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Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel

7 Prosford Street | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hostel when we first arrived in NZ before our thru hike of the Te Araroa. Then again when we hiked through Auckland. Brown Kiwi is in the Ponsonsby neighborhood with a post office and New World within 1K. Despite being 3K from the center of Auckland (sky tower, bus station, etc) and the trail, we still... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

thanks so much for your comments guys, and so please you enjoyed your stay with us! More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In six weeks of traveling around New Zealand, this was the best hostel I stayed in. I stayed three times (twice by myself and once with my son) as I traveled from north to south, because it just felt like "home." When I saw my hostel friends on return visits, I learned they were doing the same thing for the... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. It means a lot to us that you really enjoyed it. All the very best for your next adventure! Damaris. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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121 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a hostel it's pretty standard, though (like most things in Auckland) kind of pricey. Big old house, great location at the top end of Ponsonby, though they could do with some fans in the summer. Bathrooms always clean, never experienced a lineup. The walk down to the harbour and CBD was fine, though there's a hill if you go... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you again anytime! More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Good facilties and good bed. Big tall ceiling rooms and personal plugs and lams which was great. Lockers for imporant things. Well equiped kitchen.good cleaning standard. Nuce garden and terrace. Really good for ponsonby and bar and shops. Not too far from town. Mix of people. A touch clickey but was only there for one night and day. Wwofer guys... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you stay again anytime! More 

Cologne, Germany
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44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I really enjoyed my stay in the Brown Kiwi - even if I just stayed for one night there! Currently I'am thinking that I saw all the time the wrong Auckland, because I stayed at the beginning of my travel for 3 weeks in Auckland, but in the YHA. The Hostel is very clean and not big - and that's... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you again anytime! More 

Anacortes, Washington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Stayed here for 3 nights on arrival to Auckland. The desk manager (Hans?) was a treasure trove of info on what to do in Auckland, how to get around, where to eat/shop, etc.. The hostel kitchen is kept clean and the atmosphere consisted of a young lively and friendly crowd, most of which were in there early 20s. Despite being... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you again anytime! More 

Paris, France
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

One of the best place in Auckland! Excellent location (Ponsonby is a good area in Auckland), rooms are ok, kitchen is big enough for everybody, living room is ok. People are nice, particularly members of the hostel! You can ask them what you want they will help you!

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you again anytime! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Brown Kiwi was a lovely quaint place to start our NZ adventures. Well located in Ponsonby close to shops and the city. The kitchen was a nice gathering space and good place to meet others. Lovely gardens and outside area.

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying and for letting us know how it was for you. We'd love to have you again anytime! More 

Montreal
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Friendly little hostel, we booked a private room there for one night. The mattress in our room was so bad: old and with a big curve in the middle, my husband and I slept very poorly. I eventually used the bed that was above our double bed in order to get some sleep. Otherwise the place is ok in general.

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1 Thank marilynemg
Adie S, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for letting us know about the bed. We have now replaced the mattress and checked with our guests that they like the new one. Cheers! More 

Prague, Czech Republic
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Brown Kiwi hostel is located in a fun relaxed area of Ponsonby, and the hostel itself is a really pleasant welcoming place. The very friendly helpful staff saved me from being homeless and along with fellow travelers made me feel like home. It is truly a great place to be, both to explore nice parts of Auckland or just... More 

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