Travel Budget for Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Auckland?

How much money will you need for your trip to Auckland? You should plan to spend around NZ$186 ($123) per day on your vacation in Auckland, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, NZ$33 ($22) on meals for one day and NZ$21 ($14) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Auckland for a couple is NZ$239 ($158). So, a trip to Auckland for two people for one week costs on average NZ$2,603 ($1,719). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Auckland for one week usually costs around NZ$1,302 for one person. So, a trip to Auckland for two people costs around NZ$2,603 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs NZ$5,207 in Auckland. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Auckland can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Auckland?

How much does a trip to Auckland cost? Is Auckland expensive? The average Auckland trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Auckland prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Auckland can vary, the average cost of food in Auckland is NZ$33 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Auckland should cost around NZ$13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Auckland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Auckland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent NZ$21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Auckland.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Flights to Auckland

How much does it cost to go to Auckland? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Auckland?

Typical travel prices in Auckland are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Auckland. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Auckland can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Bus from Airport
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Breakfast
  • Auckland Sky Tour (for 2)
  • Waiheke Island Tour (for 2)
Typical tour prices for Auckland

How much do tours to Auckland cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2050
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 3675
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    16 days
    $ 1625
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 2915
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Auckland On a Budget
Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
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.

Auckland is both the "City of Sails" and the "City of Volcanoes". The title as the "City of Sails" comes from the many yachts that can be found in the Waitemata Harbour as well as the Hauraki Gulf. It's many volcanoes, all of which are extinct, define its natural landscape. There are about 48 volcanoes that make up the Auckland Volcanic Field.

Auckland's climate is temperate and temperatures remain moderate throughout the year. The summer season is between December and March. This is when the sun is at its peak and temperatures are warmest. Between the months of April and June temperatures become cooler and rain is quite common from the end of June through October.
Some of the most interesting sights in Auckland include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Sky Tower, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, and Otara Flea Market. The Auckland Zoo, the StarDome Observatory, and the Auckland Art Gallery are all worth a visit as well. Clearly, you'll find plenty of activities here, and you should plan to spend at least a day, if not two or three in this amazing city. Auckland is usually the start of a New Zealand itinerary for these reasons, too.

Also consider doing a trip to the Waitakere Ranges, about a forty five minute drive from the city. This scenic drive begins in Titirangi and follows a beautiful coastline. You will see impressive waterfalls and some beautiful beaches. The town of Titirangi is an artistic suburb with many art galleries and cafes, making for a nice place to stop.
There are a variety of different neighborhoods around Auckland. The Inner City, or the central business district, has the majority of the city's hotels and attractions. This is also where you'll find Viaduct Harbour. Ponsonby is a trendy cafe and artist's neighborhood about five minutes west of the central business district. This area also has lots of boutique shopping. Newmarket is the main shopping district with both local designers and international chains. Devonport is a seaside suburb on the North Shore with a quaint village atmosphere. Mt Eden offers a great view from the top of the mountain. St Lukes is a large mall with a movie theatre, bars, and restaurants.

There are many activities that you can enjoy in Auckland. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or looking for something a little more cultural, then you'll likely find something you enjoy. For sports lovers there are cricket or rugby matches at Eden Park. For adrenaline junkies, do a Sky Jump from the Sky Tower or try the Sky Walk, which is a 1.2 meter wide walkway that is 92 meters above the ground and has no hand rails. For more ideas, check out this guide to things to do in New Zealand which lists plenty of activities in the area.

And why not just relax at the beach. Auckland has plenty around so find a good spot to spend the day at one of Auckland's 25 best beaches, as the weather is warm for most of the year.
Food and Dining
Auckland has an extensive selection of dining options that ranges from budget friendly to high end fine dining. For the cheapest options, head to a food court where you can find affordable Asian food or fast food. There are also many cafes, bars, and takeaway options that are budget friendly.

Central Auckland is a great place to hang out as there are many bars, restaurants, breweries, and nightlife. Check out this guide to some of Auckland's best bars and pubs to get some locally made craft beer.

Asian food is very common throughout Auckland and most restaurants are quite good. You will find everything including Japanese, Korean, Vietnam, and Chinese. Other ethnic foods available include Middle Eastern, Italian and Mediterranean. Vegetarian options are also quite common.

While Auckland regularly ranks as one of the most livable cities, it does not have a great public transportation system. If you plan to spend any significant amount of time in Auckland, or travel around the city a lot, it is worth it to rent a car (compare prices here). There are buses, ferries, and a train, but the general level of accessibility and frequency can be quite frustrating. You are sure to have a more enjoyable experience if you have access to your own vehicle.

Buses are the most common form of public transit but you should plan your trip in advance. Traffic can cause delays in the schedule, but if you're staying in the central business district or inner suburbs, then the wait should not be long. Frequency is highest during peak travel times.

If you happen to be staying near a train station, then train travel on weekdays can be convenient. There are five lines to the network and service reliability continues to improve as more investment is made into the system.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Free Internet

By Daniel in Communication
Most Hostels will charge you a fortune for wireless internet in Auckland, either by the hour ($3 per hour are common) or by MegaByte ($10 for 100MB, prices from 2010), so staying in touch with your friends and family or just uploading your emails can be quite expensive. If you don't carry a computer you can use free computers at the libraries or take advantage of the 6.90 Coffee + Cake special at Esquires Coffee places if you have your own laptop, they will give you a 1h Internet voucher with each order.

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