Should you visit Napier or Auckland?
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 Napier and Auckland can help you decide which place is right for you.
Napier is city on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Hawke's Bay Region, a famous area for wine vineyards. Napier has a population of 61,000 people and is known for its Art Deco architecture and of course, wine.
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 Napier?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Napier is $145, while the average daily cost in Auckland is $121. 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 Napier and Auckland in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $176 in Napier For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $154 in Auckland For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
To get around in Napier, the average visitor spends $26 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
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 $14 on transportation in Auckland on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Napier
Also for Napier, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Departure Transfer: Napier and Hastings City Centre to Hawkes Bay Airport:
Arrival Transfer: Hawkes Bay Airport to Central Napier City Centre:
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:
Private transfer: Auckland Airport (AKL) to Auckland:
Private Transfer North Shore or Henderson to Auckland Airport AKL by Luxury Van:
Private Transfer North Shore or Henderson to Auckland Airport AKL by Luxury Car:
Private Transfer From Auckland International Airport To Auckland City:
Private Transfer From Auckland Domestic Airport To Auckland City:
Private Transfer From Auckland City To Auckland Airport:
Private Inter City Transfer From Auckland To Hamilton:
Private Auckland Airport to City Transfer for up to 5 passengers:
Private Airport Transfer: from Auckland to Auckland Airport (AKL):
Private Airport Transfer: Auckland Airport (AKL) to Auckland:
Intercity (Tauranga, Whangarei, Hamilton etc) /Auckland Airport Transfers:
Great Barrier transfer - fly directly from Waiheke Island:
Is it cheaper to fly into Napier or Auckland?
Prices for flights to both Auckland and Napier 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.
Napier food costs typically run travelers around $32 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.
Auckland food costs typically run travelers around $23 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
Typical Food prices in Napier
For Napier, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
In Napier, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.
Sightseeing expenses in Auckland, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $24 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Napier
For Napier, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2 hour - Guided E-Bike tour from age 16 and over:
2-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour:
2.5-Hour Napier Art Deco Tour:
3-hour Private Scenic and Taster Tour by Vintage Car:
60-Minute Napier Deco City Tour by Vintage Car:
75-minute Art Deco City Highlights Tour:
Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour:
Cruise Boat Tour:
Deco City Black Cab Tours and Shuttles:
Full-Day Bespoke Vintage Car Tour inc Lunch with Vehicle options:
Half-Day Vintage Car Tour with Food Platter Up To 4 Passengers:
Hawkes Bay A Grand Day Out 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:
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:
3 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland:
Typically, people visiting Napier spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Auckland spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Napier
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Napier are as follows:
Sample the Local Flavors in Napier
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Napier:
Hawke's Bay Wine Tour Including Pick Up From Napier or Hastings:
Wine Tour - 3 wineries in an afternoon:
Half Day Small-Group Hawkes Bay Wine Tour:
Full Day Small-Group Hawke's Bay Wine Tour:
Napier Afternoon Wine Tour + Optional Beer Tasting:
Napier Gourmet Luncheon including Afternoon Wine Tour:
Small Group Hawke's Bay Premium Afternoon Wine Tour:
Small Group Half-Day Ultimate Wine Tour in Napier:
Hawke's Bay Morning Wine Tour and Te Mata Peak Including Winery Lunch:
Vintage Car & Wine Tasting Experience:
Private Tour & Wine Tasting (90 mins):
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: Afternoon Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch:
The Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour:
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:
Small-Group Kumeu Wine Country Tour Includes Wine Tastings & Lunch:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Napier and Auckland, we can see that Napier is more expensive. And not only is Auckland much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. 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 Napier would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Napier than you might in Auckland.
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