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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of over one million people. Situated in the north island of New Zealand, it is also the main point of entry to the country (second only to Christchurch on the south island), which also means there are a wide select of backpacker hostels in Auckland.
Auckland's nickname is the City of Sails, which is very fitting as the harbor is usually filled with sailboats. The city itself is built on volcanic ground (over 48 volcanoes on Auckland city proper).
Most people arrive to Auckland via plane. There is a shuttle bus service from the airport to various parts of the city, with the prices from about NZ$25 and up. There is a public transport system available, but the inner city area is small enough that walking is an enjoyable alternative. Good options for inter-city travel are the bus passes and also car rental, especially if you're not traveling alone.
The Auckland hostel selection is plentiful, and you can expect to pay about NZ$20 and up for a dorm room. The city is very suitable for backpackers, as the prices are quite low, the hostel options are comprehensive, and the transport inside the city and also in-between cities is exceptionally well organized.
The sights in Auckland include the Sky Tower, which is the highest free-standing building in the whole of southern hemisphere. The adrenaline junkies can also indulge in a controlled free-fall jump from the top of the tower. Auckland has also plenty of museums and art galleries. If you're interested in fashion, Auckland is home to many interesting local designers.
Take a look at the Auckland backpacker hostel list and enjoy your stay.
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"Ponsonby Backpackers is a great place for travelers who enjoy historic architecture, gardens, and quaint shops. The Location This hostel is located in the Ponsonby neighbourhood of Auckland, filled with great restaurants, cafes, and interesting shops. It is close to neither the ferry nor the train, but there is an inexpensive Link bus which stops near the hostel and can take you to the central city. It runs every fifteen minutes or so....
Fat Camel Hostel
"Nomads Fat Camel Hostel is perfect if you are looking to party and meet people in Auckland. There is a rooftop hangout area with a spa and sauna (although both weren't working when we were there, which was disappointing). The Location Nomads is a large-scale hostel, easy to find right in the downtown Auckland area. It's a good location if you are looking to stay right in the heart of town, close to a lot of attractions. It's close to...
"Base Auckland is located minutes from the bus terminals and the airport bus stop as well as the port and other attractions. It has one of the largest number of beds in the city, and definitely caters to a more party-oriented crowd. The Location Base is located pretty much in the middle of Auckland. The airport bus drops off right across the street, and both the Intercity and Nakedbus stops are just a short walk away. It's also minutes...
The Brown Kiwi
"We stayed here in March, 2004. It was one of the best hostels that we stayed at during our 2-month journey touring New Zealand. The staff were fun, the hostel was spotless, and the beds were comfortable!! Highly recommended, but beware of the steep hill that you have to walk up after a night in the city!!" … "… meal. We also have a large farm house style dining table for a friendly dining experience. Stay in one of our...
City Garden Lodge
"Great place, well run - Highly recommend -- clean, friendly, well-run, and a huge well-stocked kitchen. And free wi-fi!" … "I stayed here with a friend during the spring and had a really lovely time. The rooms were comfortable and cozy, the hostel's not too big and it's very "homely." With big porches and little gardens to hang out in, it was a good place to meet people and an ideal spot to base yourself in Auckland, with lots of...
"This hostel is very good. It is clean and tidy, and located very close to the shops in Mount Eden. I enjoyed my stay and found the staff very helpful. It takes about 45 minutes to walk into town, and there are frequent buses along this route. Yes, I would recommend Oaklands Lodge strongly." … "… ages (The property is not suitable for children under 5 years of age). Oaklands Lodge is consistently rated as one of Auckland's top...
"Bamber House is a cute, family-owned hostel. It's really clean and more than quiet! The place is lovely with a green garden and beautiful rooms. There are two buildings and both hold all the facilities. The common areas are nice, new, and clean as well. You can really relax and feel at home here. The Location It's not in the center of Auckland but you can easily get there with the bus at two minutes' walking distance. It takes around...
Auckland City YHA
"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....
HI - YHA Auckland International Hostel
"HI - YHA Auckland International Hostel has a quiet atmosphere and guests of all ages. The Location The hostel is located just a few blocks away from the sky tower and one hundred metres from the airport bus stop. The surroundings are full of markets and shops. Be sure you know where to get off the bus if you are coming from the airport, otherwise you'll be challenged by a steep street on your way to the hostel. Rooms and Bathrooms...
Surf 'n' Snow Backpackers
"Surf 'n' Snow Backpackers is in a great location. It is clean and the dorms are spacious but the common spaces are not. The Location Surf 'n' Snow Backpacker is in the city center, really closed to the Skytower, in the corner of Victoria Street and Albert Street, just next to Queen Street. The free city link will drop you on Durham Street and you will just have to walk up Victoria Street. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are clean...
