June 12, 2009


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Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand, and is situated on the North Island of the country. Its picturesque position on Waitemata Harbor makes it a city worth spending some time in – which is a good thing, because as the main international gateway to the country you are bound to pass through it at some point! But rather than hopping straight on to another city, book yourself into one of the cheap hotels in Auckland and stay for a couple of days.

This city is a joy to visit, but unlike many other popular tourist destinations (not to mention other big cities), Auckland does not have a very good public transportation system. So when you are looking for cheap hotels in Auckland you will need to pay particular attention to where your hotel is as compared to the things you want to see and do. If you plan to rent a car, you will have no trouble exploring – but if you want to go car-less, be sure you do not end up in a hotel that is too far from the city center.

Auckland has several great museums, an especially notable one being the War Memorial Museum – more than a war museum, it is an excellent museum about the whole country which features Maori art and history. Other touristy highlights include the Botanic Gardens, the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium, and the Sky Tower (the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere). You can also get out of the city without really going too far, if you want to try some light hiking.

A few of the cheap hotels in Auckland you should look into before your trip are City Lodge (in the city center, single rooms available as well as doubles & triples, kitchen available for guest use, internet access available), Best Western President Hotel Auckland (in the city center, 120 rooms, standard hotel rooms and 1-2 bedroom suites available, on-site restaurant, laundry facilities, fitness center, internet & WiFi access available, some parking available), Hotel Formule 1 Auckland (in the city center, 142 rooms, all rooms with balcony, on-site cafe, internet access available, laundry facilities), Arena Hotel (in the city center, 60 rooms, singles through quads available, laundry facilities, 3 on-site restaurants, on-site bar), and CityLife Auckland (in the city center, standard hotel rooms and apartments available, WiFi & internet access available, on-site restaurant & bar, indoor pool, fitness center, laundry facilities, valet parking available).

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