A Travel Price Comparison for New Zealand Auckland vs. Tauranga for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Auckland or Tauranga?

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 Tauranga can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

Tauranga

Tauranga is a city on the North Island of New Zealand. It is situated on the western side of the Bay of Plenty, which is on the east coast of the island. Its population of 130,000 makes it the fifth largest city in the country. Tauranga is a Maori word translated roughly to 'a sheltered anchorage'. This makes sense as the town is located near a very large harbor and protected by Matakana Island. Mount Maunganui is at the headland of the town and regarded as a suburb of Tauranga. The beach at Mt Maunganui is a surfing hot spot. The climate is mostly warm and dry because of the town's sheltered position.

Which city is cheaper, Tauranga or Auckland?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Auckland is $133, while the average daily cost in Tauranga is $99. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Auckland and Tauranga in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $168 in Auckland For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $71. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Tauranga the cost is $142 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Auckland $84
    Tauranga $71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Auckland $168
    Tauranga $142

Food

Auckland food costs typically run travelers around $25 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

The average traveler spends about $21 per day in Tauranga for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Auckland $25
    Tauranga $21
Typical Food prices in Auckland

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


  • Breakfast
    $5.69

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: $107

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Auckland than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $15 on transportation in Auckland on average per day.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.49 per day to get around in Tauranga.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Auckland $15
    Tauranga $6.49
Typical Local Transportation prices in Auckland

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


  • Bus from Airport
    $11
  • Airport Shuttle
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Auckland

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

  • Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Auckland Central City Centre: $21
  • Auckland Airport: Express Bus Transfer to Auckland City: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: Auckland Airport (AKL) to Auckland: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Auckland to Auckland Airport (AKL): $27
  • Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Airport: $32
  • Private Transfer From Auckland City To Auckland Airport: $41
  • Private Transfer From Auckland Domestic Airport To Auckland City: $44
  • Private Transfer From Auckland International Airport To Auckland City: $44
  • Departure Private Transfer Auckland City to Auckland Airport AKL by Sedan Car: $68
  • Auckland Airport transfers: $70
  • Private transfer: Auckland Airport (AKL) to Auckland: $71
  • Auckland Airport Private airport transfer: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Auckland or Tauranga?

Prices for flights to both Tauranga 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Auckland, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $26 per day, per person.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.90 per person, per day in Tauranga. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Auckland $26
    Tauranga $9.90
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)
    $39
  • Waiheke Island Tour (for 2)
    $143

Tours and Activities in Auckland

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

  • Auckland Self Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Maritime Museum Entry Ticket: $14
  • Hīkoi To Britomart Māori Art Walking Tour: $18
  • Vibrosaun Therapy Experience: $19
  • Sky Tower General Admission Ticket: $23
  • The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $30
  • Auckland Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local: $30
  • Clue Zealand - The Hunt for the Missing Monarch - An Auckland Adventure: $31
  • Auckland Harbour Cruise: $33
  • Escape Game Adventure: $36
  • Cultural Guided Walking Tour of Mount Eden: $37
  • Axe Throwing - 2 hour experience: $37

Tours and Activities in Tauranga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Tauranga are as follows:

  • 3hr Tauranga Sun-downer History Tour COMPLIMENTARY Wine or Beer: $43
  • 4hr Shore Excursion - History and Tasting Tour FREE Kiwifruit Ice Cream: $61
  • 6hr Hobbiton Movie Set Tour: $133
  • Best of Rotorua Tour: $118
  • Craft Beer Tour from Tauranga: $122
  • Deluxe small group Cruise Day Tour, Rotorua, Tauranga & Mt Maunganui highlights: $83
  • Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga: $100
  • Exclusive Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga: $729
  • From Half Day Swimming with Dolphins Tour: $108
  • Geo Thermal Rotorua Tours: $128
  • Half-Day Tauranga Guided Tour by Minivan with port Pickup: $104
  • Harley Tour of the Mount 20mins: $30

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Auckland spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $9.80 on alcoholic beverages in Tauranga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Auckland $13
    Tauranga $9.80

Sample the Local Flavors in Auckland

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

  • Tour and Tastings in an Urban Craft Beer Brewery: $23
  • Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting: $100
  • Premium Full Day Waiheke Wine Tour: $125
  • Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience on Waiheke Island: $131
  • Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch: $147
  • Waiheke Island: Private Wine Tour with Tastings: $151
  • The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour: $157
  • Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch: $158
  • Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour: $165
  • Matakana: Full-Day Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour: $169
  • Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting: $171


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Auckland and Tauranga, we can see that Auckland is more expensive. And not only is Tauranga much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tauranga would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tauranga 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 Auckland would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Auckland than you might in Tauranga.

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Auckland vs. Tauranga Travel Comparison

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