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Why Auckland offers the perfect Kiwi Summer Stay. 

To experience the best of Auckland, a summer visit in a must. Sparkling harbour views, hip eats in outdoor seats and easy access to remarkable outdoor treasures, all from the heart of downtown Auckland.

November to February is a great time to experience the City of Sails, and the University of Auckland’s Summer Stay accommodation offers the perfect sport for a sun-filled cost-effective summer break.

Iconic Central Auckland 

With several properties less than two kilometers from downtown Auckland our Summer Stay accommodation means you can take your city explorations at your own pace, with easy breaks enjoyed back in your well-appointed room. Our Summer Stays residences are perfectly position for trips to the museum, concerts at Spark Arena, movies at popular Silo Park or trip to Britomart, the Viaduct or Wynyard Quarter.

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 Day Trip Delights 

Waiheke is everyone’s favourite effortless getaway. Only 40 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, the transformation in vibes and summer temperatures makes you feel like you have landed on a tropical island. Once on the ‘Island of Wine’, be sure to stop by white sands of Onetangi Beach, whizz through the trees with EcoZip Adventures, and visit Waiheke’s pioneering vineyard, Goldie Estate. The deli picnic baskets are worth the trip alone!

Part of Auckland’s appeal is its ability to offer both urban attractions and wilderness adventures. Experience the best of the bush in the Waitakere Ranges, on the city’s western fringe. Pristine forest, wild surf beaches, and native wildlife ensure that no matter your age or ability, there is an opportunity to connect with nature out west during your Auckland stay.  Popular walks include Fairy Falls, Mercer Bay Loop and, for a longer trek, the Te Henga Walkway. If you’re an experiences surfer, Piha has legendary waves, so bring your board.

An hour north of Auckland lies the coastal community of Leigh, the jumping-off point for Motu Hāwere ā Maki  – Goat Island Marine Reserve. Rent a clear-bottomed kayak and paddle above the protected marine life. Return to land to continue building an appetite at the Sculptureum, before ending the day with pizza and tunes at the iconic Leigh Sawmill.

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The Great Outdoors 

For the adventurous traveller, summer in Auckland offers a range of activities to thrill. 

If hiking New Zealand’s youngest volcano sounds like a buzz, then ferry to Rangitoto Island for a 2-hour hike up the crater. For marine thrills, head to the Viaduct to board the Whale and Dolphin Safari boat. If you prefer a more mellow outdoor experience, pack a lunch and head to the Auckland Domain or Cornwall Park for a summer picnic. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, coordinate your timings with Cornwall Park’s heavenly 2pm high tea. Booking essential.

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Why Summer Stay at the University of Auckland

Once you’ve sorted your Auckland itinerary, it’s time to pick a place to stay. If you’re looking for a convenient position, flexible room layouts, and competitive pricing, there is nowhere better than the University of Auckland’s Summer Stay accommodation!

While university students are enjoying their summer break you can enjoy low-cost, high-standard accommodation in the heart of Auckland city.

For couples and friends, our self-contained Carlaw Park Apartments are ideal. And no need to leave anyone at home for fun family vacations – our 3-bedroom apartments in Parnell ensure that you can bring the whole tribe affordably.

If you’re travelling as a group, consider our catered accommodation options. Alongside the option of catered meals and comfortable rooms, you can also enjoy the facilities, including a range of social spaces. 

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