Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel, Auckland

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Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel Reviews

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!!

Kate Jones

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Booked for 4 nights, stayed for 2 weeks. Wonderful place.


Really enjoyed the vibe here and friendly atmosphere, relaxed, great location and helpful staff. What I was not impressed with were the number of flies about the place and no traps!! Rooms were dirty and hot!! I got bitten by bed bugs, Had to leave windows open because rooms were too hot this allowed mosquitoes in. Then also getting bitten by these.


Liked: It's a good place to stay all time with really friendly people , and good space for cooking and it's a comfortable place. Only one trouble it's there are not a free wifi nearly , but all around it's nicely and you forget the Internet completely Didn't like: Not free wifi


Liked: Nice property with a good garden area and lots of sunshine if you just want to have a chill day and stay in. Bed was comfy and clean and the staff we saw were friendly and smiley. Didn't like: the long term residents take over the place so you feel like you are intruding at a party. We arrived for check in but had to wait nearly 3 hours for a member of management to arrive to check us in so wasted a day sitting around. Also the hostel is run half by the long term residents so on a night it can be noisy as there is no proper staff to quieten everyone down.


Liked: Very safe, secure, and friendly. Staff were good. Felt very homely. Didn't like: Have to pay $10 per month for wifi.


Liked: Friendly staff and clean rooms! You are around Ponsonby, which is a nice part of Auckland, but still like a 30 minute walk from downtown (or take a bus). But on the other hand it is a quite and relaxing, so if you want some day off, go for it! Didn't like: The common rooms in the main building have a very cozy atmosphere, but unfortunately it is possible that you end up in the building beside which is very basic and improvised. The have a very small common room and a kitchen. Hanging around there is not so nice, but you can still go out and to the house beside.


Liked: We got a double room, in a separate apartment to the right - was great privacy. Kitchen bathroom all clean. Didn't like: Long term guests kind of take over in this apartment.


Liked: Location superbHannes was absolutely lovely Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: Garden, staff Didn't like: No free wireless


Liked: The supervisor Didn't like: The room, the untidyness..


Liked: It's location Ponsby is very good and the kitchen we used was well equipped. The day manager was pretty helpful. Didn't like: We were in the apartment building next to the actual hostel and the building lacked any character, and felt cut off from the actual hostels amenities. The Internet is expensive, we ended up spending $20, and we didn't even use the Internet for any heavy traffic. The shower flooded as well.


Liked: People , character, Didn't like: The bathroosm are a bit silly



We have been hosting international travelers in our fabulous budget accommodation since 1997. The house, built in 1897, is a great example of early New Zealand architecture. It is a super-friendly, quiet and safe place for you to find out about New Zealand, plan your travels, meet new friends and look for jobs or buy a car. Sleeping a maximum of 32 guests, we offer great value accommodation in a fantastic central location right near Auckland city centre. And we have FREE PARKING right outside!

You can share meals in our homely country-style fully-equipped kitchen where we provide free tea, coffee, sugar & spices or relax in our sunny, subtropical garden or TV room. All our beds are made with freshly laundered linen sheets and duvets. Internet & WiFi and free local calls are available.

We are located in Ponsonby, Auckland’s best inner-city suburb with cafes, bars, supermarket, banks & bus stop, the waterfront and parks close by. The city centre is a 10 minute bus ride away, or 20 minute walk. A $1.90 ride on the “Link Bus” puts you in touch with all of the inner Auckland City suburbs giving you access to the ferry terminal, Victoria Park Market, the SkyCity Casino, Queen Street, Downtown, Britomart (bus and railway station), Parnell, Newmarket, the Auckland Domain and Museum, the Hospital, Auckland University, Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland Library and the famous K’ Rd.

The Brown Kiwi is ideally located for north-south travellers who want easy access to the motorway and Harbour Bridge.

When you arrive, our friendly and helpful staff will provide you with a map and directions, information about finding jobs or cars, and travel advice. We can book your tours, rental cars and arrange BBH car insurance for you

You can share meals in our homely country-style fully-equipped kitchen where we provide free tea, coffee, sugar & spices or relax in our sunny, subtropical garden or cosy TV room. All our beds are made with freshly laundered linen sheets and duvets. Internet & WiFi and free local calls are available.
Our dorm rooms have been custom built for adults.
Please note we do not take bookings for more than a week in the summer.

Location and Contact


From the airport Your most convenient and well priced option is with a company called “Supershuttle”. They will bring you to TBK @ $35 for 1 passenger, $42 for 2,etc. They have a free phone next to the information centre. A regular Taxi is around $90. A cheaper option for the single traveler is with the Airporter. $16 one way. Leave the bus at Britomart bus station. From here catch the “Link bus” from platform 9 traveling in the anti clockwise direction. Leave the bus at the Three Lamps stop which is the 1st one on Ponsonby Rd. Look for the BNZ (Bank of New Zealand), next to the bank is a walk way through their carpark. At the exit you can see Brown Kiwi, a 2 storey wooden villa with a flag pole out front.



Address: 7 Prosford Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel Auckland
Phone Number: +64 9 378 0191
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool

Wheelchair Accessible

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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