A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Auckland vs. Port-of-Spain for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Auckland and Port-of-Spain can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Auckland or Port-of-Spain?

Auckland

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand on an isthmus between the Northland Peninsula and the other parts of the North Island. Auckland is not only a city but also a region. In 2010 New Zealand combined what had previously been four separate cities into one region. These cities include the southern city of Manukau, the western city of Waitakere, the North Shore in the north, and Auckland City. The City of Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia and is very diverse with many expatriates from elsewhere in Polynesia. This diversity becomes most apparent in Auckland's many festivals and sporting events.

Port-of-Spain

Located on the northwest coast of Trinidad island, Port of Spain is the capital of the Caribbean island nation Trinidad & Tobago. It is a hub of activity, especially during the celebration of Carnival for which the island nation is famous.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to New Zealand, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in New Zealand.


Which place is cheaper, Port-of-Spain or Auckland?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Auckland is $144, while the average daily cost in Port-of-Spain is $173. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Auckland and Port-of-Spain in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Auckland $91
    Port-of-Spain $80
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Auckland $182
    Port-of-Spain $160
Compare Hotels in Auckland and Port-of-Spain

Looking for a hotel in Auckland or Port-of-Spain? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Auckland


Hotels in Port-of-Spain


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Auckland Hotel Prices and Port-of-Spain Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Auckland $16
    Port-of-Spain $49
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Auckland

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Auckland:


  • Bus from Airport
    $9.85
  • Airport Shuttle
    $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Auckland

Also for Auckland, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Auckland Airport Private Transfer: $85
  • Airport Transfer From Auckland Airport To Auckland City: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Business Car: $93
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Luxury Car: $108
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland City by Sedan Car: $84
  • Auckland Airport & Ground Transfers - Private Luxury Car/ Van.: $122
  • Auckland Airport (AKL) to Downtown hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $144
  • Auckland Airport (AKL): Private Transfer to Downtown hotels: $351
  • Auckland Airport (AKL): Transfer to North Shore hotels: $325
  • Auckland Airport Arrival Transfer (Individuals and Groups): $110
  • Auckland Airport Arrival Transfer to North Shore or Henderson: $121
  • Auckland Airport Private Transfers in a Luxury Minibus: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Auckland or Port-of-Spain?

Prices for flights to both Port-of-Spain and Auckland change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Auckland $28
    Port-of-Spain $54
Typical Food Prices in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $4.92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Auckland

For Auckland, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Auckland Harbour Sailboat Cruise Including Three Course Dinner: $94
  • Auckland Harbour 3-Course Dinner Cruise with Welcome Drink: $98
  • Flavours of the City Walking Food Tour: $107

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Auckland $28
    Port-of-Spain $59
Typical Entertainment Prices in Auckland

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Auckland's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Auckland Sky Tour (for 2)
    $34
  • Waiheke Island Tour (for 2)
    $124

Tours and Activities in Auckland

For Auckland, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Explore Auckland's Sailing Spirit: In-App Audio Tour: $5.32
  • Self-guided adventure hunt: Discover Auckland: $13
  • Auckland Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Auckland Self Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Hīkoi to Britomart Guided Walking Tour - Auckland Art Gallery: $16
  • Join the locals: 2-Hour Precinct Tour of Dealer Art Galleries: $16
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Entry Ticket: $17
  • Vibrosaun Therapy Experience: $19
  • Skip the Line: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entry Auckland Ticket: $20
  • The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $25
  • Auckland Sky Tower General Admission Ticket : $25
  • Sky Tower General Admission Ticket: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Auckland $14
    Port-of-Spain $22

Sample the Local Flavors in Auckland

Also in Auckland, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Waiheke Island: Scenic Wine Tour Tasting Wines on Waiheke: $95
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Auckland with 3-Course Vineyard Lunch: $107
  • Muriwai Scenic Wine Tour from Auckland: $110
  • Waiheke Island: The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour: $135
  • Waiheke Island: Tour with Wine Tastings and Restaurant Lunch: $154
  • From Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $157
  • Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour with Platter Lunch: $169
  • Kumeu Wine Tour: $173
  • From Small Group Kumeu Wine Tour with Lunch: $175
  • Small-Group Kumeu Wine Country Tour Includes Wine Tastings & Lunch: $179
  • Piha Waitakere Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland: $185
  • Auckland Coastal Experience - Small Group City & Beach Tour Incl. Wine Tasting: $204


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Auckland and Port-of-Spain, we can see that Port-of-Spain is more expensive. And not only is Auckland much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Auckland is in Pacific and Port-of-Spain is in Caribbean Islands, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Auckland would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Auckland and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Port-of-Spain would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Port-of-Spain than you might in Auckland.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Auckland Expensive? and Is Port-of-Spain Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Auckland or Port-of-Spain?

