Auckland waterfront hotels: where to stay near Viaduct Harbour

Auckland is known as the City of Sails for good reason, and no visit is complete without spending time at Auckland’s waterfront.

We’ve rounded up the best Auckland waterfront hotels, from self-catering apartments to luxury hotels close to Viaduct Harbour. Stay at the Auckland waterfront and you’ll be perfectly located to explore the city, dine at one of the many waterside restaurants and jump on a ferry to get out on the harbour yourself.

An Auckland waterfront hotel that has you feeling like you're on a cruise liner

If you want the feeling that you’re on a cruise ship, without actually having to leave dry land, then Auckland Hilton is the choice for you! Designed in the shape of a luxury cruise liner and situated 300 metres out to sea at the end of Princes Wharf, the Hilton Auckland offers a luxury waterfront experience to immerse yourself in all the city’s sails.

Watch boats crisscross through Auckland Harbour from your balcony in the Deluxe Harbour View rooms, or for the ultimate cruise ship feeling, upgrade to the King Hilton Bow Suite which, you guessed it, will leave you feeling like you’re standing at the bow of a ship.

After a day in the city, sit back on your own private sun deck and enjoy the panoramic 270-degree harbour views, from Auckland Harbour Bridge round to the Hauraki Gulf. If you’re still wanting more, jump in the lap pool and feel like you’re swimming right into the harbour, before taking your pick from more than 130 cocktails at the Bellini Bar.

Hilton Auckland

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (5256 reviews)

Enjoy comfort and luxury at this Auckland harbour hotel

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour offers the best of both worlds – apartment-style accommodation but with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Whether you choose a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen with a hot plate, oven and dishwasher, as well as a washing machine and dryer, so you can spend your stay living in waterfront style.

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour enjoys a beautiful waterfront location whilst still being in the heart of the city. A short 10-minute walk from this stylish apartment hotel and you can be at Britomart enjoying a coffee, shopping on Queen Street, or riding up the Sky Tower.

The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (4539 reviews)

Waterfront luxury in the City of Sails

Those looking for waterfront luxury will find it at the five-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Guest reviews frequently highlight the first-class service from staff, and the luxuriously-appointed bedrooms, all with balconies and floor to ceiling windows, offer beautiful harbour views across the marina.

Located in the popular Viaduct Harbour with its many restaurants and bars, yet on the edge of the up and coming Wynard Quarter with its ongoing programme of events, Sofitel Auckland offers a relaxing waterfront escape that’s close to all the action. After pounding the streets, treat yourself to a massage at the award-winning So Spa, unwind in the sauna and steam room or take a long bath in the deep soaking bathtub in your oversized marble bathroom.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (2294 reviews)

The chicest Auckland waterfront hotel

M Social has to be the chicest and contemporary of all the top Auckland waterfront hotels. This design hotel is intended for curious, adventurous travellers, where guest interaction is encouraged.

Overlooking the vibrant Princes Wharf, the M Social Auckland has been expertly designed so that all rooms face the harbour. Each floor has its own kiwi-theme created by local street artists and features elements of local culture.

There are seven room types to choose from, varying in size and design, depending on whether you’re there with your partner, best friend or family. M Social Auckland is all about technology and innovation, so expect USB ports, Bluetooth alarm clocks and express self-service check-in.

The exotic menu at the onsite Beast and Butterflies Restaurant and Bar is a must-try, whilst guests who choose The Social Club Room also get access to the Social Lounge, a shared creative space with workstations and a pool table where guests can relax and get social.

M Social Auckland

Top rated
9.7 Excellent (569 reviews)

The perfect spot for a group holiday

The second offering from The Sebel hotel brand in Auckland, The Sebel Quay West is centrally located in the city, just 300 metres from Auckland’s waterfront. With slightly bigger apartments than its sister hotel, The Sebel Quay West is great for groups and families.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments sleep up to four people and are fully equipped with a deluxe kitchen, separate living and dining area, large balcony and full laundry facilities.

On-site amenities include a heated indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi for when you want to unwind. If you don’t feel like self-catering every night, The Sebel Quay West is just a short walk from a huge range of dining options along the waterfront, Viaduct Harbour and Britomart.

The Sebel Quay West Auckland

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (2451 reviews)