Motels in Auckland are plentiful, clean, and affordable. You don't have to spend a fortune on accommodation in the big city, and you'll find lots of spacious, friendly motels on the outskirts of town, with good transport links into the CBD.
Auckland Motels can be found pretty much anywhere close to the city centre. The main rule of thumb is to look for any main road, and you'll find a motel on it. The suburbs of Mt Eden, Newmarket and Mangere have plenty of roadside motels, many of which you can just drive into. Booking is advisable in summer months, though. If you're coming in from the north, there are several good motels as you pass by Takapuna and Northcote. From the south, Epsom and Penrose, just west of the Auckland-Hamilton Motorway, have a good concentration of accommodation, particularly around Great South Road. Most motels will offer breakfast services and all have parking. If you have an early or late flight, there are lots of motels situated around the airport. These will often offer shuttle services to and from the terminal.