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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton Auckland for 3 nights. The reception desk, restauraunt, bar and conceirge staff were excellent. All very friendly, helpful and accommodating. We had a harbor view with a great patio. The room was large with a large bathroom. We had breakfast in the FISH restauraunt and it had a good selection, good food and nice harbor views. We are in the Bellini bar 2 tines and the food was good and reasonably priced. Room service was very efficient. The hotel is next to where the cruise ships dock and we had one there for just a few hours but didn't bother us. Just keep your sheer curtains pulled or sit on the patio and watch the ship come and go. On those days it might be difficult to drive in as the road backs up, but we didn't have an issue. It is in a location to catch ferries, bus or walk the CBD area. Would definetly stay here again and recommend to my friends and family. We had a rental car as we drove in from Lake Taupi, but parked it and left it parked the whole time. Valet parking was efficient in getting our car. There is a day fee of $45 NZD.
My family and I have just had a superb couple of days stay at Hilton Auckland. Perfect stay 10 out of 10 for service. The hotel has a perfect location, enabling us to enjoy the Viaduct, watch the comings and goings of the harbour ferries, as well as being close to our favourite Crab Shack and Gelato place. We were treated to the massive cruise ship Princess Majestic berthing right next to the hotel, while we were there .... awesome!
Arrived 20 minutes before check in, room was not ready, so we completed paperwork and told desk clerk we would be in the bar which is visible from the front desk. I mentioned to the clerk that the phone on file was a U.S. land line (I am an Hilton Honors member) and she said no problem she would do find us when our room was ready. We waited 50 minutes and decided to check with her. She had either completely forgotten or ignored us as our room was ready. She apologized and said she had sent a text to us which I had already explained was a U.S. land line. When we checked out there was a charge for the text message because it was an international number. The next day our room had not been serviced by 4 pm. We told the front desk and it was taken care of right away. Also be aware that this hotel is on a quay (wharf) where cruise ships dock so if one is there during your stay you have to contend with several thousand cruise ship passengers to get to the main part of the city.