City destination Auckland
Harbour view of downtown Auckland, New Zealand

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.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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City Lodge Auckland - Exterior building from roadCity Lodge Budget Accommodation

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.

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YHA Auckland City, Backpackers

“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.”

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Auckland Tours, Experiences & Urban Adventures

Bush and Beach Auckland Wilderness Tour

Bush and Beach wilderness tour through Waitakere Rainforest Auckland

Bush and Beach in Auckland is a small-group eco-tourism and sightseeing company, which has been operating for 30 years. They have won many awards, including Best Small Tourism Company in New Zealand.

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Electric Ride Around Auckland

Come see Auckland on two wheels… and with a little bit of an electric nudge! You’ll ride electric-assisted bikes along the streets and cycle lanes of Auckland, seeing city sites, learning about Maori culture, and listening to stories from a local guide who can show you just how awesome Auckland really is!

More about this this tour here

Waiheke Time Electric Bike Ride

This bike tour keeps it laid back and “island-style” with just a hint of adventure! Hop on the ferry over to Waiheke, voted one of the world’s best islands. No matter your fitness level, you’ll soar up rolling hills, wind down into stunning valleys, and cruise along the picturesque beachfront by electric bike.

Start your Waiheke adventure here

Healthy, Creative and Vegetarian 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!

Auckland Weather & Other Travel Info

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