With several efficient door-to-door shuttle services into central Auckland there’s hardly any reason to stay in any of the hotels at, or near, the airport, though Auckland is a place where you might choose to stay outside the city centre. Most sightseeing can be done as easily from the suburbs, particularly Ponsonby, less than 2km west of the centre, Mount Eden, 2km south of the centre, Devonport, a short ferry journey across the harbour, and Parnell, 2km east of the centre. All are generally more peaceful than the city centre but still well supplied with places to eat and drink, and access is good on the Inner Link and Outer Link buses. Note that airport shuttle buses will drop you in these suburbs for a similar price to downtown, and Devonport only costs a few dollars extra. Predictably, camping involves staying further out and it’s not really worth the hassle unless you’ve rented a campervan.

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