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Ponsonby Backpackers

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2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
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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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Berlin, Germany
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Ponsonby's in August, i.e. Winter and thus low season in Auckland. Staff were friendly and helpful at all times and I enjoyed the very relaxed and easy going vibe there. Above all, cleanliness in the shared bathrooms and a well organized kitchen make Ponsonby's shine. Only worries were that the place does not connect as easily to... More 

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had a relaxing time. Free pancakes are always a winner with the guests, so we're happy you enjoyed them! It's always pleasing to hear that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful and our... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Backpacker is very handy to popular and trendy Ponsonby. My 5 dorm female room was clean, beds freshly made and only occupied by 3 guest including myself which made it more pleasant. Unfortunately this room and the others which are on the Franklin Rd side experience some more evening party noise from the nearby bars and pubs and Franklin... More 

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

Hi thanks for leaving feedback with us. Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and our awesome location in Ponsonby. Our housekeeping staff work really hard to keep the place clean and tidy and to a great standard. :) Ponsonby is known for having a busy and bustling nightlife on the weekends, so it can get a wee bit loud... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This backpacker is really good. I am staying here for a few days and I find it very clean and the people are really nice here. The staff is professionnal and nice too !! I clearly recommend it to backpackers coming to Auckland and want a peaceful place to stay. It is pretty expensive but its normal because the backpacker... More 

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, Always pleasing to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Happy to hear you found us to be nice and clean and the staff nice and professional. Awesome to hear you would recommend us and if you're ever in Auckland again we would love to have you come back... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for somewhere to stay and the family could not be more friendly and helpful with everything including help were to take the boys hope to go back in 2015 as my son will be 21 thanks for everything

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us so much the first time round that you are coming back to visit again. :) We look forward to catching you guys up soon. Thanks The PB Team :) More 

Launceston, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We stayed for a week in the 7 dorm room. It is a clean, quiet and well equipped hostel. You get 3 hours wifi for free and free pancakes fridays. It is close to the Ponsonby Road and a short walk to the city and supermarkets. We definitely stay again.

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and always pleasing to hear that you found us to be nice and clean, as our housekeeping staff do work very hard to keep the grounds inside and outside to a high standard. We do consider ourselves lucky to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very friendly staff, good location. Everytime I have to come back in Auckland, I m glad to stay in Ponsonby Backpackers, relax and chill in the garden, coocking with friends, enjoy the panckakes friday morning ! I strongly recommand this hostel, for a few days or even longer !! I just regret that we have to pay for the wifi,... More 

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us an awesome review, We are happy to hear that you found that staff friendly and that you enjoyed our awesome location in Ponsonby. Very pleasing to hear that you come back to stay every time you're back visiting Auckland. :) We are very lucky to have great facilities inside & outside which... More 

Darmstadt, Germany
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The hostel is situated at Ponsonby, a quarter packed with shops, bars, and restaurants. The city center of Auckland is in walking distance. I stayed in a four-bed-room. The room was tiny, but the hostel is acquainted with a large living room with tv and fireplace and a nice kitchen. The hostel is clean and the staff is very friendly... More 

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location in Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's still easy to get into the city. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome kitchen... More 

Noumea, New Caledonia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Room are very short but compare to others in Auckland it's ok because you save park and city center is not to far. I travel end of june and jully, it's a bit freezy and rooms are not reall well isolated against cold... Like in new zelande

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location here in Ponsonby. Like you have said it can get a wee bit cold here in New zealand due to poor insulation, however do have heaters in all the rooms and offer free extra blankets to all guests. :) We... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I stayed here a couple of weeks ago for 4 nights. The staff is really friendly and they help you out with everything. I felt like home Most of the hostels are like 'factories' but this hostel is really nice as it is a big old house. The rooms are clean and the facilities are amazing for a hostel. Good... More 

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, We are happy to hear that our staff were friendly and helpful, and that you found our 19th century villa to be homely with great facilities. Our housekeeping staff work really hard to keep the place nice and clean and do a great job. It's great to hear... More 

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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I stayed there with a friend on our vacations, we were in Auckland only for 4 days and I thought that it was really good. The location is excellent, a lot of restaurants, cafes, and stores... even a supermarket, and you can go to the center of the city by bus or walking and its not far at all. The... More 

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

Hi thanks for making time to leave us such an awesome review, We are happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location in Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's still easy to get into the city. If you're ever back in Auckland we would... More 

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