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Hostelz.com's Review
Silverfern Backpackers is one of the cheaper places to stay in Auckland. When we were there it had newly opened and was lacking charm and coziness; it is more of a sterile block similar to a hospital, but all new, modern, and, most of all, well priced.

The Location

The hostel is located twenty minutes' walk from the port and about ten minutes from the Skytower, the inter-city bus terminal, and most other attractions. Two big Chinese supermarkets as well as a grocery shop, restaurants, bars, and the police station are close by.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are long, narrow, stuffed with beds, and very plain. Sockets can be found next to some of the beds. Lockers are available at the reception only, the rooms therefore are very messy and hard to clean. The little tables and chairs between the bed seem like a cute idea at first, but as they are buried under people's luggage and clothes, they are of not much use. Further the rooms are lit by bright neon, which, especially in the upper bunks, makes it hard to sleep without a blindfold. People don't care and leave the lights on overnight or just don't expect them to be that bright when they first walk in and switch them on. The bathrooms are very modern and clean, but a few more sinks could be needed when the place is fully booked.

Common Spaces

The TV lounge consists of a few rows of diner's seats, again creating a rather cold atmosphere; the little common area next to the reception, on the other hand, looks friendly and invites guests to meet and hang out. During our stay, Wi-Fi was not working and we missed the free breakfast (the night shift gave us the wrong times). Other guests informed us that it wasn't really worth getting up for anyway.

Summary

This hostel is another case of "you get what you pay for." It's not perfect or the place where you want to spend your holidays, but it's good enough for a couple of nights. Green might not be the most inviting colour to paint the hallways, but once they put up some pictures it might get a bit friendlier.

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How is Silverfern Backpackers rated on other websites?
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Hostelworld  
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Priceline  
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HostelsClub  
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Silverfern Backpackers Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Good value, big hostel Location is nice, so is the staff, and it is pretty cheap. You get 30 minutes of free WiFi everyday, the kitchen is furnished. Overall it is good, except it is pretty busy, don't expect it to be really quiet.  ()
4   Great hostel, clean, excellent value This is the 2nd time i stayed in this hostel. Its quiet new, and they have kept it really clean, good location and the staff are easy going and friendly but always willing to help if you need something.  , Ireland ()
4   Very nice hostel with a lot of cool stuff. Hey I stayed just 1 night with my friends end of February 2012, but I really liked it. The hostel has a big movie room, which is organized like a small cinema with a 2 meter screen. The kitchen is big and pretty good equipt and has a nice eating area. The lodge has another TV and some magazines to read. It's a nice place to relax and chat a little bit with fellow guests. But the best were definitely our crazy English roommates. We had just tons of fun and got some got insights about NZ.  , Germany ()
5   Excellent New Hostel Great hostel, located in a very safe central location, very clean with new facilities including very spacious large kitchen and 2 TV rooms. The staff are very helpful and they give free breakfast and free WI-FI.  , New Zealand ()

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