This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Auckland. To help you make friends with Auckland before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
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 also has 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.
Written by local enthusiast for Auckland hostelsMiika