What We Love
- Master chef Simon Gault’s buzzy FISH restaurant and its knockout views
- The outdoor heated pool with underwater viewing window
- The hip minimalism of the guest rooms
- A waterfront location that's just a five-minute walk from the city center
What To Know
- Valet parking fee is $24 per day
- There is a $23 charge for WiFi
- A rollaway bed costs $48 per night
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Hilton Auckland’s seven stories swoop upwards, slicing into Princes Wharf like a stark white cruise ship. The 165 airy minimalist rooms are white with one honey colored wood-paneled wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with sea and city views. Tech amenities run the gamut from flat screen TVs with DVD players to iPod docking stations. New Zealand master chef Simon Gault had a hand in creating the menu for the hotel’s hip FISH restaurant, which includes dishes like tiny calamari steaks with spicy pineapple salsa and black garlic peas, and tempura prawns with chipotle mayo and citrus pepper. Grab a drink beforehand and take in the views from The Bellini Bar. Other highlights include a gym, jogging track and an outdoor heated pool with an underwater viewing window.
In the Area
Princess Wharf is just steps from the Voyager Maritime Museum, where you can learn about New Zealand’s nautical history and sign up to ride on a heritage ship. The waterfront is also a great place to sip cocktails while watching the swank yachts sail by. Our favorite? The industrial-style Tyler Street Garage with its excellent roof deck. Take it even higher downtown at the 1076-foot Sky Tower, with a glass-front elevator, observation desk and bungee jumping outfitter. For a more cultural experience, check out the nearby Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, a 19th century museum with over 15,000 historic and contemporary works, including three specially commissioned pieces by Māori artists.
How to Get There
The hotel has a good location in proximity to the ferries and local restaurants. It is a very quiet location at the end of the pier. We had an inner facing room which was ok in size. Hotel rooms feel a little dated. The lobby and restaurants are more modern and update. Breakfast at fish was a disaster. Food and service were terrible. How can you ruin an omelet? When I told the manager he said they would take it off our check - they never did. It’s an ok choice.
Tired hotel. Carpets stained, bathroom walls stained. Beds saggy, linen thin. Breakfast good selections, but noisy atmosphere. Front desk staff pleasant, great location to dining, ferry and shopping. For the price, I expected way more from Hilton? Construction next door. Wouldn’t recommend.
After a month+ traveling in Australia and New Zealand and staying in mostly bnbs, my wife and I had decided to spend our the last 3 days of our trip staying at the Auckland Hilton...we wished we had stayed a week. I've stayed at many Hilton properties over the years; this one is definitely in my top 5. The harbor in Auckland is on of the most scenic with countless sailboats and yachts, and this Hilton is right in the middle of it. The staff, food, and amenities are the standard of all 5 star properties.
Our room was on the 7th floor and like all rooms in the hotel our side patio
Looked out on a giant cruise ship. Late afternoon we could hear all the announcements over the loud speaker and tests of all their alarms. When they left at 8pm they blew all the horns again. In addition there was construction on the hotel out our other window. The workers hammered and loudly played a radio. We weren’t in the room that much but we would have moved hotels if we had more than one more night to go.
On the plus side, we had a suite which was spacious. Bed and bedding were comfortable . Lovely view when we weren’t looking at construction or the cruise ship.
This was the last hotel on our trip through New Zealand and I am so happy we stayed here. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was very nice with a balcony
overlooking the harbor - gorgeous views. Easy walk to shops and restaurants.
If you have time I would recommend a trip to Waiheke Island for a day.
We would definitely stay here again.