Everyone deserves a bit of luxury every now and then. Whether it’s celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary or you’ve been working super hard and you are in need of a break, a little luxury in your life can go a long way.
Here in New Zealand, we have some pretty amazing places when it comes to luxury getaways, however one of the best places to spend a weekend indulging is Auckland. There is no shortage of luxurious accommodation options in Auckland as well as plenty of great places to eat out which makes it the perfect destination for a luxury escape.
So, let’s take a closer look at some of the luxury getaway options in Auckland.
Luxury Places to Stay in Auckland
When it comes to luxurious places to stay, Auckland has no shortage. From city centre 5-star luxury to island getaways, Auckland is a great place for a luxury escape. Here are three of our favourites:
At the heart of Auckland’s lively uptown area, Cordis, Auckland puts the city’s fashionable boutiques, galleries and museums within easy reach, so you can make the most of your day. Cordis, Auckland puts every modern amenity at your fingertips with 411 contemporary rooms and suites. With a fully-equipped health club and day spa to their resort-style heated rooftop pool, the revitalising wellness facilities are designed to re-energise your body, revive your spirit and relax your mind. Sounds pretty luxurious to us!
Cordis, Auckland are also one of our amazing GO Play partners so when you book with GO Rentals, you can score a 10% discount at Cordis, Auckland – boom!
Cordis, Auckland is ranked #1 Boutique Hotel in Auckland on Trip Advisor.
A perennial favourite when it comes to boutique hotels in Auckland is Hotel DeBrett. Located right in the heart of the city, Hotel DeBrett has 25 luxuriously appointed rooms, all designed and adorned with New Zealand art and photography. As with the Cordis, Hotel DeBrett enjoys a wonderful central location which makes restaurants, bars, the theatre and great shopping all easily accessible day or night.
The Hotel DeBrett is one of the featured hotels in our Honeymoon Guide so make sure you check it out!
The Boatshed, Waiheke
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a luxurious getaway, a ferry ride across to Waiheke Island provides plenty of opportunities for a luxury escape. One of the most popular boutique hotels on the island is The Boatshed. This chic luxury Waiheke accommodation offers designer hotel suites, each with totally private panoramic ocean views. The hotel sits above the white sandy beaches of Oneroa and the beautiful beaches are within short walking distance. With a range of properties to choose from, it’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and unwind.
Luxury Places to Eat Out in Auckland
When it comes to fine dining, Auckland is not short of options. If you are splurging on a luxury weekend escape, choosing somewhere to eat out is part of the fun. Obviously a lot of it will depend on the type of food you love to eat but if you are looking for true fine dining, these are just a few of the great options available:
Soul Bar and Bistro
This is an absolute Auckland staple. Located right on the Viaduct with views over harbour, Soul Bar and Bistro prides itself on using the finest, freshest local ingredients with a big emphasis on seafood. The outdoor terrace is a great place to dine, especially in the summer months as it’s west facing aspect catches some spectacular sunsets looking towards the Harbour Bridge.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
Part of the Sky City family, the Grill by Sean Connolly is a celebration of local produce beautifully prepared and presented by one of Auckland’s hottest chefs. Sustainable seafood and pasture-fed meat are all staples on the menu at this popular city centre location. The Grill by Sean Connolly works with local suppliers throughout New Zealand to source most of the ingredients you see on the menu. The wine list is also specially curated from some amazing local vineyards making this a very special place for dinner.
Cable Bay Vineyard
If you do choose to spend your luxury escape over on Waiheke Island, Cable Bay vineyard is a superb place to dine. Incredible views are matched by sumptuous food and beautiful wine and Cable Bay offers something for all diners whether it’s an elegant evening meal or a more casual summer’s day lunch. The Dining Room is the place for fine dining and features an ever-changing menu with seasonal produce sourced from the vineyard’s organic garden and orchard.
Luxury Activities in Auckland
To cap off your luxury escape to Auckland, we wanted to pick out one or two activities that fall into the ‘treat yourself’ bracket. Here are our top tips:
Whale Watching Cruise
If you get this chance, we urge you to get out on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf on a whale watching cruise. Exclusive GO Play partner Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari run a fantastic cruise that will take you out on the waters in search of these stunning marine animals. Depending on the time of year, you should get the opportunity to see whales, dolphins and sea birds as well as cruising the beautiful waters surrounding Auckland.
Vineyard Tour – Waiheke Island
This is another must-do whether you are on an overnight stay in Waiheke or a day trip from Auckland. Waiheke is home to some amazing vineyards but rather than worrying about which ones to get around and having to drive, book onto a tour which will usually take in 4-5 vineyards and include a stop for lunch. The wine couple with the amazing views and the laid back Waiheke vibe make this one of our favourite activities in Auckland.
Chuan Spa – Cordis, Auckland
For the ultimate relaxation head to Chuan Spa at Cordis, Auckland. Flickering candle-light, exotic flora and fauna and opulent oriental décor make the for the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy Chuan’s contemporary oriental treatments. Massages, facials, body wraps and scwiahrubs are all on offer here with a rooftop pool and jacuzzi, saunas, a herbal steam room and an ice experience all adding to this amazingly luxurious Auckland experience.
So, there you have it. If you are looking for the ultimate luxury escape in Auckland, try piecing together an amazing itinerary out of the recommendations above and indulge in an amazing luxury weekend away in Auckland.