"… Beyond is a medium-sized, quiet, secure and homely hostel. The accommodation consists of clean and tidy single and double rooms, all with double beds and T.V, and the separate male/female dormitories have either 4,5, or 6 beds for the same price.We provide shared toilets, and cooking facilities and a self service laundry. There is a cosy common room with T.V, and internet, telephone and fax are available. A cost of 50cents is...
Pentlands Backpackers Hostel
"Pentlands Backpackers Hostel is located excellently if you want to be in a quiet area outside of the city center. Mt. Eden is a nice little suburb surrounded by vine-covered stone walls and quiet neighborhoods as well as some great cafes and restaurants. The Location There is a large supermarket, banks, and bars nearby. You can walk to the top of Mt Eden for a great view of the volcanic cones and the city in the distance. Eden Park is...
"BK Hostel is located near the center of the city, just off of Karangahape Road (K' Road). It's near the Airbus dropoff; a short walk from the center of the city; and is well-priced, clean, and comfortable. The Location This hostel is about a thirty-minute walk from the ferry terminal, so it is only about fifteen minutes from the Sky Tower, which is essentially the center of the city. It is on the corner of Pitt Street and K' Road, which...
Lantana Lodge International Backpackers
"The basic location of Lantana Lodge International Backpackers is so nice -- too bad it is run so poorly. The Location The hostel is set on a quiet side street in Ponsonby, one of the older neighbourhoods of Auckland, where you can still find a lot of old villas. It is easy to find, as it is just one turn off the main road. The area is very quiet and you'll have to do a fair bit of walking in hilly terrain to get to the city centre....
"… in freemans bay which is waling distance to the city centre.All our rooms have very comfortable beds with very high quality posturepedic mattresses.Most of the rooms have tv's & fridge as well.There are 2 lounges(One with tv & the other without tv) where guests can relax & talk to the other guests. FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE LODGE & IS ACCESSABLE FROM THE ROOM TOO. WE ALSO HAVE WEEKLY DISCOUNTED...
Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
"Verandahs Backpacker Lodge is a great place to go if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but remain near enough to visit it when you wish. It has great facilities and a nice variety of people, making it a great place to stay in Auckland. The Location Verandahs is a fifteen-minute walk from the city. It is off of Ponsonby Road, which is full of small shops, cafes, and restaurants and also only a block or two from...
"A little tatty, but friendly, comfortable and friendly - The old house has charm and a great view, although it needs redecoration. Otherwise the beds are comfortable, the staff friendly and helpful, and it's very good value. Mt Eden is a pleasant place to stay, only 30 mins from the CBD. I'd stay again." … "… called Supershuttle firstname.lastname@example.org that have a NZ$26 backpacker fare which can be booked from the...
"Uenuku Lodge is a substantial, wooden-construction house neatly painted in grey with eight parking spaces on a large concrete driveway at the front. The Location Well-located for access to the city, this hostel is situated approximately half way along the popular and vibrant Ponsonby Road at the corner of Pember Reeves Street. A bus stop for several routes including the Inner Link is immediately outside. The area sparkles with clubs,...
City Travellers Auckland
"Good value, good location. - This would have to be one of the cleanest places i have stayed in. Rooms were ultra modern and spacious with excellent facilities including a kitchenette in the private rooms. The only downside was it did not provide much sanctuary from the street noise, other than that it was extremely good value for money and is right at the heart of the action with conveniences such as a huge supermarket and public transport...
Nomads Auckland Backpackers
"We ended up at Nomads Auckland Backpackers by accident and ended up with a good all around stay. The Location After being dropped off on Queens Street, we were walking to another hostel and mistook Nomads for the place we were heading. The front desk was helpful in getting our room, but not as helpful letting us know about the amenities. Rooms and Bathrooms We stayed in a six-bed room. They have rooms with eight and twelve...
"Clean, convenient, helpful staff - The single rooms with weekly rate are a delight." … "… and Auckland Harbour Bridge. Within the same building you'll also find a health and Fitness Club, stadium, sunbeds and Group Fitness Classes. Enquire at reception for membership information, timetables and costs. What's in a room? A Single room contains... A single bed A study desk A bar fridge Full set of linen Central heating A...
Frienz Backpackers Auckland
"Frienz Backpackers Auckland is a colourful, small city hostel with friendly service. The price for an uncomfortable and noisy bed in an eight-bedroom dorm seems a bit steep for the condition of the hostel, with grimy bathrooms and a pile of rubble in the corner of one floor, but the facilities are new and the guests a mix of internationals and locals. The vibe is quite boring compared to some of the bigger hostels, which is good for an...