Auckland has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Port-of-Spain. When comparing the sizes of Auckland and Port-of-Spain, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain?

Auckland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Port-of-Spain experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain in the Summer?

Both Port-of-Spain and Auckland during the summer are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Auckland for the beaches, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Port-of-Spain year-round.

In the summer, Auckland is cooler than Port-of-Spain. Typically, the summer temperatures in Auckland in January average around 20°C (68°F), and Port-of-Spain averages at about 27°C (81°F)in July.

In Port-of-Spain, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Auckland. In the summer, Auckland often gets more sunshine than Port-of-Spainin July. Auckland gets 240 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Port-of-Spain receives 206 hours of full sun.

Port-of-Spain gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Auckland usually gets less rain in January than Port-of-Spainin July. Auckland gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Port-of-Spain receives 266 mm (10.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Auckland 20°C (68°F) 
    Port-of-Spain 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Auckland and Port-of-Spain. Many visitors come to Auckland in the autumn for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, and the shopping scene. Port-of-Spain attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In April, Auckland is generally much colder than Port-of-Spainin October. Daily temperatures in Auckland average around 16°C (61°F), and Port-of-Spain fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Port-of-Spain this time of the year. Auckland usually receives less sunshine than Port-of-Spain during autumn. Auckland gets 162 hours of sunny skies, while Port-of-Spain receives 207 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Port-of-Spain receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In April, Auckland usually receives less rain than Port-of-Spainin October. Auckland gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Port-of-Spain receives 199 mm (7.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Auckland 16°C (61°F) 
    Port-of-Spain 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Auckland as well as Port-of-Spain. Most visitors come to Auckland for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. The warm climate attracts visitors to Port-of-Spain throughout the year.

Auckland is much colder than Port-of-Spain in the winter. The daily temperature in Auckland averages around 11°C (52°F) in July, and Port-of-Spain fluctuates around 26°C (78°F)in January.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Port-of-Spain. In the winter, Auckland often gets less sunshine than Port-of-Spainin January. Auckland gets 141 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Port-of-Spain receives 241 hours of full sun.

Auckland receives a lot of rain in the winter. Auckland usually gets more rain in July than Port-of-Spainin January. Auckland gets 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain, while Port-of-Spain receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Auckland 11°C (52°F) 
    Port-of-Spain 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Auckland or Port-of-Spain in the Spring?

Both Port-of-Spain and Auckland are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The spring months attract visitors to Auckland because of the beaches and the activities around the city. Plenty of visitors come to Port-of-Spain because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Auckland is much colder than Port-of-Spain. Typically, the spring temperatures in Auckland in October average around 14°C (58°F), and Port-of-Spain averages at about 27°C (81°F)in April.

It's quite sunny in Port-of-Spain. Auckland usually receives less sunshine than Port-of-Spain during spring. Auckland gets 192 hours of sunny skies, while Port-of-Spain receives 238 hours of full sun in the spring.

In October, Auckland usually receives more rain than Port-of-Spainin April. Auckland gets 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Port-of-Spain receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Auckland 14°C (58°F) 
    Port-of-Spain 27°C (81°F)

Typical Weather for Port-of-Spain and Auckland

Auckland Port-of-Spain
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 26°C (80°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
Jun 12°C (53°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 252 mm (9.9 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 135 mm (5.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 266 mm (10.5 in)
Aug 11°C (53°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 225 mm (8.9 in)
Sep 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 27°C (81°F) 203 mm (8 in)
Oct 14°C (58°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 199 mm (7.8 in)
Nov 16°C (61°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 27°C (80°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Dec 18°C (65°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)