Auckland Museum and Domain 

One of the most popular (and most importantly, cheap) attractions in Auckland, that is a stone throw away from Epsom, is the Auckland Museum and domain. A worthwhile day trip, we recommend starting at the domain where you can explore some of the many historic trails that wind throughout the huge area of greenery, including the lovers walk – or follow the trail through the bush to Parnell and take in some of the artesian food and chocolatiers. 

If you prefer to stick in the domain, the biggest highlight is the winter gardens which features rare and spectacular plants in a constantly-changing display within the confides of the two barrel-vaulted Victorian style glass houses which face out on to an extensive courtyard and sunken pool.  

From there you can move onto the Auckland Museum which is open daily from ten AM to five PM and if you are looking to learn a little bit more about New Zealand’s history and culture, look no further. The museum features a diverse range of exhibits, including Maori and Pacifica, fashion and pop-culture, wars and even a volcano room.  

Mount Eden 

Any local will tell you that you can’t visit Epsom without walking to the summit of Mt. Eden. On a velar day, a trip up the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland will reward you with striking panoramic views views of the downtown area and harbour and greater city limits. The walk up is also adjourned with animals and stones that are often arranged to spell different messages. Be sure to take plenty of water, snacks and selfies! 

 Stardome Observatory  

Perfect for children and adult stargazers, the stardome offers visitors a truly unique experience to fully experience a slice of the southern hemisphere night sky. Discover the history and significance to New Zealanders of well-known constellations like the Southern Cross and Matariki. The sky of the Southern Hemisphere contains beautiful star clusters, gas cloud nebulae and star patterns that can only be seen from this latitude. Open seven days a week, this is a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy. 

La Cigale French Market 

Voted Auckland’s Best Food Market by Metro Magazine for the last 8 years, this artesian French market you’ll find an amazing selection of top quality products from both New and from overseas. If you are wanting the perfect way to start your morning, look no further, the markets feature long communal tables where you can enjoy a coffee with something delicious from one of the counters, which include the famous Croque Monsieurs or the best Bahn Mi sandwich in Auckland, mouth-watering beef bourguignon pie or a slice of one of our many tarts – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Experience it for yourself, La Cigale French Market is held every Saturday from 8am to 1.30pm and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm.  

Eden Garden 

This award winning garden is located in the heart of Auckland and features over five acres of award-winning gardens and serenity that’s well worth the trip. Along side the many plant collections (including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants), there’s also waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views.


ASB Showgrounds

Exhibiting or visiting. Either can be absolutely exhausting. Your accommodation at Epsom Motel is about 500 metres from the main display pavilions – easy flat walk of about 5 minutes in other words.

Ask any Aucklander, the ASB Showgrounds have been synonymous with commercial displays and exhibitions for over 100 years – at this same location. It is probably New Zealand’s premier exhibition facility.

However good business is at your show, sometimes those aching legs and feet just need a break! Your nearby welcoming room across the road at Epsom Motel allows you to relax and recharge before indulging in a gastronomic experience at one of the fine dining esatblishments within walking distance of the motel.

Central Business District

Epsom Motel offers a unique combination of close proximity to the city’s CBD (8-15 minutes by motorway) with just sufficient separation to escape the night-time din of buses and street cleaners.

While Auckland stands head and shoulders above most CBD’s around the world, it’s a good place to escape from when the business is done. Epsom Motel is perfectly situated, enabling you to do the business and get a great night’s sleep too.

If you’re travelling by car, you can forget all the parking hassles those staying in the CBD experience. Your car will be safely parked in our free car park.

Medical Facilities

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes you need to be near to family or friends receiving treatment or to be having it yourself. Epsom Motel is ideally located to some of Auckland’s foremost medical establishments and close to many of the medical specialist practitioners of Greenlane and Remuera.

We are situated near to:

Greenlane Clinical Centre (500 metres or a 5 minute walk)
Mercy Hospital 8-10 minutes by car
Ascot Hospital 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk
Brightside Hospital 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk

Sporting Venues

Alexandra Raceway

Leave the car at Epsom Motel! Alexandra Park is immediately opposite your accommodation at Epsom Motel.

Alexandra Park is not just the home of the Auckland Trotting Club and the heart Auckland’s of harness racing. It is an entertainment centre in its own right, with a full calendar of ‘themed’ racing evenings including meals and drinks – it’s a total entertainment experience. Alexandra Park also offers a full range of function rooms of various sizes and complete catering services.  It is no surprise that the Auckland Blues has committed to a 15-year lease with Alexandra Park to base their High Performance Centre at the Campbell Crescent venue from 2016.

Ellerslie Racecourse

If you’re a racing enthusiast, you’ve chosen the right location for accommodation. Ellerslie Racecourse is only a few minutes away by car from the Epsom Motel.

Ellerslie has long been associated with the crème of New Zealand thoroughbred horse racing. The Auckland racing club traces its beginnings to 1874.

Do you enjoy dressing for a day out? The racing calendar provides the fashion industry with an on-going opportunity to showcase its best. Raceday presents a wonderful medley of fun, food, fashion and yes, some exciting horse racing too.

The Ellerslie Event Centre offers a comprehensive range of hosting services for weddings, expos, conferences and meetings.

Eden Park

Epsom Motel is just minutes by car from Eden Park.

To call Eden Park the home of New Zealand Rugby may invite a howl of protest from other unions up and down the country – it’s a competitive environment! But its international fame as a stadium for some of the world’s greatest rugby contests is undeniable.

Travelling with a supporter group. Talk to us about group rates, but remember, our motel is a quiet place.

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Family Entertainment

Western Springs Speedway

Are you a speedway enthusiast? Western Springs Speedway is only minutes’ drive from Epsom Motel.

TQ Midgets, Midgets, Sprint Cars – you name it, they’re at Western Springs. With all the thrills and more than a few spills, an entertaining time is guaranteed.

Auckland Zoo

Many of our guests visit the Auckland Zoo in just 15 minutes’ drive.

The zoo features animals from around the world but also dedicates a large domain to New Zealand reptiles and birds in a near-natural environment. Be sure to visit ‘Te Wao Nui’ – The Big Bush.

Art and Culture

We are just 8-15 minutes from the heart of the CBD.

You can enjoy its culture but return to a more peaceful environment at Epsom Motel.

The closeness of Epsom Motel to the CBD offers lovers of the arts unrivalled opportunity to visit the Auckland Art Gallery, or performances at the Aotea Centre, the Town Hall, Maidment Theatre, Q Theatre or The Edge while enjoying all the advantages of clean and comfortable motel accommodation.