We are preparing for a 6 week trip to the beautiful country of New Zealand. We arrive in Auckland in early February 2014. We need a hotel to recover from jet lag and orient ourselves before setting out to explore much more of the North and South Island.
In reviewing the travel guides I am struggling to sort out the different parts of the city. It looks like city center near the sky tower is the best area for a tourist.
We are looking for a budget friendly hotel (less than $120NZD or $100USD). We will NOT have a car so walking distance to the sights and bus access is extremely important.
While in Auckland we plan to go up in the Sky Tower, walk around the harbor and hike the Rangitolo loop.
We much appreciate if you can steer us to locations/neighborhoods/properties to research.
We are in our late 40s and will be backpacking for the remainder of our time in NZ. We are ok with budget/backpacker facilities but they need to be clean.
Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions.