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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - YHA Auckland City Hostel is a bustling, big-city hostel. The steep hills surrounding it make it difficult, though by no means impossible, to use as a base for sightseeing.

The Location

It's only six blocks from the Intercity bus station, and only a block from the FlyBus route from the airport, though the corner on which it sits faces steep hills in two directions -- exactly the two directions needed to get to those two places. It is possible, though difficult, to reach the FlyBus stop without encountering too much slope by going around the block. There's a dairy (a convenience store) within easy walking distance, but to get to a supermarket, you'll need to catch a city bus.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Most shared rooms are twins and triples; there are also two five-bed dorms and a six-bed dorm. Singles and doubles are also available. The dorm we saw had no bunks and the only furniture is a wardrobe and a desk (that's true of the singles and doubles as well). There are lots of electrical outlets, and Wi-Fi is available in most (not all) rooms, though sometimes only at a two-bar strength.

There are bathrooms on every floor but the basement, which only houses the laundry. On some floors there are gender-separated facilities; on others the toilets and showers are unisex. Showers are nice and hot, and there is changing space.

Common Spaces

There's a TV room, a computer lounge with kiosked computers, and a games lounge. Smokers can gather on the sundeck. The place is huge, but it's well run and relatively quiet, though traffic noise is an issue on the lower floors. Reception is open twenty-four hours a day, and so are the various lounges.

Summary

YHA Auckland City makes a good stopover for a night or two upon arrival or departure. If hills aren't an issue for you, it's well located and it has excellent city bus connections.

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Auckland City YHA Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   So so Small rooms, no noticeboard, and about 2 kms from the harbour. The location is far from perfect, plus it's a really steep hill when going there. There are plenty of other places closer to the city centre, for the same price or less. Not recommended.  ()
3   Good staff, poor building This hostel is a bit of a trek up a hill but if you're coming from the airport it's on the bus route. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the noticeboards give good (and often cheap!) ideas on what to do on your stay (which is a good thing as Auckland has little to offer so all suggestions welcomed!). Rooms are basic and smell a bit fusty. A bit of air freshener wouldn't go a miss! Good kitchens though and a big common area. Internet access is pretty good too. Fine for a short stay which is exactly what Auckland should be -- the place definitely lacks soul. If you fancy the big cities, Wellington and Christchurch have much more to offer.  , England ()
4   Recommended Situated in the corner of City Road and Liverpool Street,Auckland City YHA is ideally located for backpackers who wants good rest before moving on to their desired destination or start touring the country.City Road YHA is just 1 minute walk from Auckland's CBD and most famous road,Queen's Street,where most shops,and office buildings are located. You can find Asian food shops,banks,Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and mini marts all within walking distance.The Auckland Skytower is a mere 15 minutes walk from the Auckland City YHA.The port where the ferries leave for tours to other smalled islands is about 20 minutes walk away. The staffs are very friendly and helpful.There is a travel desk,3 telephones,3 computers with internet facilities,luggage storing facilities,a clean kitchen,a sun deck,a TV lounge,laundry facilities,a common room and a reading area.The hostel is accessible by bus,the Airbus,which stops right in front of the hostel.It's a 30 minute ride from the airport. The dorms are clean and reasonably priced ( $22 per night for a 4 bed dorm for a YHA member).You can book a free Stray Auckland tour through the travel desk,which is a half day Auckland tour and it takes you to Mt Eden,Auckland Harbour and Mission Bay Beach. Everything is situated close by and it's a clean and great place to be.I'l surely recommend this place for travellers planning their stay in Auckland.  , Malaysia ()
4   Good place This hostel has very few problems. I stayed in a double with my boyfriend. To start with negatives, there is a very steep hill up to it (not very nice with a backpack on). Also, the rooms get quite warm and all face onto the street, so with open windows it can be very noisy. Other than that I had no prob with this place, the room was nice, linen was clean. The toilets and showers were also very clean and tidy. Kitchen and common areas well equipped and spacious, staff very approachable. The sundeck is a nice addition.  , Ireland ()
2  Not the best start to a holiday ever, bit of a hike up Queen Street to get there, rooms basic but ok. staff -- some interested, some not. Bathroom situation on floor six -- odd to say the least, only things really going for it were the laundry which was ok and the internet access. In short for a long term stay look elsewhere, short term this is your place  ()
4  We stayed here on four separate occasions through December 2004 to January 2005. The staff were very helpful and they booked all our hostels for one month while we walked around Auckland one afternoon. This place had basic double rooms but they were very comfortable. The kitchen was excellent and security was good in the evenings. A special shout-out to Tara for all her assistance when we needed help. A hostel must be good when you check out of another one early to go back there again, as we did on January 2nd after a bad experience elsewhere. This speaks volumes.  ()
2  I stayed in this hostel in April 2004. I would not recommend it to anyone! It was filthy, especially the bathrooms. There were only one or two showers and the bathroom did not look like it had been cleaned in ages. Needless to say, I didn't even take a shower the next morning because I wasn't about to step foot in the shower. I brushed my teeth in the sink in the hallway. It is very loud being in the middle of the city; I didn't get much sleep. The hallways are very loud, too. The doors slam really hard. Two stars is my rating, and that is pushing it!  ()

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