Our flight gets into Auckland at 11.25pm and we're planning on catching the ferry to Waiheke the next day. We were thinking therefore of taking the Airbus to Auckland and checking into a hotel near the habour area to get a few hours sleep. Does this sound like a sensible plan at this hour or should we stay in an airport hotel for the night and take the bus to town the next day? If we do follow our plan, does anyone have any suggestions for a downtown hotel which isn't too pricey (under 100GBP/200 NZD) and where it wouldn't be a problem checking in during the early hours?
Also, after Waiheke we plan to tour NZ - would we be best taking our rental car across to Waiheke and back with us or picking it up on our return to Auckland? I assume the latter??