Ponsonby Backpackers is a great place for travelers who enjoy historic architecture, gardens, and quaint shops.
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. The neighbourhood is filled with charming Victorian villas and cottages and nice gardens and green spaces. The hostel is easy to find, as it is just off Ponsonby Avenue. Off-street parking is available, though it fills quickly, and then you can park on the street.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are well appointed with two bunks in each room, in-room lockers, and a chest of drawers numbered for each bed. Each hostel guest gets a room key. There are female and male bathrooms/showers. The female bathroom/shower is clean, but cramped for space and with little room to change clothes.
The common spaces include a large kitchen, a number of different indoor and outdoor seating areas for eating, a TV room with book exchange, a computer connected to the internet, luggage storage, laundry room, foosball outside, and a gas grill for outside dining. It is a fun and social hostel where you are likely to meet other friendly backpackers, but not a big party hostel, as it is in a nice residential neighbourhood.
The building itself is beautiful, and many of the original Victorian features of the building are intact, such as the charming open staircase. There is a free phone for local use in the reception area. Because it is in a residential neighborhood, there is no freeway or big truck noise, and no noisy bars nearby.