Gay Auckland – Auckland Travel Guide Travel Guides > New Zealand > Gay Auckland – Auckland Curation by Jamie McGhee, words by Ian PackhamAs New Zealand’s largest metropolis and the world’s largest Polynesian city, Auckland has long been proud of the diversity of its 1.4 million residents. Centred around the soaring Sky Tower needle, the City of Sails blends history, culture, and nature like no other. Far from being late to the party as a result of its geographic isolation, New Zealand was the first country in Oceania to legalise gay marriage, making it a hub for the region’s LGBTQ population. Regularly ranked as one of the gayest cities in the world, the gaybourhood around Auckland’s K’ Road is at its most colourful during Pride celebrations in February. However, there’s always plenty going on, as you’ll discover with our gay Auckland guide. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in AucklandA short walk from the Sky Tower and Auckland’s famed waterfront in the Central Business District (CBD), the low-rise art deco stylings of Hotel DeBrett on the fashionable High Street stand in sharp contrast to the modern tower blocks that surround it. Each of its 25 individually decorated boutique rooms mixes mid-twentieth century and contemporary furnishings to create an airy but elegant setting for any city stay. The nearby SKYCITY Grand Hotel offers spacious rooms with fantastic views of the skyline and other Auckland points of interest. Just around the corner from the Sky Tower, this hotel’s facilities include a 25-metre heated indoor lap pool, fitness centre, and sauna. Right on the waterfront on the edge of the Viaduct Basin area, which is one of the city’s main nightspots, M Social provides harbour views from every room. A laid-back ambience pervades the interior, thanks in part to the subtle yet playful design, and to the well-chosen feature furniture that stands out in the otherwise neutral colour scheme.The modern edifice of Cordis is equally well located, just a stone’s throw from Karangahape Road, better known as the gay district’s K’ Road. Its collection of rooms simply ooze sophistication with their soft grey colour palette, complimentary warm wood surfaces, and top-quality soft furnishings. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of K’ Road, you’ll find Haka Hotel Suites. These stylish self-contained apartments include a small kitchenette and private lounge area, in addition to a balcony that would be the ideal setting for a glass of wine over a romantic sunset. Photo: Marissa RodrigueziRecommended hotels in Gay Auckland – Auckland Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland M Social Auckland Located on the iconic Quay street, M Social offers accommodation in the heart of Auckland. All 190 rooms overlook the vibrant Princes Wharf. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland Cordis Designed with your comfort in mind, 411 modern guestrooms and suites convey a sense of understated sophistication with a blend of warm woods, handcrafted furniture and quality textiles. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland Hotel DeBrett This boutique hotel in the heart of Auckland Central Business District is a short walk from the Viaduct Harbour and the Sky Tower. Guests can enjoy cocktails, local beers and wines at the Housebar. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland Haka Hotel Suites Set in central Auckland, Haka Hotel Suites – Auckland City offers fully furnished apartments, most featuring stunning views of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland SKYCITY Grand Hotel The hotel offers contemporary 5-star rooms and suites with views of Auckland Harbour and the city skyline. Guests enjoy award-winning restaurants, a bar, a fitness centre and a luxurious day spa. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences Offering an indoor pool and a fitness centre, Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences is 400 m from Auckland Art Gallery and 400 m from Skycity Auckland Convention Centre. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Auckland – Auckland Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel Surrounded by the shopping and entertainment streets of the waterfront, Grand Windsor Hotel blends a protected historic building with chic, contemporary interior design. Book on Booking.com Explore more places to stay like this in Auckland View on Booking.comPowered by Booking.comThank you for reading Mr Hudson.Subscribe to Travel Guides or log in to continue reading. 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