Are you heading to Auckland on a romantic retreat?

While Auckland is not exactly synonymous with love and passion, the romance of the city lies in the natural attractions on offer.

There’s also a buzzy nightlife and foodie culture, fun and memorable attractions couples can do together, and last but not least renowned luxury hotels.

To up the romance factor, choosing a hotel with a relaxing bathtub will help set the scene.

With so many to choose from, we’ve done the hard work and research for you.

Check out our curated list of the best romantic Auckland hotels with bathtubs.

1. M Social Auckland

A self-proclaimed ‘contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences’, and we’d say that’s certainly the case.

Chic in style, M Social Auckland is a place to take a snap for your Instagram.

Rooms have wall-to-wall windows with sweeping views of the harbour, satellite TV, refrigerators, and eco-friendly toiletries

Choose the romantic Harbour Suite where spacious bathrooms have trendy glass walls and freestanding bathtubs and showers.

This room also gives you access to exclusive privileges such as secure valet parking, and free-flow cocktails and canapés daily between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm; a perfect way to start your evening.

You’ll also receive a daily buffet breakfast with espresso coffee and a choice of welcome package that includes a selection of drinks, and snacks for your minibar.

M Social Auckland overlooks the vibrant Princes Wharf, home to numerous eateries, shops and entertainment venues which is ideal for a day or night out.

Or, tantalize your taste buds at the on-site, highly-rated signature restaurant Beast & Butterflies which serves up some of the best cuisines from around the world.

  • Guest Rating: 9.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 196-200 Quay Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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2. Hotel DeBrett

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel, then this Art Deco styled option is the one for you.

Hotel DeBrett is centrally located, just minutes from the lively areas of the Britomart, waterfront, and lower Queen Street.

25 rooms are decorated tastefully with mid-century modern furniture and local touches such as New Zealand art.

Unique in design and configuration, each has luxurious beds, generous bathrooms with deep sunken bathtubs and separate walk-in showers, cosy underfloor heating, and luxury amenities.

Pay a visit to the hotel restaurant, DeBretts Kitchen which is flooded with natural light from the glass-roofed atrium, and dine on a seasonal menu made from local produce farms, accompanied by carefully selected New Zealand wines.

For a touch of old glamour, visit Housebar and sit back and relax with a drink from the classically inspired cocktail menu.

Available on Saturdays and Sundays, time together can be spent at a Roaring 20’s High Tea, where savory delights and cocktails on arrival are served, and a ‘Flappers and Dappers’ dress code is highly encouraged.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 2 High Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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3. Cordis, Auckland

Being part of the Langham Hospitality Group, you know the Cordis is going to offer something special.

Putting the city’s most desirable boutiques, galleries, and museums at your fingertips, you’ll find this upscale hotel in the heart of the uptown area.

Offering a variety of rooms types from standard to family rooms and Presidential Suites, this hotel has thought of every discerning traveler.

A great night’s sleep and chance to unwind are guaranteed as all 411 rooms contain luxurious Dream Beds, plush armchairs, private bathtubs, and handcrafted furnishings creating a tranquil sanctuary.

We recommend booking either a Suite or an Executive room to take advantage of the Cordis Club Lounge, located on Level 10 which elevates the guest experience even further offering bespoke benefits from personalized check-in, butler service, and evening drinks.

A bite to eat can be enjoyed at one of two restaurants: Eight restaurant is an interactive dining experience where you watch your meal be created to your taste by an expert chef, whilst The Lobby Lounge is wonderful for casual drinks or high tea.

Spend downtime together pampering yourselves with treatments at the Chuan Spa, from rejuvenating wraps and facials, to exfoliating rituals, and manicures

Or, visit the high-tech health club with top of the range TechnoGym fitness equipment, before relaxing in the rooftop pool, sauna, or herbal steam room.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 83 Symonds Street, 1140 Auckland, New Zealand

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4. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Oh la la!

French elegance blended with inspiration from local culture and tradition is what this luxury hotel is all about.

Placing guests in the very heart of Auckland, between the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter, this is an excellent hotel for a romantic break.

Rooms are sophisticated and decadent, with plenty of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows and they have Juliet balconies that offer views of the city, hotel water feature, or the marina.

Oversized bathrooms encompass refreshing rain showers and indulgent deep soaking tubs, while bedrooms feature BOSE sound systems, TVs, and irresistible MyBed’s which Sofitel is renowned for.

