Auckland prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$70.84   
10 NZD = 8.62 USD
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Auckland hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
16.38 - 26.72
star
26.72 - 60.34
starstar
42.24 - 111.21
starstarstar
59.48 - 172.41
starstarstarstar
76.72 - 153.45
starstarstarstarstar
140.52 - 235.34


hotel seasons

Hotels in Auckland have two very predictable seasons, though prices don’t change too dramatically between them, especially on the bottom end of the price scale. The high season in Auckland is from October through March, which of course is late spring to early autumn, when days are warm and long.

The low season for hotels in Auckland is generally from April through September. Still, there is quite a bit of tourism near the beginning and end of that period, and quite a bit of business during the whole year, so it’s usually wise to book a place in advance if you can manage.


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Auckland is obviously the main entry point for those coming to New Zealand, but it’s definitely not the main reason itself. This is a city that is worth a look around for a day or two, especially if you are dealing with jetlag, but not one worth lingering in. It’s one of the more expensive places in New Zealand as well.

Prices in Auckland largely depend on the current strength or weakness of the New Zealand dollar to your own currency. There’s been quite a bit of volatility in the past few years, and when the NZ$ is strong this can be an expensive place.

There are plenty of hostels and hotels waiting for you, and prices are reasonable in the central backpacker neighborhood, which is where you want to be if you are only in town for a day or two. Budget meals are easy to find though the city’s cuisine might disappoint at the same time.

Visiting the Sky Tower is the most popular thing for first-time visitors, and if you’re loaded you can do a sort of simulated bungee jump off the thing.

Auckland attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Auckland Sky Tower The observation deck on top of this huge tower is one of the most popular attractions in Auckland. It's slightly cheaper if you skip the Sky Deck. adults 24.14
5-14 9.48
Skyjump from Sky Tower You're in New Zealand so why not bungee jump right in the center of Auckland from its central tower? adults 193.97
student 168.10
10-15 150.86
National Maritime Museum This popular museum displays the country's rich nautical history. A one-hour cruise adds about 50% to admission. adults 14.66
seniors 12.07
child 7.33

Auckland Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 47.41 - 68.97
Airbus to city center 13.79
Local bus & train to city center 7.76
3km taxi ride in Auckland 10.34 - 12.93
Bus ride in Auckland center 0.43 - 1.64

Auckland food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast If your hotel or hostel doesn't include breakfast then fast food options will usually be a good and cheap breakfast. 5.17 - 7.76
Budget lunch Asian restaurants often have great lunch specials for those on tighter budget. 6.03 - 9.48
Budget dinner Sit-down restaurants in Auckland vary greatly in price, but pubs and bars tend to have good value dinners. 8.62 - 13.79
Beer (pint) Fancy bars will be at the top end of this range, even for domestic lagers, but backpacker pubs and hostels sometimes are even cheaper than this. 3.45 - 6.90
McDonald's Big Mac Auckland isn't known for its gourmet food, especially at the lower end, so you could do worse than a cheap Big Mac. 3.10

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Auckland facts

Population 450,000
Metro area 1,300,000
Time zone UTC+12
Currency New Zealand dollar
Airports Auckland Airport (AKL)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 74 60 3.0
Feb 75 60 2.6
Mar 72 58 3.7
Apr 68 54 4.1
May 63 50 4.1
Jun 59 46 5.5
Jul 58 45 5.8
Aug 59 46 4.8
Sep 61 48 4.6
Oct 64 51 3.6
Nov 67 54 3.7
Dec 71 57 3.6

Weather Advice

Considering how far south of the Equator it is, Auckland has a very mild and pleasant climate all year round. Summers are warm and humid, with temperatures usually peaking in February, but it almost never gets hot enough to where the humidity makes it very pleasant to be outside. Winters are cooler, but not by all that much, so daytime temperatures are comfortable virtually every day of the year.

Auckland has another interesting contrast, with abundant sunshine most of the year, but also quite a bit of rainfall in any given month. Rains tend to come through quickly so with any luck you won’t be there on the rare day when it drizzles for hours and hours in a row.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 7:24am 7:32pm
21 Jun 7:34am 5:11pm
21 Sep 6:13am 6:16pm
21 Dec 5:58am 8:40pm

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