to an excellent and diverse choice of gourmet restaurants. It's no surprise that the city is regularly voted as one of the most liveable in the world.

Things to do

Want your fix of fascinating Maori heritage? You've come to the right place

The cavernous, neoclassical Auckland War Memorial Museum has everything from Maori treasures to fossils to hands-on galleries for kids. If you time your visit right, you'll get to see a high-energy rendition of the Maori haka (war dance). Set in a striking modern building, the Auckland Art Gallery is home to over 15,000 works of art ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, including outstanding works by Maori and Pacific Island artists. For spectacular views over the city's skyline, a giddying ride up to the top of the Sky Tower is essential.


Craving some action? Live it up in the great NZ outdoors

Few big cities are as outdoorsy as this place, and Auckland vacation rentals will never be far from the action. Getting out on the water is a must when you're in town, and sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and swimming can all be done in and around the harbor and along the gorgeous coastline. Or, pay a visit to Waiheke Island to tour the local vineyards, take a hike in nearby bushland, or strap on some rollerblades and join the locals in one of the city's many parks or boulevards.


Need room to breathe? Stick to the shoulder seasons

The best time to visit Auckland is in the fall (April to May) and the beginning of spring (September to October). These shoulder months offer mild weather and perfect walking conditions, as well as fewer crowds. During peak season (November through March), you'll be faced with large traveler numbers and higher prices on Auckland vacation rentals, but you'll also find warmer temperatures and less rain, so the weather is perfect for the beach. Between May and September, both temperatures and tourism drop off as the locals head inside for the winter.

Natural features

Seaside delights and big city lights in this North Island metropolis

You're never far from a beach in Auckland vacation rentals, and there are plenty within reach of the city. The central city lies across an isthmus on New Zealand's North Island. Waitemata Harbour, the city's main focus, opens out towards the Pacific Ocean to the east, while the shallow Manukau Harbour opens out to the Tasman Sea on its west. Off the city's east coast are the popular islands of Waiheke, Rangitoto, and Motutapu. To the north of the city is the crisp Riverhead Forest, while to the south are the green expanses of the Hunua Ranges.

Where to stay around Auckland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,702 vacation rentals near Auckland. From 292 Condos/Apartments to 1,094 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Auckland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Auckland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Auckland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Auckland City: 1,149 vacation rentals
  • Waiheke Island: 414 vacation rentals
  • Auckland CBD: 159 vacation rentals
  • Newmarket: 18 vacation rentals
  • Piha Beach: 420 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Auckland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Auckland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Auckland:

  • Auckland City: 1,149 rentals
  • Waiheke Island: 414 rentals
  • Piha: 106 rentals
  • Matakana: 236 rentals
  • Snells Beach: 245 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Auckland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Auckland are:

  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 580 vacation rentals
  • Great Barrier Island Airport (GBZ): 51 vacation rentals
  • Ardmore Airport (AMZ): 811 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Auckland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Auckland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Piha Beach: 420 rentals
  • Princes Wharf: 1,105 rentals
  • Auckland Central City Library: 1,100 rentals
  • Matakana Village: 398 rentals
  • Auckland Onehunga Station: 1,028 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Auckland 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.

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