Frienz Backpackers Auckland




The Review

Frienz Backpackers Auckland is a popular hostel in the centre of Auckland. It has a social vibe and lots of activities going on.

The Location

Frienz Backpackers is located in downtown Auckland, a block away from Queen Street (the main street). There are a lot of shops and restaurants nearby and the supermarket is just a two-minute walk. Public transport, including the airport bus, stops at Queen Street and the hostel is also located next to a big park.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Frienz Backpackers offers four- to twelve-bed dorms, all with shared bathroom. The rooms differ in how much space there is, but all offer bunk beds and a small locker for each bed (bring your own padlock). The beds come with bed linen, but they are not the most comfortable beds. The bunks are quite unstable and noisy. There are no extras in the room and it is hard to find a spot for your luggage as there are no shelves.
There is one bathroom per floor, with five showers and four toilets in total. This is enough for the people per floor, although it might get a bit busy at rush hour. The bathrooms are new and kept very clean. The showers come with enough hooks for your clothes and there is even a hairdryer in the bathroom on the second floor.

Common Spaces

The first floor houses all the common areas, with the reception, a TV room, a quiet reading room, the kitchen, and common computers. As there is no free Wi-Fi in the hostel, it is nice to have some computers with free internet (although some are a bit slow), and they are almost always in use. The kitchen is fully equipped, but the equipment needs to be renewed. The fridges are full and the system for keeping food a bit unorganized, which makes it hard to find your stuff in the fridge.

The TV room is a good room for socializing and it is also used for weekly movie nights. The book exchange is excellent and the reading room is a nice place to sit if you need some rest, with comfortable couches. There is also a roof top terrace with some picnic benches. This is a great place to hang out on summer evenings, but it closes at 10 p.m.

The best thing about Frienz Backpackers is the social activities they organize. Every day they organize an activity, from poker evenings to movie nights and parties. This makes it easy to meet new people and gives some extra value for money.


Overall, Frienz Backpackers is a great place to stay, with a fun vibe and good chances to meet cool people. The dorms and common rooms are clean, but the beds could be a bit more comfy.
by Paulien Staff Reviewer
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Reception area and TV room
TV room
Reading room with book exchange
Kitchen area and common computers
Roof top terrace


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Frienz Backpackers Auckland" at 27-31 Victoria Street East.)


27-31 Victoria Street East, Auckland, New Zealand
-36.849571, 174.766400 (accuracy not guaranteed)
64 9 307 6437
67 9 307 3751
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Does not accept people with NZ passport.
This hostel does not accept NZ passport backpackers. It only accepts foreign travelers. This is the fifth hostel I have come across in Auckland that won't allow NZ passport backpackers to stay or stay longer than 3 days. Nowhere in this hostel's Home page does it mention it only takes foreigners. This hostel's license should be terminated.
Judy Gray
Age 35, New Zealand
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 uninterrupted night, but ironically, meeting people isn’t a memorable part of Frienz -- guests keep to themselves. The Location Finding the hostel is easy -- there's a big rainbow monkey sign out front! The location right in town just off Queen Street makes it easy to walk or get a bus to anywhere in or around Auckland. Shops and restaurants are all throughout the CBD and good bars can be found a short walk away at Karangahape Road. Intercity and Naked Bus terminals are all within ten minutes' walk. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorms available include mixed four, six, or twelve beds; ladies four or six beds; twin rooms for travel buddies; single rooms; and standard double rooms. They make the bed for you (throw a doona down on the mattress), which is a bit weird and doesn’t stop the springs poking through the mattress! The separate bathrooms are filthy in the morning with urine all over the floor in the mens, but the shower is a super high pressure massage! Common Spaces Common areas include a lounge room with fifty sky channels, an ample kitchen with storage space, and a rooftop barbecue area with views of the city, perfect for a sunset grill. There is also free internet which is good to make use of. Frienz isn’t a dry hostel but no one seems to be in a party mood there. Some hungover souls lounge around, feeling sorry for themselves, but it isn’t a social environment. Summary Frienz's central location in the city of Auckland is a definite positive, however for a cheaper price, you can find a better night's sleep. They also do a free breakfast that could earn a recommendation -- we missed out on it but could definitely smell as we left.
Sally Evans

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