Review: Auckland Harbour Suites (1 Bedroom City View Apartment)

Nightly rate
(incl. taxes/fees)
NZD 135 (US$88)
(paid almost entirely with D$)
Offer stackedBonus D$50 at GHA Discovery
brands new to you, up to 4 times
Length of stay3 nights
Date of staySep 2022
Membership levelTitanium
(GHA Discovery)

What benefits to expect when you stay at Auckland Harbour Suites as a GHA Discovery Titanium member?

The property opened under GHA Discovery’s Oaks brand in 1999 and was last renovated in 2012. It has a total of 150 rooms.

With this 3-night stay, I’ve wiped out all of my remaining Discovery Dollars balance that was generously converted from the Local Experiences of the old loyalty program.

However, I was credited a total of D$110 soon after this stay because of a generous GHA Discovery offer, from my previous stay in Queenstown and also from a GHA Discovery survey that I shared in Suitesmile Chat.

At this rate, I’ll never run out of Discovery Dollars!


This property is located near Auckland Harbour, within walkable distance to a number of malls.

  • 3 mins walk to Britomart train station
  • 6 mins walk to Commercial Bay mall
  • 10 mins walk to Auckland Waterfront
  • 1 hr train ride to Auckland Airport (AKL)
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I arrived around noon and was told that the hotel was not able to grant an early check-in as the occupancy was high. The room was ready at around 3pm.

During check-in, I requested to clear out my balance of D$212, which pays for about 90% of the stay. This was not done until the third day and I had to repeatedly ask about it at the front desk.

Entrance to Auckland Harbour Suites

The corridors to the rooms are oddly narrow.

Narrow corridor

1 Bedroom City View Apartment

Room 14F is 41sqm / 441sqft in size.

The apartment felt very Airbnb-like with dated but decent furnishing. The small tiles in the bathroom served as a reminder that the hotel was built in the 1990s.

The kitchen is equipped with basic utensils and they were adequate for our light breakfasts in the mornings.

Living room
Entrance to the bedroom
Living room (reversed angle)
Kitchen cabinet with tableware
Kitchen utensils
Kitchen utensils and cutlery
Frying pan
Bath products
Washer and dryer in the bathroom
Bedroom (reversed angle)
Heater in the closet
View from the apartment
Small balcony
Partial sea view

Internet speed

The WiFi speed was alright for light web-surfing.

WiFi speed at Auckland Harbour Suites

Other facilities

The property has an outdoor pool and a basic gym.

Swimming pool
Construction next to the swimming pool
Gym (reversed angle)
Changing rooms in the gym

My ratings

This is how I am rating my stay, after considering the hotel’s usual nightly rate:

Room furnishing6/10
(from the room)
Peace & quiet10/10
Elite member recognition9/10
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Bottom line

My stay at Auckland Harbour Suites was satisfactory and I was happy to be able to clear out my Discovery Dollars on an actual trip, before they expire.

The location of the hotel was a plus, with easy access to nearby malls and the train station. The service, however, was not up to expectations.

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