Sabrage Bar, serving up the finest champagnes, signature cocktails and exquisite New Zealand wines and beers is a particularly romantic spot in the hotel; unwind in front of the cosy fireplace, or on warmer evenings chill on the alfresco sidewalk.

Eateries include Lava Dining restaurant and 21 Viaduct Café.

Stepping out, Auckland Sky Tower is a 5-minute walk away where you’ll find an array of restaurants, adrenaline activities, and a chance to view the city from 220 meters above street level.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, 1000 Auckland, New Zealand

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5. SO/ Auckland

SO/ Auckland claims to have a unique recipe to create a soulful experience and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s a cool and funky hotel that stands out for its distinctive style and character.

Rooms were created using Auckland’s volcanic origins for inspiration and are furnished to high standards with state of the art technology.

Fashionable bathrooms contain separate rain showers and bathtubs.

Bypassing traditional room titles here, instead, you’ll find room options include things like ‘So Cozy’, ‘So Suite’, and ‘So Lofty’.

You’ll also get to choose one of five elements for your room which are reflected in the aesthetics and design.

Choices include ‘Solid’ which favors opulent tones of black and gold, ‘Vapour’ which consists of open plan space for escapism, and ‘Liquid’, featuring warm tones which creates the illusion you’re surrounded by lava – note that certain elements are only included in specific room types.

You’ll be blown away by the gastronomy range here too.

Mornings begin with one of the best breakfast buffets we’ve ever seen, and evenings can be spent at Harbour Society where renowned chef Marc de Passorio cooks up Michelin-worthy dishes.

Finish your evenings at Mixo bar or the rooftop HI-SO sipping creative cocktails.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: Corner of Customs East Street and Gore Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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6. The Grand by SkyCity

The location of a hotel doesn’t get more exciting than in Auckland’s SkyCity.

The Grand by SkyCity is nestled in this world-class entertainment complex that is also home to a casino, 20 bars and restaurants, a theatre, and the iconic Sky Tower, so you don’t have to go far to find something to do.

Rooms are subtlety decorated to minimize clutter and maximize comfort with soft color palettes and textures that reflect the Auckland landscape.

Configurations include standard Grand rooms to Presidential Suites and rooms with harbour views; but all have a pillow menu, Nespresso machines, 50-inch plasma TV, iHome Dock, minibar and refrigerator.

Swish bathrooms contain separate bath and shower, and Puriri Extract amenities.

Gusto at the Grand is the hotel’s rustic Italian restaurant serving buffet and à la carte breakfast and simple and flavorsome dishes for lunch and dinner.

If this doesn’t take your fancy though, numerous other choices are on offer within the SkyCity complex including an oyster bar, New York-style delicatessen, and the Sky Café, which is the highest café in Auckland.

Enjoy some time out on a romantic pamper day for two at the on-site East Day Spa where double suites, a steam room with Vichy shower, and a spacious relaxation area awaits.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 90 Federal Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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7. Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel

For those that prefer to be based close to the airport, this hotel is just minutes from Auckland International and domestic airports.

Designer aesthetics, luxurious comfort, and bespoke experiences are what’s promised at the Naumi where lush gardens surround the hotel complex.

With a unique room offering, here you can pick from five room types with carefully selected furnishings and designs to suit your personality.

Examples include ‘Blush’ with its millennial pink hues and ombre rugs, ‘Dottie’ which takes inspiration from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and ‘Ziggy’ which embodies a kaleidoscope of color.

With such an array of facilities such as a Smart TV with Netflix, mood lighting, Vittoria coffee machines, and complimentary minibar, it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave your room.

All rooms feature bathtubs, except Habitat rooms which just have showers.

On-site you’ll find Paksa which is graded among the best restaurants near Auckland airport and serves healthy Pacific Rim cuisine.

If you do want to travel into the Central Business District, it’s an 18-minute drive away.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, 2022 Auckland, New Zealand

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8. Stamford Plaza Auckland

After a day of exploring the city, you’ll look forward to coming back to this fine hotel which is ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s Central Business District.

The views here are particularly stunning, especially from the fitness center and heated indoor pool, where unrivalled views of the harbour and city are sure to ease a swim or workout.

Stylish and sophisticated rooms have all the amenities and facilities to provide an intimate stay from minibars, satellite TV, air conditioning, and luxurious bathrooms that feature bathtubs, inviting robes, slippers, and toiletries.

