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20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland 🛌🏼 [2023]

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Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Auckland

Welcome to the City of Sails! Auckland city is New Zealand’s largest and most-bustling city with highlights such as the Sky Tower, volcanic cones, off-shore nature reserve islands, beaches, shopping and so much more! What’s more, you don’t have to break the bank to stay in Auckland city. In this list, we’ll go through what we consider some of the best budget accommodations in Auckland!

In making this list, we looked at the best private room options for travellers on a budget. Some accommodations will have added extras that we love, such as free WiFi, kitchen facilities and free parking – something that you will definitely need to keep the costs low in Auckland – while others are just too cheap to ignore!

If you are looking some something cheaper, however, consider staying in a dorm of a backpacker hostel in Auckland. Plus, see which budget accommodations made it to The 50 Best Accommodations in Auckland.

1. ibis budget Auckland Central – Cheap Accommodation in Auckland Central

Kicking off our list of cheap accommodation in Auckland is ibis budget. Modernly designed, ibis budget Auckland Central gives that private hotel room experience without the big price tag. Additionally, enjoy free WiFi and a kitchenette with a stove, microwave, fridge and cooking utensils in each room. They make sticking to a budget way too easy! See how ibis compares to other hotels in the 25 Best Hotels in Auckland.

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2. Empire Apartments

A 10-minute walk from Queen Street in Auckland’s city centre gives Empire Apartments an ideal location. Choose from studio apartments, two or three-bed apartments, or a private room in a shared apartment at some of the cheapest prices available in Auckland Central. Although WiFi is an additional charge and there is no on-site parking, Empire Apartments is an ideal budget accommodation solution if you don’t require the additional frills. For alternative stays with kitchen facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Auckland.

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3. Kiwi International Hotel

Kiwi International Hotel is particularly good for solo travellers wanting a private room at an affordable price. Rooms range from single rooms with shared bathrooms to family rooms and apartments. Free WiFi is available. Plus, Kiwi International Hotel is located on Queens Street right in the heart of the city!

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4. Columbia Apartments

Another excellent but cheap accommodation in Auckland is Columbia Apartments. Relax in your own private apartment or a private room in a shared apartment close to the heart of Auckland city. The apartments have a kitchenette, plus, some of the cheapest prices for double rooms in Auckland city centre. Columbia Apartments are just a 10-minute walk from Queen Street. Needless to say, this one ranks in Places to Stay in Auckland: 50 Best Accommodations.

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5. City Lodge Accommodation (YMCA)

If you like the idea of staying somewhere cheap with the conveniences of communal facilities, like a kitchen and dining area with WiFi, but would prefer a private room, then City Lodge Accommodation is well worth considering. Run by the YMCA, there’s a friendly hostel vibe here but City Lodge provides something a little more “flashpackery” than some of the other hostels in Auckland.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© City Lodge Accommodation

6. Attic Backpackers

Speaking of hostels, if you’re not above a hostel stay then the Attic Backpackers is one of the most highly rated in the city centre. Well-hidden inside a long corridor, up an old lift, behind a locked door and whatever else, this Auckland hostel boasts cool places to kick back and relax with fellow travellers between the large undercover balcony, the spacious kitchen and dining area and the lounge. The accommodation with secure with coded entry and luggage storage available. For more hostels, check out the 30 Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland.

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7. Ponsonby Manor Guest House – Cheap Accommodation in Ponsonby

For a touch of timeless luxury – yet at a reasonable price –Ponsonby Manor Guest House offers a stylish stay in a modernly renovated 1865 mansion. Located in the trendy Ponsonby suburb, the guest house is a five-minute drive/25-minute walk from the city centre. Thanks to its reasonably priced family rooms, this stay is also featured in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Auckland.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© Ponsonby Manor Guest House

8. No. 9 Hotel – Cheap Accommodation in Newmarket

Based in one of Auckland’s most popular shopping precincts, No. 9 Hotel doesn’t just provide affordable private rooms but backpacker dorms with a touch of class. Bunks come with a curtain for added privacy, as well as a USB power point and reading light. Newmarket has great bus and train transport connections with most of the city, plus, lots of shopping opportunities. No. 9 Hotel is about 5 km (3 miles) from the city centre. For more small-scale stays, take a look at the 20 Best Boutique Accommodations in Auckland.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© No. 9 Hotel

9. Bakers Lodge – Cheap Accommodation in South Auckland

If you’re looking for budget accommodation in South Auckland, check out this motel in Papatoetoe. With the Auckland Airport a 10-minute drive and the town centre of Papatoetoe less than 100m away, the location is ideal. Bakers Lodge offers basic double and family rooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as a minimalistic kitchenette with a microwave, kettle (jug) and fridge. Free WiFi is also available.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© Bakers Lodge

10. Flat Bush Holiday Accommodation – Cheap Accommodation in East Auckland

A hotel-esque homestay in East Auckland, Flat Bush Holiday Accommodation certainly offers unique budget accommodation in Auckland. Their “Superior” single, queen and twin rooms with shared bathrooms are their cheapest options. The quirky decor will be pleasing to some, while others will appreciate the convenience of a kitchen. They also offer airport pick-up services.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© Flat Bush Holiday Accommodation

11. Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast – Cheap Accommodation in West Auckland

A charming B&B accommodation in West Auckland with reasonable prices, Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast is well worth considering. There are four queen/king rooms available, each with free breakfast, WiFi, off-street parking, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and more. Rooms share a bathroom, as well as a kitchen/dining area, lounge and a cute little gift shop.