K Road City Travelers
"K Road City Travelers comes with a lot of really nice extras like free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and flexible check-in and check-out, which makes up for the little backdraw of street noise. The Location The location is really nice, just a short walk from the drop-off and pick-up point of the airbus. There are also bus stops for the free city link, the convenient inner link, and many other buses pretty much right in front of the house. It's...
Fat Cat Travellers Community
"… and welcoming community. You are invited to join us for pizza nights, communal meals and on our outings to the beach. We have bikes and walking trails which are great to explore - you're also welcome to help yourself to the beautiful vegetables in the garden! We are 25 minutes from the popular west coast surf beaches (closer than any other Auckland hostel), 10 minutes to spectacular Waitakere Ranges National Park where you can trek...
"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...
"… system and Skylights are also installed for residents to have fresh air and nature sunlight. Personal lockers are offered in dorms to ensure safe of your valuable belongings. Full bed linen and FREE bath towel are ready for you. We choose commercial mattress rather than foam mattress which provides better comfort and enhance rest quality. FREE luggage storage is offered. We have 6 shower rooms and 6 toilets separately. Hot shower is...
Kiwi Airport Backpackers
"Clean and Comfortable -- Great for a one night stay - This was a great transit hostel. They pick you up from the airport ($5 fee per person - one way). Your bed is assigned, the room and bathroom was very clean. Staff are competent. You do have to pay for wifi but there are exactly two restaurants in walking distance, where you can get free wifi if you dine there. There is however a kitchen at the hostel if you'd like to dine in. I didn't use...
The Attic Backpackers
"The Attic Backpackers, located five floors up, has a modern feel to it. Set in downtown Auckland, it's probably the only hostel that has an old-school lift, meaning you have to manually open and close the lift doors. It's clean and friendly, with a wide range of people staying here. The Location It's easy to get to The Attic from the airport -- take the airbus and get off at stop #3 (not necessarily the third stop, but the driver will...
The Station Backpackers
"So comfy - I spend 1 night in this hostel but I'll be back! Bed and duvet were so comfy, kitchen and lounge are warm, everything is new, city center is 10 mn walk." … "… to The Station Canteen situated on the top floor with sweeping city views. The food and vibrant setting has made The Station Canteen a hotspot with the locals. See for yourself @ www.facebook.com/the station canteen All rooms have fully made-up beds with fresh...
Grafton House Accommodation
"… views over the harbour and down the tree lined Grafton Valley. Comprising three levels in total; each has floor has its own sunny living area and newly renovated shared kitchen and bathrooms. We work to encourage a great tenant and Visitor atmosphere where people can meet as a group and socialise together. 24 Hour access safe and secure. Located on the boarder of Grafton and Eden Terrace we are just minutes from the heart of...
Queen Street Backpackers
"Queen Street Backpackers is in need of better management, especially in the area of cleaning and maintenance. There are many hostels in central Auckland that are just as close to the ferry and train terminals. Go to those first, and use this one as a last resort if the others are full. If you need to leave early in the morning, you may end up leaving without breakfast, as you cannot have access to the kitchen until after 8 a.m. The...
Georgia Parkside Backpackers
Grafton Auckland Central
"Booked a private room with a friend, room was ok, without a flyscreen so we had mosquitoes buzzing around our heads at night. The main room has a pool table and giant old staircase surrounded by stained glass windows. There's a balcony with nice views of the neighboring park. The bathrooms were primitive and filthy compared to other hostel/backpackers bathrooms." … 189 Park Road
Aloe Tree Backpacker
"You can't beat the free internet." … "Although it looks as though it's falling down from the outside it's not too bad on the inside. We didnt get much sleep as the guys next door were being noisy but its in a nice part of Auckland-Parnell. The guys that own it are friendly enough and the internet is free which is ex when you first arrive and have lots of planning to do. All in all it was an ok hostel but not the best." …...
"Bando Hostel is Located in the midst of the Auckland University of Technology Campuses and is only only about 5 minuted of walking distance to the University of Auckland and the City Center. Bando Hostel is clean, safe and friendly. Bando Hostel also facilitates multi national tenants which creates a special atmosphere of living. If interested, Please give the Manager a call on +64 21 049 2400 so a meet at the hostel could be arranged. And if...
Shooters Saloon Auckland
"Backpackers & Bar Aucklands best Party house. Bar with regular live music & events. $5 beers & 'never ending happy hour', Food specials. Sunday afternoon chill out sessions with outdoor live music.'Open mic' nights on Thurs. Parties & functions on most weekend nights. Note; This is a party backpackers, so don't come to stay here if you expect to sleep early on weekend nights.. .Please contact us directly if you are checking...