To up the romance factor, select the hotel’s Romance and Seduction Package where you and your partner will be wooed.

Setting the scene for special occasions, you’ll be treated to French champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, red wine with your own inscription on the bottle, room service breakfast, late checkout, and a warm scented bath that will be run for you.

Choose to dine at one of three on-site restaurants including Thai cuisine at Grasshopper Thai restaurant, KOA Restaurant, Auckland’s best hotel grill restaurant, and Kabuki, an elegant and theatrical Teppanyaki restaurant.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 22-26 Albert Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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9. Crowne Plaza Auckland

When you step outside the doors of the Crowne Plaza, you’ll be smack bang in the middle of Auckland’s energetic Central Business District.

The soaring Sky Tower is just one street over, and shops, theaters, and restaurants are all around.

352 rooms come in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs of business travelers, couples, and families.

All have private bathroom facilities, flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and benefit from the signature Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® Programme which means premium bedding, quiet zones, and aromatherapy kits are provided.

We recommend couples to select a Club Room or Club Suite for access to the exclusive Club Lounge where the views are incredible and benefits include complimentary continental breakfast, canapés, and drinks.

The Spa Suite is our top pick though as a large spa bath takes center stage in the spacious bathroom.

If starting your day with a hearty breakfast is a must, Aria Restaurant and Bar serves up a delicious buffet with everything you can think of from a fresh juice bar, live cooking egg station, and freshly baked pastries.

When heading out to explore, enlist the help of the Concierge; locals who know the city better than anyone and are always willing to help guests experience the best of Auckland.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 128 Albert Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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10. Grand Millennium Auckland

If you’re looking for a traditional luxury hotel, where the service is respectable, rooms are comfortable, and the facilities are second to none, then look no further.

The staff at Grand Millennium Auckland are extremely accommodating and simply can’t do enough for their guests.

Rooms are smart in design with floor to ceiling windows which boast superb city views.

Choose the Deluxe or Club rooms, or Junior and M Suites which are on the higher floors for the best.

With plenty of space, modern amenities, and a private bathtub in every room, this is the perfect place to relax after a day in the city.

Club Lounge access is given to those who book a Club Room or the M Suite, and privileges include complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapés, breakfast, valet parking, and more.

Be sure to take advantage of the facilities during your stay; you’ll find a gym, heated indoor pool, and tantalizing teppanyaki at Katsura Japanese Restaurant.

When you do wish to get out in the city, you’re close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour; a prime location to relish a meal at one of many nearby restaurants.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 71 Mayoral Dr, Cnr Vincent St, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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11. Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

Uncomplicated, yet far from basic,

The Four Points is located in the Aotea Arts Quarter which is off the main road and a little quieter, but still just a short distance away from the vibrant city center.

Rooms are minimalist and incredibly stylish and are comprised of Guest Rooms, Larger Guest Rooms, Studios, and Suites.

Opt for the Sky Suite, a two-bedroom, two bathrooms home away from home which is not only extra spacious, but you can catch glimpses of the Waitemata Harbour and city skyline from the outdoor balcony.

The Sky Suite is also the only room that contains a bathtub, but they are available on request only so be sure to mention this preference when booking.

Opt for breakfast and you won’t regret it.

The buffet includes plenty of egg choices, as well as daily omelette special, cooked meats, breads, pastries, cereals, smoothies, and more.

Views of the city are best witnessed from the rooftop bar, The Churchill, where the romantic atmosphere is as sparkling as the innovative cocktails that are served.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 396 Queen Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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12. Pullman Auckland Hotel & Apartments

You’ll be hard-pressed to pick a room here with so many wonderful options available.

Ranging from Studios to Superior Residences, and one to three bedroom apartments, not to mention a Penthouse which allows guests the opportunity to live life as a local, but with all the benefits of a five-star hotel, there’s something for everyone.

Rooms are all well-appointed, though facilities vary dependent on room type; bathtubs are found in the Superior and Executive rooms.

Take some time out at the Day Spa where practitioners apply three distinct practices – natural, traditional, and scientific, to create unique treatments and full wellness journeys.

And if you don’t want to drop the ball on your fitness routine while you’re away, there’s a Fit Lounge complete with cardio and strength training equipment, personal training services, yoga classes, spa pool, and even nutritional services.

Food and beverage offerings include Omni Bar, an impeccable spot for casual drinks, or three-course meals full of unique international flavors at Tapestry Dining.

Location wise, you’re a short walk away from Viaduct Harbour and Queen Street, and just moments from one of Auckland’s best parks, Albert Park.

If you are in the area for a concert or sporting event, then the Vector Arena is on the doorstep.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 6 Princes Street, 1143 Auckland, New Zealand

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13. Park Hyatt Auckland

This brand new hotel has a nautical theme running throughout, which is fitting considering the hotel is built on land formerly used by Team New Zealand.

Wonderful views of the Waitematā Harbour are visible from almost everywhere in the hotel, including rooms that are all outward-facing.

When we say the rooms are spacious, we mean it – they begin at 47sqm which is almost double the size when compared to other standard hotel rooms in the city.

Large beds, walk-in wardrobes, living areas, and marble bathrooms with both deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers come as standard.

They are adorned with traditional décor and custom-designed tukutuku panels in a nod to Māori culture and have luxury amenities such as Le Labo® toiletries, minibars, Nespresso coffee machines, and STAYCAST.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking.

Romantic meals can be taken at the hotel’s signature restaurant Onemata which has an entirely local feel with a menu driven by the finest produce from local farmers, fishermen, and seasonal ingredients.

The Living Room serves up light meals and à la carte breakfast and The Pantry is your best bet for a quick grab and go coffee or lunch.

With an extensive list of classic cocktails with a local twist and fortified spirits, Captain’s Bar is the place to enjoy an evening out.

Whether you’re swimming, or simply relaxing on the pool deck, don’t forget to visit the 25 meter infinity pool which is a must for sweeping views of Wynyard Quarter’s Lighter Basin.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 99 Halsey St, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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14. Hilton Auckland

The Hilton brand needs little introduction, with Auckland’s offering sitting prominently on the end of Princes Wharf and giving way to a nautical-inspired style.

Popular attractions such as The Cloud Convention Center, the New Zealand Maritime Museum, and bustling downtown is a short ten-minute walk away.

Modern rooms feature crisp Italian furniture and stylish granite bathrooms complete with separate bathtubs and walk-in showers.

LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, and DVD players (not available in all rooms), coupled with comfortable beds and seating areas make relaxing in your room most welcome.

For the views alone, go for one of the Deluxe Harbour View rooms, or a Suite so you can sit on your balcony, or gaze through floor to ceiling windows at the Auckland Harbour, and islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

For fresh, sustainably sourced seafood, look no further than on-site FISH Restaurant, where this morning’s catch of the day can be savoured in a bright and picturesque setting thanks to the walls of windows.

The Bellini bar is a must to sit and enjoy a drink watching the action of the harbour, or for something a little different, ask about the Bellini’s signature Cocktail classes.

A highlight of the hotel is the unique view of the harbour from the outdoor lap pool’s underwater viewing window.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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15. The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

When the hotel overlooks the grand yachts of the Viaduct Harbour, you know it’s a swanky place.

A waterfront escape, just minutes from Auckland’s Central Business District, this luxury hotel hits the mark for both location and style.

Accommodation here is apartment-style but with all the grandeur and convenience of a hotel.

Think well-appointed and fully-service studios and suites containing kitchen facilities, in-room laundry, private balconies, and satellite TV.

All rooms also contain an inviting lounge area where you can put your feet up and watch movies, and bathrooms complete with private bathtubs.

There’s no on-site restaurant at this hotel, but if you don’t feel like making your own meals in your kitchenette, 24-hour in-room dining is available, and the Viaduct Harbour is home to many gourmet restaurants.

The harbour is also an ideal departure point for a relaxing harbour cruise, or those feeling more adventurous can go jet boating.

Consider taking a romantic trip to one of the surrounding islands, which couldn’t be any easier with the Auckland Ferry Terminal just around the corner.

We recommend a wine-tasting tour on Waiheke Island, known as the “island of wine” thanks to its many wineries and vineyards.

  • Guest Rating: 8.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 85-89 Custom Street West, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland Hotels Map

Experience a romantic break in Auckland properly by choosing a luxury hotel with a bathtub, to relax at the end of a busy day.

My personal favorite has to be SO/ Auckland.

This quirky hotel has such a unique offering where everything from the rooms, the all-important bathtub, and food offerings are nothing but perfection.

That said, you won’t go far wrong with any of these choices.

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