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Ponsonby Backpackers

2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland Central 1011, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lakeport, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took a long weekend in Aukland and spent 3 nights at The Ponsonby Backpackers. The location was great for exploring the Ponsonby District ( artsy, lots of good restaurants,bars and cafes as well as original boutiques) You can walk to the harbour in about 45 minutes or hop on a bus. The place was clean, friendly and buzzing with... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to leave your fantastic feedback! It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed staying in the Ponsonby area, which we agree, is very cool! It's great to hear that you found our staff friendly and accommodating, and the hostel to be clean! We hope you will come back and... More

Guernsey, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we first arrived in New Zealand, Ponsonby Backpackers was our first port of call. It really helped us ease back in to the backpacking lifestyle. We had an amazing time there. Out of all the hostels we have stayed in, this one had the best vibe. It made you feel like you were part of a big family. We... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Guys! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave you positive feedback! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much! Make sure you do come and visit us again should you return to Auckland again! Thanks, The Pononsby Team More

Perth, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is in a perfect location (15-20 mins walk from the city centre). It is nice and quiet but has a great atmosphere nevertheless. The communal kitchen and outside seating area brings everyone together. I stayed for 6 nights and on 2 of them we had barbecues which were awesome and got everyone socialising. The rooms are clean, the... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey thanks for making time to make a detailed review, We are glad you enjoyed our facilities and our awesome comfy couch. We also enjoyed helping you out with your difficulties with your bank. Just in responce to your negative comments. Firstly we are running a business and in business, you get paid for what you provide, So if somebody... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked the location and the building was nice. The staff was very rude at first but once you got chatting they were ok. If a person wants to give you their money maybe be nice to them so they will keep coming back. I liked how they offer separate the male and female bunks and baths. It makes things... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to leave your review, Our female dorm is very popular and well liked. Regarding a couple of comments im not sure what hostels you have stayed in but we certainly do not get odd behaved drunken males stay with us. Also our staff are our no 1 asset, and if you take time to read other... More

England
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights in a private room with shared facilities and really enjoyed our stay. The hostel is in the lovely area of Ponsonby which is full of cafes, restaurants and bars and only 10 mins walk to a large supermarket. It is only about 25 mins walk to the city centre or you can catch a... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for making time to leave us a lovely review, We always like to get peoples positives and negatives, Since your stay we have plans to make our internet more affordable and changes to our website for bookings are also taking place. Enjoy your trip, and look forward to seeing you back here at pb! More

South Shields, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Remember this review is about a backpackers hostel therefor don't go there expecting the Ritz. That said Ponsanby is a lovely example of a backpackers hostel. We stayed in a double room and shared showering facilities with other guests on the floor. The room was fine, a bit dated but clean, tidy with fresh bedding & towels and as we... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Ian, Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your recent stay with us! It's great to hear that you liked Auckland as a city, sometimes people don't appreciate how much of a fantastic city Auckland really is, in all of it's splendor :-) So that's lovely to hear! We are also happy... More

Morecambe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Ponsonby Backpackers really feels like home. It's small, has really friendly staff and guests and the comfiest sofas EVER! The whole hostel is cleaned to a really high standard and unlike a lot of other hostels in NZ the beds are completely stripped and re made after every guest. There is also a lovely garden. Ponsonby itself is a really... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review, we consistently try our hardest here at Pb and we love our staff. Along with our super comfy sofas we also have the best coffee on our doorstep here on Ponsonby road! enjoy the rest of your travels and we will see you back here in the future! More

London
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here at the start of a road trip through NZ and was a great place to start. The staff were very friendly and helpful which was great being new to the city. The location is great only 10-15 minutes walk to central or there are regular buses which take you where you need to go. Would definitely recommend staying... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found our staff to be friendly and helpful. We do hope that you will visit us again should you return to Auckland! :-) Cheers, The PB Team More

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

stayed here last august was great place to stay,meet other travelers,kitchen nice and clean ,cool location for supermarket and city center,staff were great very knowledgeable and soooo helpful.would highly recommend

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed so many aspects of our lovely hostel. We look forward to hopefully seeing you guys again very soon! :-) Thanks, The PB Team More

Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

It's taken me about a month to write this review, but better late than never! This is,honestly, an absolutely AMAZING hostel. We had a situation with a person travelling with us and John, the manager went ABOVE AND BEYOND the call of duty to help us. You are in excellent hands with the people who work here! They are extremely... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sophie! Thanks for taking the time to leave your amazing comments! It was such a pleasure to meet the 3 of you and we were extremely pleased to be able to help you out as much as you needed given the difficulties you faced during your time with us. We really hope that you enjoyed the rest of trip... More

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Additional Information about Ponsonby Backpackers

Also Known As:
Ponsonby Backpackers Hotel Auckland Central
Ponsonby Backpackers Hotel
Ponsonby Backpackers Auckland, New Zealand
Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland Central 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland Central
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 70 Specialty lodging in Auckland Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ponsonby Backpackers is a beautiful 19th Century, character villa located right in the heart and soul of trendy Ponsonby filled with swanky boutiques and funky cafes and bars. We invite you to stay in our warm, cosy and spotlessly clean rooms, with welcoming and spacious communal areas that create the real feeling and vibe of your home away from home. Our award winning staff are the friendliest in town and are happy to give you all the information and advice you need for starting your NZ adventures! Travellers ourselves we know what backpackers want and look for in a place to call home, a true kiwi oasis. See you soon! ... more   less 
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