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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland, New Zealand

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland, New Zealand

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Updated: 8 November 2017

Auckland is one of the main places backpackers and budget-conscious travellers will land when they arrive in New Zealand. If you need to keep your accommodation expenses at a minimum, this city has got you covered. From downtown gems to conveniently located suburban getaways, here are some of the best hostels you can check into.

YHA Auckland City Backpackers

YHA Auckland City is situated just off the upper end of Queen Street. Besides having a convenient city location, the hostel features an array of recently refurbished rooms, from shared dorms to single- and twin-sized sleeping facilities. It has a fully equipped kitchen, communal living room, plus a spacious sundeck with its own BBQ area.


The Brown Kiwi

The Brown Kiwi is a small, budget-friendly hostel nestled in the inner suburb of Ponsonby. Cafes, public transport, supermarkets, and the city centre are all within close walking distance. This backpackers’ lodge also has its own garden, equipped with all the outdoor cooking essentials as well as a winter farmhouse kitchen.


City Garden Lodge

This historic villa-turned-hostel is located in Parnell and is the perfect option for those wanting a centralised place to stay that’s hidden away from the urban bustle. The City Garden Lodge keeps things simple with shared dorms, double rooms, kitchen and BBQ facilities. If you’re in the mood for something with an off-grid flair, the hostel also features a backyard caravan with a double bed.


Nomads Auckland Backpackers Hostel

Nomads Auckland is a downtown backpackers located right next to the trendy Britomart precinct. A free-to-access rooftop spa and sauna, plus a sundeck with extensive harbour views, are among its top features. Accommodation options range from shared 12-bed dorms to budget twin rooms.


Bamber House

Bamber House is an adults-only hostel in Mount Eden that enjoys a relaxed, residential atmosphere. A colonial-style house welcomes backpackers to relish its homely amenities, which include a reading room, guest kitchen, a garden with wooden deck, dorms with lockers and various en suite facilities.


Surf 'N' Snow Backpackers

Surf ‘N’ Snow is a modern, 146-bed backpacker hostel in the heart of Auckland city. The Sky Tower is just a few steps away, as are some of the area’s best restaurants, cafes and bars. Dorms range from four-bed to 12-bed options and includes a girls only room. There are also single, double and twin room options for those who prefer a bit more privacy.


City Lodge

City Lodge is a downtown hostel situated within close walking distance of Aotea Centre and the Auckland Town Hall. Each room has its own private bathroom and is furnished with a TV, fridge and tea and coffee facilities. The kitchen itself is shared, and there is also a quiet reading room for all guests to relax in. To top it all off, reception is open 24/7 and parking spaces can be booked in advance for NZ$15.