Airport Skyway Lodge
"Great for late arrivals, transit, and early departures - Skyway Lodge is a fabulous choice for late evening arrivals or early morning departures from Auckland International Airport. Just minutes away, Skyway lodge offers generous private rooms or dormitory beds at backpacker prices. A spacious great room and kitchen provide guests with plenty of space and comfort to relax and share information and experiences in a warm, intimate atmosphere....
Kiwi Heritage Homestay
"… Weddings/functions in West Auckland/Waitakere area or visiting friends and family. The lounge, kitchen and dining areas of the house are shared. Open fires on cold Winter evenings. Each bedroom has excellent beds/bedding, heaters in Winter. Bathrooms are also shared. Easy access to Mt Eden Rugby Park by train (Glen Eden to Kingsland stop). There is self help continental breakfast available which includes my home made muesli....
Airport Bed & Breakfast
"… Breakfast is the closest B&B to Auckland Airport & combines ample facilities with great value for money. Your friendly Kiwi host, Laurel, will make your stay pleasant & relaxed and provide a wealth of local tourist information. We have 10 quality rooms available. 4 of the rooms are ensuites with the 6 other rooms having access to shared bathroom facilities. All rooms have central heating and fans, a vanity unit, hairdryer, soap...
University Hall Auckland
"… clean, and comfortable with an onsite dining hall, University Hall is the perfect place to stop over while you explore central Auckland and surrounds. Tucked away, it also offers peace and quiet in a convenient location. Our Double Ensuite Private Room comes complete with a double bed, linen and your own ensuite bathroom, and our Standard Single Private Room comes with a single bed and linen and has shared bathroom facilities....
Auckland City Hotel
"Great Place to stay. Very close to the city. Yes, the room is bit small but you get what you pay. An en-suite room with NZD60. Good enough for me. By the way, all the staff are very nice." … "This hotel has a hostel section, which basically means super ghetto-ified hotel room. They have a TV in the rooms and provide a towel, but the bathrooms are super shady and I didn't take a shower while I was there. There was early-morning noise...
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Auckland Travel Tips & Suggestions
Definitely do Waiheke Island -- there are only a couple of hostels. Buses only run once an hour, so bring lots of your own food, although nothing too perishable as the fridges in many hostels are nowhere near cold enough after everyone's stuff has been crammed in. It's a long walk to the takeaways. There's no need to hire a car really -- just get off the bus in Onerowa and hire a bike out for the day from one of the shops. It's a really nice island with lovely, white sand beaches and it's cheap and easy to get to (by Fullers ferry from the Viaduct Harbour it's a half-hour journey at 20 summit dollars return).
Don't pay large amounts of money to park in one of the multi-story carparks across the road from the hostels downtown -- I parked my car for free on New Street, which is about ten to fifteen minutes' walk west from where the hostels are downtown. There are plenty of other streets in that area which would be suitable, any of the side roads off College Hill or Franklin Street (look on Google street map). Ok, so they might not be quite as secure as the carpark, but that is not a premium worth paying 20 bucks a night for in my opinion. As for buying a car in Auckland, cars on notice boards in hostels and internet cafes are almost always seriously overpriced by up to double the going rate in free ads papers (I guess maybe because the same people who buy from them sell on them), might be a hassle to get on buses to look at cars but it's worth it if you get a decent car for hundreds of dollars less than those boards. The backpackers car auction place is even worse, don't even bother going there, I saw a couple of cars in worse states than what I ended up buying for two and a half times the price I paid. Plenty of people buying cars and vans are not willing to do any research or in a rush, but seriously, buy a free-ads paper, give yourself an extra couple of days, and get a car from a local, it's well worth spending the extra time if you get a significantly better and/or cheaper car at the end of it. And you can always sell it on those boards when you leave for a profit to clueless travelers who haven't taken the time to do research on sites like this. If you want to save even more money, wait until you are out of Auckland to buy a car or van -- I found that prices in other parts of New Zealand were significantly lower for backpacker suitable vehicles (station wagons, vans) than those in Auckland, and also you won't have the hassle of long bus rides looking for something and stressful city driving when you've bought it.
Dont miss Waihiki Island! Go there and have lunch at one of the many charming cafes, there. By the way, the Auckland Museum is in a beautiful green area, it's only NZD5 and there are volunteers to show you around.
One of the most interesting tours I've done on my world trip was Murray Baker's volcano tour of Auckland (www.geotours.co.nz). Price is around €40-45. Also useful if you're going on to Hawaii afterwards.
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