Should you visit Gold Coast or Auckland?
Should I visit Gold Coast or Auckland? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier destinations. Famous for gorgeous beaches, warm weather, watersports, and plenty of activities for all ages, millions of tourists from Australia as well as everywhere in the world flock to this region every year. With beaches, national parks, theme parks, shopping and dining, nice resorts, boating, fishing, diving, theme parks and more, the Gold Coast offers something for everyone.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Auckland or Gold Coast?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Gold Coast is $93, while the average daily cost in Auckland is $135. 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 Gold Coast and Auckland in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $104 in Gold Coast For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $174 in Auckland For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $26 per day in Gold Coast 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.
Auckland food costs typically run travelers around $24 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.
Meals for one day
Gold Coast $26
Typical Food prices in Auckland
For Auckland, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
Gold Coast's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $22 per person, per day on transportation in Gold Coast.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gold Coast
Also for Gold Coast, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer:
Private Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer to Byron Bay:
Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from South Gold Coast 1-6px:
Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from North Gold Coast 1-6px:
Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from South Gold Coast 1-6 pax:
Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from North Gold Coast 1-6 pax:
Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer:
Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer:
Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Van:
Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Car:
Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Business Car:
Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Auckland
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Auckland:
Bus from Airport
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Auckland
Also for Auckland, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Auckland Airport Transfers and Daily Tours:
Auckland Private Tour including Airport Transfer:
Auckland to Rotorua Private Chauffer Driven Transfer:
Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Rotorua with Optional Private Day Tour:
Great Barrier transfer - fly directly from Waiheke Island:
Private Inter City Transfer From Auckland To Hamilton:
Auckland Airport Transfers: Auckland to Auckland Airport AKL in Luxury Car:
Auckland Airport Transfers: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Luxury Car:
Auckland Airport Transfers: Auckland Airport AKL to Auckland in Luxury Van:
Auckland's premium luxury transfers from/to Airport / North Shore:
Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Van:
Arrival Private Transfer Auckland Airport to North Shore or Henderson Luxury Car:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Gold Coast can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing expenses in Auckland, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $27 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Gold Coast
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Gold Coast.
4-Day Australian Outback Tour from the Gold Coast to Sydney:
Aquaduck Gold Coast Tour:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket:
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo:
Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Gold Coast Waterfalls:
Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast:
Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast:
Gold Coast Local Craft Beer and Breweries Tour:
Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter:
World Heritage Rain Forest and Wilderness Tour:
Hens Party Winery tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Auckland
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Auckland's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Auckland
For Auckland, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
10-Day 'Vibe of the North' Epic Summer Tour for 18-30s!:
13,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience:
14 Day - North to South Island Tour (All inclusive):
16,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience:
17 day - North to South Island Tour (All inclusive):
2 Day Rotorua Experience: Waitomo Caves, Maori Culture & Ziplining from Auckland:
2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland:
2-Day Tour of Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo from Auckland:
20,000 Feet Tandem Skydive & Gannet Experience:
23-Day Epic New Zealand Tour:
3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour from Auckland including Waitangi and Cape Reinga:
3 Day Bay of Islands Winterless North Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Gold Coast, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.94.
Typically, people visiting Auckland spend on average $7.63 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Gold Coast
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gold Coast:
Mt Tamborine Winery & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch:
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:
Wild West Coast & Black Sand Beach Tour incl Craft Beer Brewery Lunch & Tasting:
Premium Full Day Waiheke Wine Tour:
Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience on Waiheke Island:
Waiheke Island Premium Food & Wine Tour with Platter Lunch:
Waiheke Island: Private Wine Tour with Tastings:
The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour:
Waiheke Island: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch:
Full-Day Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour:
Matakana: Full-Day Food and Wine Tour:
The Afternoon Artisan Food and Wine Tour:
Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Gold Coast and Auckland, we can see that Auckland is more expensive. And not only is Gold Coast much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gold Coast would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gold Coast 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 Gold Coast.
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