A Guide to Cheap Weekly Accommodation in the Auckland Region
From bush to beach, there is a lot to explore in the Auckland region! Auckland is more than the central area with the Sky Tower in the middle. Surf, islands, forest hikes: you are likely to find all these in Auckland’s regional parks and outer districts. Whether you are working as part of a working holiday or a student in Auckland, you will find cheap long-term accommodation in the Auckland region.
Because Greater Auckland is split into many districts, we have put together a quick list of the districts where you are likely to find some cheap weekly accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are from Auckland Central. This 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 the Auckland region!
Which Auckland District to Find Long-Term Accommodation?
There is cheap weekly accommodation found all over the Auckland region. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in each Auckland district in relation to Auckland city centre. For more about Auckland and its inner-city suburbs, read our Cheap Long-Term Accommodation Guide to Auckland City Central.
Note: CBD refers to Central Business District i.e. Auckland Central. Plus, for more information on getting around, check out Public Transport in Auckland.
- Manukau – Location: South Auckland. Distance from CBD: 25min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.
- Franklin – Location: South Auckland. Distance from CBD: 50min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$190.
- Waitakere – Location: West Auckland. Distance from CBD: 30min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$215.
- North Shore – Location: North Auckland. Distance from CBD: 20min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.
- Rodney – Location: North Auckland. Distance from CBD: 30-1h15min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$210.
- Hauraki Gulf – Location: eastern islands off the coast of Auckland. Distance from CBD: 30min-2h30min ferry. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$200.
Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.
For Auckland Central and the inner suburbs, such as Central, Ponsonby, Parnell, Mt Eden, Newmarket and more, check out the Long -Term Accommodation Guide to Auckland City Central.
Hostels in the Auckland Region
Hostels are a good place to start when looking for cheap long-term accommodation in the Auckland region. Not only do they provide an affordable base for rental-hunting but many also offer weekly rates.
There are 20+ hostels throughout the Auckland region, from your island getaways in Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island to conveniently placed backpackers in Manakau near the airport. We list some of the top Auckland region hostels in the 10 Hostels in Auckland That Will Get You to See More Than the City Centre.
Expect to find the most hostels in more touristy destinations and the odd one near picking work opportunities in north Auckland. Because hostels are quite dispersed in the Auckland region, you may find more convenient options in campgrounds, holiday parks and Airbnb.
Hostel prices in Greater Auckland usually start from NZ$30 per bed per night. We always recommend booking your bed a week or two in advance during summer. You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in a Greater Auckland hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.
Renting a Room in the Auckland Region
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 are studying. You are much more likely to find a room to rent in one of the Auckland districts rather than in Central Auckland. However, availability is much more limited compared to many other locations in New Zealand due to the fact that the region is so populated. Expect a room to rent in the Greater Auckland region to be around NZ$19-$220 per week. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change. That’s a room to yourself in a flatshare or houseshare.
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.
Airbnb in the Auckland Region
Stay with a local Aucklander (or JAFA, as they are known) in one of Auckland’s delightful districts. Airbnb, the online network of people’s spare rooms available for accommodation, is particularly huge in North Shore and Rodney (more specifically the Hibiscus Coast). You may also find some cheap rooms in Manakau and Franklin.
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 the Auckland region.
Although the average Airbnb price in Greater Auckland is NZ$320, you can still find an array of NZ$40-$120 rooms. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.
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.
Campgrounds and Holiday Parks in the Auckland Region
The Auckland Region is ideal for those who love camping, staying in a campervan and lapping up the great outdoors. There are 44 campgrounds across Auckland’s regional parks, from beachfront to bush, that are run by the Auckland Council, and 9 Department of Conservation campsites. Most campgrounds in Auckland require a booking and a small fee. For a full list of these campsites and holiday parks, check out Where to Camp in Auckland and 5 Free Camping Spots in Auckland.
For information about what to expect at a campsite, check out our guide to Camping in New Zealand.
Extra facilities and a wider range of accommodation can be found in the holiday parks and motor camps throughout the Auckland region. Here, you are spoiled for choice – see the listings in Where to Camp in Auckland. More information on what facilities to expect at holiday parks can be found in the Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.
More About the Auckland Region
That’s it for our guide to cheap long-term accommodation in the Auckland region. Here’s everything else you need to know about staying in the Auckland region: