The Ibis Budget Auckland Airport hotel is ideally located for adventure seekers and families. The hotel, a stone’s throw from Auckland International Airport, offers affordable rooms.
I spent two nights at the hotel, with two children under the age of eight, during a weekend full of activities.
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The Ibis is located meters from Auckland International Airport and 20 minutes from the city. Its location is perfect for those who want to avoid Auckland’s terrible traffic.
But, if there are any delays, the hotel has 24-hour reception and great staff to make check-in stress-free: a win-win.
There is free parking and a bright and colorful child-friendly common area near the reception.
Customers will appreciate the brand’s comfortable and affordable accommodation offering, as well as its signature sleep experience, Soft bed by ibis budget.
To provide travelers with peace of mind, the hotel chain offers flexible reservation cancellations and improved standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
We stayed on the fifth floor, in one of the family rooms which had a double bed and two single bunk beds for the kids.
The room was small but clean and had all the essentials for a short stay.
We had a window that afforded a great view of the airport runway, and my kids loved watching the planes land and take off. It was a fun activity in itself, not to mention the other places we visited on our weekend.
I personally appreciated the extra bath towels we were given as if you’re like me (with dependent children) it’s one less thing to worry about if you need more.
There was a small TV in the corner of the room, a mini fridge with a limited amount of milk, and tea and coffee making facilities.
The in-room WiFi was a godsend and the kids were on their iPads so there was nothing to watch on the free channels.
For a compact room, I was surprised at the size of the bathroom, which had a very spacious shower that the kids appreciated.
The Szimpla Gastro Bar was a mouthwatering experience.
The restaurant, which opened in 2011 and is right next to the hotel, is probably the only decent one near Auckland Airport, and the one I just found.
My office is right next to the Ibis, so imagine my surprise when we were driven to Szimpla for dinner after checking in – where has this gem been all my life?
They are open from 6.30am to 9pm everyday and have the most wonderful staff like Vishal, Vicki, Rinal and Ma’afu who looked after us during our stay.
My kids loved the Belgian waffles and their scrambled eggs on toast got a big thumbs up.
I can’t fault their coffee or their eggs benedict, their sharing plates or their pork belly, even the Cosmopolitan cocktail I ate before bed on Saturday.
The restaurant is busy at night with hotel guests and airport staff, and the atmosphere is vibe – especially with the weekend soccer on their TVs.
Family activities at your doorstep
The activity options are endless for a weekend with the kids.
We started our activities on Saturday at Treasure Island Adventure Golf, and it was great fun with two 18 hole courses, a pirate ship, a haunted cave, a skull and a waterfall.
We recommend the Captain’s Course which takes you on the pirate ship. Don’t be surprised to hear the cannon go off the first time and have fun with the kids trying to guess the next time.
They were then able to enjoy an ice cream and we got straight into our car on our way to Rainbow’s End for an afternoon of fun.
A word of advice: don’t forget comfortable shoes, hats, sunscreen, water bottles and don’t expect to be home early.
Rainbow’s End is always crowded, so expect queues at almost every exit. Believe me, the wait is worth it, even the kids played well because they knew what to expect in the end.
Most of the rides are height limited, but of all the ones we could do: Gold Rush, Log Flume, and Dodgems were our favorites.
Kidz Kingdom was obviously our base (for those with kids under eight), and the kids loved the Surf N Swing and the Choco Express.
By the end of the day we were all exhausted (which was great as the kids went to bed early, always a bonus for any parent).
On Sunday, after breakfast in Szimpla and the departure of Ibis, we spent the whole day at the Auckland Zoo.
The zoo is home to 135 species and more than 1,400 animals. We took our time here and made sure to visit each paddock.
Our favorites … well, we couldn’t agree on one (because they’re all amazing), but the gorgeous elephants were definitely a highlight.
Ibis Budget Auckland Airport: all.accor.com
Szimpla gastronomic bar: szimpla.co.nz
Treasure Island Adventure Golf: adventuregolf.co.nz
The end of the rainbow: arc-en-ciel.co.nz
Auckland Zoo: aucklandzoo.co.nz
The writer and his children stayed as guests at the Ibis Auckland Airport.