Ponsonby Hotel & Accommodation

Ponsonby's where it's at, say Auckland's creative/boho types, and it's only 2km west of the CBD. Ponsonby Road is known as Auckland's Hippest Strip, and the eating, drinking and shopping options are unbelievable. There's also plenty of historical buildings to spot, such as Allendale House (built 1890) and the former ASB Bank (1884). Ponsonby's only a couple of kms east of Victoria Park and Sky Tower, and a 745 bus (and others) get you to the CBD in a hurry. Places cheap as chips round the hip strip? See below.