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.
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 from other attractions, nightlife, and shopping in the city.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are pretty tiny, barely managing to fit all the bunks and luggage. The beds are relatively comfortable, but some of the pillows are covered in a strange plastic material, which is kind of annoying. The doors use card keys, so the room is pretty secure, but there are no lockers for your things. They have several options, from privates to large dorms.
The showers are large, made up of rows of shower stalls and toilets. The showers are pretty obnoxious -- you can't adjust the heat, so they stay just around warm, and you have to push a heavy button to keep it running every other minute. There's also no soapdish, and only a couple of hooks on the walls. And since the shower curtains end about two feet off the floor, water gets everywhere.
This place has tons of common spaces -- two TV rooms, with modern couches and chairs; a giant computer room, with about two dozen computers using Global Gossip for internet; and a massive kitchen and dining room. Everything is modern, clean, and comfortable, and everything has enough space to fit a ton of people.
This is definitely a party hostel. The reception area gives you deals on drinks at the bars downstairs and in the area, so if you like to party, this is the place for you. The rooms seem to be away from the partying, so they're pretty quiet. But since it's such a big, corporate-feeling hostel, it isn't very social if you aren't into partying. People are friendly here, but there are just so many people that it actually makes it a bit difficult to meet others. Overall, it feels pretty impersonal.
This hostel is great for people who like to party, or for people who are just looking for a convenient location for exploring the city. But its large, impersonal feel may turn off people who are looking for a more cozy experience.