Kiwi International Hotel, Auckland

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I stayed in a double room here. It doesn't seem to attract many backpackers. It's not that close to downtown, but close enough. It was fine, but nothing special, though it did have breakfast in the morning.


Good for the price paid

Arrived after midnight, good friendly staff, enjoyed staying here, close to town, good view of sky tower.


Ok for a night, but nothing more.

I stayed here for two nights and it was ok. Nothing fancy. I stayed in one of the dorms with a few friends. The mattresses were worn and it was difficult to sleep on. The tiny bathroom inside leaked and the alarm clock seemed at the verge of exploding.


Kiwi International Queen Street Hotel & Hostel is a huge maze of a building, which doubles as a hostel and hotel and is on the airport bus's route so is incredibly convenient for new arrivals

The Location

The hostel is at the top end of Queen Street, very close to the corner of K'Rd. K'Rd used to be the happening place but it's now the Viaduct, which is at the opposite end of Queen Street -- about a twenty-minute walk. And regardless of the night life, going into town is a breeze but coming back is a pain, as you have to climb a long, steep hill to reach the hostel. The location for bus routes is excellent.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There's only two dorm rooms -- one for girls and one for guys (both with eight people). There are no mixed dorms. They're kept clean and aren't too squashed. The beds are comfy and the linen seems new. There aren't lockers for each person but communal cupboards, which could work on a first come, first serve basis or all share basis, depending who you're sharing with. If your roommates are untidy creatures whose bags explode open on arrival, then this will make the room a little squashy. The other rooms they offer are singles and doubles, which have plenty of cupboard space. The security is great -- you can't get into any room without a key and to enter the building you need to pass reception and they're quite astute as to who belongs.

The girls' dorm has an ensuite bathroom so eight girls share this -- it's spacious and clean and very convenient. The boys' and the private rooms without ensuite share the communal bathrooms, which are average (just a stall with some hooks).

Common Spaces

The large kitchen has all the necessary equipment and there are enough fridges for everyone's food. This is on the first floor and isn't really a socialising area as it's closed at 11 p.m. in consideration to the bedrooms nearby. There's also a laundry with washer, dryer, and iron, which is very handy as laundromats aren't very common. Downstairs is a very large, open-plan socialising area which encompasses the lounge/TV room, a bar, a dining room, and the hostel's travel desk, which also has a large book exchange. Just off here is a games room with a pool table and dart board. This area has a lot of potential, but in winter it's rather quiet and the area seems a bit too big.

As the hostel is also a hotel, it's run rather strictly and doesn't quite have the relaxed, party hostel atmosphere. As it's cheaper than most of the others (and probably quieter), a lot of people live here long-term so if you stay for a while and get to know the long-timers it can begin to feel like a home.

A free luggage storage is offered and this is in a locked room, not just a pile of bags around the corner. They also offer the use of a safe for valuables where special tamper-proof bags are used, so you know that your valuables are 100% safe, which is a nice change.


The hostel is clean, secure, and run efficiently. It lacks a vibey hostel atmosphere but is good for a long stay, especially if you're working and looking for a permanent place to live.

Update: We have been informed by the owner that this is no longer a hostel and now just operates as a hotel with only private rooms.

Bronwyn Fanshawe

I stayed in a single room at this hotel for a night in March 2007. Initially, I thought the hotel was quite nice and it's located not too far from the city center. However, when I woke up in the morning I discovered numerous mites in the bed. I was badly bitten and scratched my skin continuously on the plane back. I am having to go to hospital near home for treatment and I really regret not having paid a little extra for a better hotel. I hope that no one will make the same mistake.


This is a kicking awesome hotel!!!! There are roaches and unknown insects. There are cool parties here and I love them!!! This is a hotel for sluts so come if you want to behave badly!!!

Kiwi Queen

Scary . . . in fact, this is a cheap hotel. I didn't know of any backpackers staying here.



The Kiwi International is a low cost 2 and 3 star hotel but we also have hostel beds available. $24 per person in a dorm room sleeping 3 - 6 but the best deal is our share facility private twin or double rooms at $29.50. If you're looking for a noisy full on action place with heaps of young people then look elsewhere. If you want all the facilities of a modern hostel or low cost hotel along with guest kitchen, something that's more civilised than hostels the Kiwi International Hotel will suit you well. A fantastic central Queen Street location that's quiet and backs onto Myers Park.

Location and Contact




Address: 411 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

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Website Kiwi International Hotel Auckland
Phone Number: +6493796487
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Facilities and Amenities


Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Pool Table


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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