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Auckland City: A Guide to Cheap Long-Term Accommodation [2022]

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A Guide to Cheap Weekly Accommodation in Auckland City

Welcome to Auckland! New Zealand’s largest city, built on volcanoes and looking out into the stunning waters and islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Whether you are here because you have arrived on your working holiday or you’re studying at the University of Auckland, it’s likely that you will need to find some cheap long-term accommodation in Auckland City. We’ll help you there.

Because Auckland is a pretty big place, we have put together a quick list of the suburbs where you are likely to find some cheap weekly accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are to Auckland’s city centre. This long-term accommodation guide to Auckland is also split into accommodation types, so you can find both short-term and long-term stays.

So find a place to stay in Auckland using our nifty guide to cheap long-term accommodation in Auckland City!

Which Auckland Suburb to Find Long-Term Accommodation?

There is cheap weekly accommodation found all over Auckland Central including its inner and outer suburbs. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in Auckland’s inner suburbs. For the rest of Auckland’s suburbs and districts, read our Cheap Long-Term Accommodation Guide to Greater Auckland.

Note: CBD refers to “Central Business District” i.e. Auckland Central. Plus, for more information on getting around, check out Public Transport in Auckland.

  • Auckland Central – Location: central. Distance from CBD: you’re in it. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$235.
  • Ponsonby – Location: inner-city suburb west of CBD. Distance from CBD: 11min drive/40min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$235.
  • Parnell – Location: inner-city suburb east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 9min drive/25min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$250.
  • Mt Eden/Newmarket – Location: inner-city suburb south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 15min drive/40min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$210.
  • Grey Lynn – Location: inner-city suburb southwest of CBD. Distance from CBD: 15min drive/50min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$230.
  • Mount Albert – Location: outer city suburb southwest of CBD. Distance from CBD: 15min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$215.
  • Ellerslie – Location: outer city suburb southeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$215.
  • Remuera – Location: outer suburb east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 25min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$220.
  • Mount Wellington – Location: outer suburb southeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 25-30min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$230.
  • Onehunga – Location: outer suburb south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 30min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.

Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

For the rest of Auckland’s suburbs and districts, such as North Shore, Manukau, Waitakere, Beachlands and Hibiscus Coast, check out the Long-Term Accommodation Guide to Greater Auckland.

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Hostels in Auckland City

Hostels are a good place to start when looking for cheap long-term accommodation in Auckland. Not only do they provide an affordable base for rental-hunting but many offer their own weekly rates.

There are 20+ hostels dotted around Auckland Central, from your convenient hostels in the CBD, to your more spacious accommodation in the city suburbs. Expect tower-block style hostels in the CBD, turning to more varied building styles as you head into the suburbs.

Hostel prices in Auckland usually start from NZ$17-$53 per bed per night. However, prices can surge during times of big events. We always recommend booking your bed a couple of weeks in advance in Auckland, especially in summer and especially for our recommended hostels in Auckland. You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in an Auckland hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.

For a complete list of hostels in Auckland Central, check out Auckland Central – Guide for Backpackers, and for Auckland Suburbs, check out Auckland Suburbs – Guide for Backpackers.

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Renting a Room in Auckland City

Renting a room is common practice in Auckland to keep the price to a minimum when staying in for the long term, usually done if you have landed a job in Auckland as part of a working holiday or studying in Auckland. Saying that, it is no secret that Auckland has some of the highest rent prices in the country and is the most competitive. Expect a room to rent in Auckland Central and the inner suburbs to be around NZ$190-$280 per week. That’s a room to yourself in a flatshare or houseshare. You may find cheaper, around the NZ$150 per week mark, for a shared room. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

For advice on how to find a room to rent in Auckland, have a look at our 6 Resources to Find a Room to Rent in New Zealand. Renting a room involves a more complicated process than staying in short-term accommodation, so get clued up by reading The Paperwork Process of Renting or Flatting in New Zealand.

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Airbnb in Auckland City

Stay with an Aucklander (or JAFA, as they are known) in Auckland’s city centre and inner suburbs. Airbnb, the online network of people’s “spare rooms” available for accommodation, is huge in Auckland.

Like hostels, Airbnb stays can provide a cheap room while finding something long term. Alternatively, some Airbnb hosts offer weekly rates for cheap long-term accommodation in Auckland.

Although the average price for a room in Auckland Central is NZ$240 per night, you can find an array of NZ$35-$130 rooms in the inner city suburbs. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change. 

Consider an Airbnb room for more convenient inner suburb locations and something different from the hostel experience.

For more information on Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand and 10 Tips to Make the Most of Airbnb in New Zealand.

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Campgrounds and Holiday Parks in Auckland City

Love the great outdoors or just can’t leave your campervan? Well, Auckland Central is going to be a tough one for you. Having a self-contained vehicle widens your options to four or five inner suburb campgrounds and holiday parks. Freedom camping is not allowed anywhere in Auckland Central.

For a full list of where you can camp in Auckland Central, including campsites and holiday parks, check out Where to Camp in Auckland and 5 Free Camping Spots in Auckland.

The Auckland region itself is home to tens of campgrounds and holiday parks, which means that if you are determined to stay in your campervan, car or tent overnight, then you better be prepared to travel into the CBD.

For information about camping, check out our guide to Camping in New Zealand.

More About Auckland City Central

That’s it for our guide to cheap long-term accommodation in Auckland. Here’s everything else you need to know about staying in Auckland city:

Author

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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