Destination Auckland: Looking for eco-friendly accommodation and travel activities in Auckland, New Zealand? The following are our favorite environmentally friendly and sustainability-minded Auckland hotels, hostels, tours and activities.

We’ve also put together some useful links on organic and vegetarian restaurants, the latest weather forecast for Auckland and other useful travel info. Enjoy!

Green City Trips destination Auckland

About Destination Auckland

Situated on the North Island and surrounded by water, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, and its most cosmopolitan one, too. As the country’s business and financial center, Auckland attracts many talents from overseas. The city’s growing popularity, however, also has its challenges, with insufficient eco-friendly public transportation and cycle ways perhaps the most pressing.

Recommended Hotels in Auckland

The Langham, Grand Hotel

Palm Court at The Langham Hotel, Auckland

Known as Auckland’s ultimate luxury hotel, The Langham emits the grace and charm of a European grand hotel, the only establishment of its kind in New Zealand. The hotel has also taken a lead locally regarding social responsibility and sustainability, reason enough for us to follow the hotel’s invitation and spend a night at this unique place in the City of Sails.

Read our review of The Langham in Auckland or check availability and rates

The Great Ponsonby Bed & Breakfast

Unlike many other hotels still coming to grips with growing ‘green’ demand and expectations, sustainability and environmental care have always been an integral part of Auckland’s one and only boutique hotel.

Read our review of the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel boutique B&B or check availability and rates

The Peace & Plenty Inn, Bed & Breakfast

“We invite you to stay at our gracious home offering comfortable and friendly luxury accommodation. We host visitors who come to relax from all over the world, along with New Zealanders enjoying a weekend away. We are also able to hold boutique weddings and Victorian High Teas.” Check rates and availability

Eco-Friendly Budget Accommodation in Auckland

City Lodge Auckland - Exterior building from roadCity Lodge Five-Star Backpackers

Finding affordable, yet clean and comfortable accommodation in Auckland can be a bit of a challenge during peak travel periods or major events. One place that consistently gets it right is the City Lodge, a five-star backpackers and budget accommodation. Owned and run by non-profit organization YMCA, City Lodge has made itself a name as the place to stay when visiting Auckland because of its central location, high standard rooms and facilities, and down to earth prices.

Read our review of City Lodge Backpackers and five-star budget accommodation or check availability and rates

YHA Auckland City, Backpacker (4 Star Plus)

“YHA New Zealand makes sustainability central to the way we run the organisation. We are committed to operating an environmentally responsible tourism business which contributes to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of New Zealand.  Working sustainability is a way of thinking for all our staff and we remain committed to caring for the environment which underpins the New Zealand tourism industry.” Check rates and availability

Eco-Friendly Tours & Activities in Auckland

Bush and Beach wilderness tour through Waitakere Rainforest AucklandBush and Beach Auckland Wilderness Tours

Bush and Beach is Auckland’s best small group eco-tour and sightseeing company. We have been operating for 30 years and are the longest-running eco-tour company in New Zealand. We have won many awards including Best Small Tourism Company in New Zealand. For 29 years we have been looking after the environment and protecting it for future generations.”

Read our review of the Bush and Beach Tour through Auckland’s Waitakere Rainforest

Auckland Botanic Gardens

“Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants from around the world. With something always in bloom it is a great place to bring the family. Come, relax, be inspired and let our plant collections surprise you.” Qualmark Eco-Gold certified. More about the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Explore – Wildlife Safari and Sailing

“In Auckland and the Bay of Islands, New Zealand as well as Sydney and Hamilton Island, Australia, Explore offers unique products including sailing, marine wildlife, diving and cruising in amazing places.” Qualmark Enviro-Gold certified. Website of Explore

TIME Unlimited

“TIME Unlimited Tours is very keen to support any biodiversity initiatives that teach both New Zealanders and visitors from around the world alike that we are at the forefront of developing and implementing worthwhile conservation and forward-thinking programmes. Such programmes are to benefit both our economy and our biodiversity, since they are in line with Tourism New Zealand’s “100% Pure New Zealand” marketing campaign.” Website of TIME Unlimited

Recommended Cafés and Restaurants in Auckland

Sunflower Vegetarian Thai Restaurant

Shop 6, 50 High Street, Auckland

The best option when you’re in Auckland CBD. Delicious food, nice and relax atmosphere and affordable prices.

The Bluebird Cafe

299 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland / Website

A great excuse to visit Mt Eden, our favorite and culturally diverse inner-city suburb of Auckland! They specialize in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, with a huge range of snacks, sweets and savories.


1087 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland / Website

A completely vegan cafe, with delicious organic coffee. Ask for soy milk if you would prefer to avoid organic milk. Lots of tasty baked treats and lunch meals. Cosset is dedicated to eco-friendly business practices.

Wise Cicada

23 Crowhurst St, Newmarket, Auckland / Website

Wise Cicada is a natural organic food and eco-friendly store and cafe in Newmarket. A pleasant and friendly atmosphere. They offer a cooked plant-based organic breakfast buffet, beautiful raw soups, colourful organic vegan salads, hot dishes and healthy desserts and smoothies for a very reasonable price.

Mumbai Chaat

1A, Kitchener Road, Sandringham, Auckland / Website

A 100% Indian vegetarian restaurant, a bit far from the CBD but worth it!

Before Your Trip

Boy The MovieMovies to Watch Before Visiting New Zealand

Planning a trip to New Zealand and looking for some movies to watch to get ready for the journey? You’ll be surprised how many great feature films New Zealand has produced, despite being a such a remote country with a small population of 4.3 million (plus 40 million sheep, cows, deers…).

And because responsible traveling means to be aware of your destination’s history and culture, here are two of our favorite New Zealand movies to watch before you visit Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud. Read more

Weather in Auckland and Other Useful Travel Information

For the latest update on weather in Auckland, New Zealand, check

For all sorts of useful information on Auckland as travel destination, check

Travel insurance

Still need travel insurance for your upcoming trip to Auckland? Here’s why World Nomads is our favorite travel insurance for city trips.

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