Accommodation on the North Island
Harbourside hotels and more in Auckland
The harbour-bound City of Sails is New Zealand's largest urban centre, boasting incredible inner-city bungee jumping opportunities, a thriving food and wine culture and proud Maori heritage. SKYCITY alone has a wide selection of stylish suites to its name, with many more upmarket and budget-friendly hotel options throughout the city.
Arguably no one offers a harbour view quite like the 5-star Hilton Auckland, but fellow luxury players Pullman, Stamford Plaza and Sofitel Viaduct Harbour each present their own range of award-winning extras. If you're only in town for a stopover, consider checking in to the Novotel, Best Western or Holiday Inn near the airport in Manukau.
Wellington's wealth of deluxe stays
Country capital and cultural mecca, windy Wellington has more cafes and bars than you could ever ask for, is home to the iconic national museum Te Papa, and host of the annual sell-out Wellington Sevens rugby tournament.
There is a great assortment of New Zealand North Island accommodation to be found in Wellington. Choose a luxurious stay at the Bolton Hotel in the heart of the business and shopping district, or at the reputable InterContinental. If aesthetic is important, book your stay at the Museum Art Hotel Apartments, or make yourself at home at the Copthorne Oriental Bay, Novotel or Rydges for guaranteed comfort and style.
More choices mid-island
There's plenty of the North Island to discover between Auckland and Wellington. Base yourself on the banks of the beautiful Waikato River in Hamilton, where choices range from highly rated motor inns to the 4.5-star Novotel Tainui and the cosy self-contained apartments at Quest.
Get a taste of New Zealand's active side in Rotorua or Taupo – famous for geothermal wonders and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Rotorua accommodation includes a handful of 5-star lakeside lodges such as Peppers on the Point, while Taupo – at the edge of a pristine lake of the same name – is home to the resplendent Hilton.