The Best Hostels in Auckland, New Zealand

Offering a local touch, Verandahs Backpackers Lodge in Western Park is one the best hostels in Auckland, New Zealand
Offering a local touch, Verandahs Backpackers Lodge in Western Park is one the best hostels in Auckland, New Zealand | Courtesy of Verandahs Backpackers Lodge / Expedia
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5 February 2021

Save your dollars for exploring the North Island by booking one of these affordable hostels in New Zealand’s largest city.

Auckland is one of the main places backpackers and budget-conscious travellers 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.

Attic Backpackers

Hostel, Budget Hotel
4.1/5 (8 Reviews)
Attic Backpackers
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“Your dreams start here,” reads one inscription on the wall of this top-floor hostel on Wellesley Street. Geared to suit every roaming backpacker, Attic has its very own travel desk advertising a range of activities and is centrally located, only a few steps from Auckland’s Sky Tower. Inside, the generously- spaced communal areas also include a bright, leafy roof terrace. There’s even a few guitars up for grabs for those keen to introduce themselves with a musical number.
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YHA Auckland International

Hostel, Budget Hotel
YHA Auckland International
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From a self-contained apartment to eight-bed mixed dorms, this Youth Hostels Association accommodation offers the full gamut of sleeping options to suit your budget. Even better, Monday night means movie night in the basement lounge where you can enjoy not only a film but also free popcorn and a chance to socialise. Job-hunting backpackers should make sure to seek out the vacancies board, brimming with opportunities from local bar work to rural kiwi picking.
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Haka Lodge Ponsonby

Hostel, Budget Hotel
4/5 (5 Reviews)
Haka Lodge Ponsonby
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Located in the up-market suburb of Ponsonby, Haka Lodge sits between the stylish eateries and boutique shops that give the area its trendy reputation. The lodge fits well into its surroundings and is easily recognised by its pastel shades, bay windows and Rapunzel-like spire. Even the dorm rooms are chic, featuring solid wood bunk beds with built-in storage lockers, night lamps and privacy curtains.
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YMCA Hostel

Hostel, Budget Hotel
4/5 (383 Reviews)
YMCA Hostel
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Killer Pool Wednesdays, Indoor Soccer Thursdays, Free Barbecue Fridays – guests at this hostel near Myers Park will never get bored. Discounts are available for long-stay visits and, for an additional fee, there’s also handy access to on-site parking and an associated YMCA gym. As a non-profit hostel, all proceeds are reinvested into children’s charities in Auckland and the Waikato region.
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  • Hobson Lodge

    Hostel, Budget Hotel
    4.2/5 (43 Reviews)
    Hobson Lodge
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    With a quiet curfew in place between 9pm and 9am and a strict ban on alcohol, travellers seeking a restful night’s sleep will feel at home here in central Auckland. Best of all, a relaxing respite doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on any fun; the teeming bars of Queen Street are still only a 10-minute walk away. On-site parking is offered at an additional cost, but wifi and the use of computers is free throughout.
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    Borders Beyond Backpacker

    Hostel, Budget Hotel
    Borders Beyond
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    The two reclining sofas that greet visitors on the porch set the scene for these quirky digs, south of Auckland’s Central Business District. Free perks include parking, local telephone calls and unlimited tea and coffee, while a six-minute hot shower will set you back a few cents. The Auckland-savvy staff, including a former nightclub manager, are happy to give you tips on top night spots and even working holiday visas.
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    Haka Lodge Auckland

    Hostel, Budget Hotel
    4.5/5 (150 Reviews)
    Haka Lodge Auckland
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    A solid oak dining bench, exposed-brick walls and an open-plan kitchen and lounge area mean this hotel wouldn’t look out of place alongside its Haka Lodge sibling in Ponsonby. Dorm rooms range from five-bed to 20-bed rooms, with female-only options available. The hostel is part of the Haka Tour group, which means that residents who dare to sign up for the 192m (630ft) Sky Jump can do so at a discounted rate.
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    Verandahs Backpackers

    Hostel, Budget Hotel
    Verandahs Parkside Lodge
    Courtesy of Verandahs Parkside Lodge / Expedia
    Family-run by three Kiwi brothers and built from native Kauri timber, Verandahs in Western Park offer a local’s perspective on the city. It is handily-placed between fashionable Ponsonby and the student hangout on Karangahape Road – known locally as K’ Road. Featuring ornate fireplaces and leather sofas, the space feels less like a hostel and more like someone’s home. This theme is continued into the dorms, where comfy single beds are favoured over the standard bunk-bed offerings.
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    These recommendations were updated on February 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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