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20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland 🛌🏼 [2023]© Lush & Co Auckland Bed & Breakfast

12. Piha Beachstay Accommodation – Cheap Accommodation in Piha

Getting out of the city, stay at Auckland’s most popular surf beach at the Piha Beachstay Accommodation! Piha is famous for its black sand beach, waterfalls and hikes leading into the Waitakere Ranges. Choose from ensuite double and single rooms, private rooms with a shared bathroom and a dorm room. The accommodation gets a lot of sunlight and great views of the wild west coast of Auckland. Plus, surf gear can be hired on-site.

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20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland 🛌🏼 [2023]© Piha Beachstay Accommodation

13. Verandahs Parkside Lodge

On the edge of the Ponsonby and Freemans Bay suburbs, Verandahs Backpacker Lodge is in close proximity to some of the more characterful areas of Auckland. Also nearby is K Road, known for its alternative nightlife, awesome bargain stores and a whole lot of culture! As for Verandahs, it boasts itself as a more “peaceful” alternative to the party hostels in the city centre, featuring a range of private and shared rooms. Find the hostel just 2 km (1.2 miles) away from the city centre.

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20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland 🛌🏼 [2023]© Verandahs Parkside Lodge

14. Fort Street Accommodation

Formerly Nomads Auckland, Fort Street Accommodation has swapped out the dorm rooms for private single and double rooms with a choice of ensuite or shared bathrooms. They offer some of the cheapest private rooms in the city! The accommodation has a cool rooftop communal kitchen and sundeck with a spa pool so you can make your own meals with the best views.

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15. Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel

Wrapping up our selection of budget accommodation in Auckland is the Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel. With most rooms having their own balcony, this is one of the cheapest places to stay in Auckland for those city or harbour views (although, it’s still a little bit more expensive than others on this list). Guests get 2GB of free WiFi daily, plus their secure parking garage is ideal for those on a road trip to avoid those heftier Auckland parking prices. What’s more, these apartments are pretty much close to all the CBD attractions.

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© Nesuto St Martins Apartment Hotel

16. The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre

If you want something a little extra for your budget stay in Auckland, why not try staying in one of the inner suburbs? The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre is just a 10-minute walk from the Auckland Domain which connects the suburb of Parnell to the city centre or just simply hop on a bus into the city. This hotel is a budget accommodation in Auckland that offers a few luxuries such as free WiFi, free parking, en-suite rooms and free morning newspaper delivery. How delightful!

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10 BEST Budget Accommodations in Auckland City 🛌🏼 [2023]© The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre

17. [CLOSED] Princeton Apartments

Among some of the cheapest double room accommodation close to Auckland’s CBD, Princeton Apartments offers double rooms in shared two-bedroom apartments or whole apartments. Each apartment has kitchen facilities (get inspired with our 10 Easy Meals to Cook in a Hostel in 10 Minutes) or treat yourself to Indian or Japanese food at their on-site restaurant. Not bad for budget accommodation in Auckland!

18. [CLOSED] Jucy Snooze Auckland

Next on our list of cheap accommodation in Auckland is Jucy Snooze Auckland. Just a five-minute walk from Queen Street, Jucy Snooze has the advantage of a super central location yet on one of the quieter streets of the CBD. They offer undercover and secure parking, plus 30 minutes of free WiFi per day. Additionally, keep the costs low by using their guest kitchen or barbecue. There are a variety of private rooms available.

19. [CLOSED] Central City Apartment

As they say in New Zealand, this one’s “a steal”. Get your own apartment in Auckland Central complete with one double room, kitchen with an oven and all the utensils you’ll need, lounge and bathroom. Plus, free WiFi and parking are included. The city centre is just a 15-minute walk or an even quicker bus ride. The apartment is more of an “Airbnb” style than a big commercial operation.

20. [CLOSED] 215 Edinburgh Castle

Live like a local and stay in the bustling suburb of Mt Eden. The location is between the city centre and the popular attraction of Mt Eden – Auckland’s highest natural landmark offerings walks and views of the city. 215 Edinburgh Castle has private single, double and family rooms, plus an on-site bar and restaurant.

More Budget Accommodations in Auckland

That’s it for our list of the best budget accommodations in Auckland, but it’s by no means the end of our advice! Check out the following guides for more trip-planning tips:

Finally, if there’s anything that we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Auckland on a Budget.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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