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Ponsonby Backpackers

2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gary_55T Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ponsonby backpackers is a great choice to avoid having to stay around queen street at a reasonable price in a great suburb. Ponsonby is a great location with good transport links due to the inner circle link bus and has a fantastic range of options for brunch, dinner. The staff are great and the rooms kept clean. Whether you want... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Gary, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are very pleased to hear that you you enjoyed your stay in the awesome Ponsonby suburb and that you found our staff to be helpful and friendly and the rooms nice and clean. Please do come back and visit us again should you return to Auckland!... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We like quiet hostels so this one fit the bill. Great location, nice staff (thanks Holly), and nice kitchen area (if somewhat small). Only booked for 1 night originally but ended up staying 4 nights. Highly recommended.

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Guys! Thanks for your lovely feedback! It was great to accommodate you and I hope you will be back to visit in the not too distant future! Thanks, Holly & The PB Team More

Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We spent a few nights here in a double room and it was a pleasant stay. We were given a warm welcome by Holly and a good sized room that had a double bunk bed with a single on the top. The kitchen and living area are rather small and can become crowded quickly but the facilities, free tea and... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Steph and Josh, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your lovely feedback! Please come back and visit us again next time you are in Auckland! Safe travels back to Hokitika and beyond :-) Thanks Holly & The PB Team More

Blenheim, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

- Good location in Ponsonby, 12 minutes walk to Queen str. - Friendly staff - Old building - Nice organized BBQ - Enough kitchen equipment - Good beds - Your own free locker! - Clean - Medium size hostel - Stayed 1 night - I will be here again

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your feedback! We do hope that you will come back and visit us again next time :-) Thanks The PB Team More

Waterloo, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We were looking for something a little more quiet and private for a decent price. This place is only a 20min (easy) walk from the centre of town and is a much better value than many of the hostels right down town (ie. Nomads!) I stayed at Nomads as well and hated it. At Ponsonby, the staff were very friendly... More

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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Guys! Thanks for taking the time to leave your lovely feedback! We are so pleased that you found our staff to be friendly and welcoming :-) We do hope that you will come back and visit us again next time you are in Auckland! Safe Travels-The Ponsonby Backpackers Team More

Lakeport, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

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 March 28, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 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

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Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
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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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