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“You couldn't wish for a better place to stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ponsonby Backpackers
2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“You couldn't wish for a better place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Ponsonby Backpackers was the first hostel I went to in New Zealand. Right from the beginning it became obvious to me that the decision to stay there was absolutely right: The rooms are tidy and clean, all members of staff are very friendly and in the tv room you can find the most cosy couch ever! From time to time, there are activities you can join (for instance the burger night on Mondays, where you get to eat the tastiest fries) so that it is fairly easy, especially for people who are a little shy, to meet fellow travellers. I liked this place so much I ended up staying there for ages.
Now that I'm travelling through New Zealand I have seen quite a few other hostels and I have to say that none of them can keep up with Ponsonby Backpackers! If you are looking for a cosy place to stay in Auckland, you should definitely choose PB!

Room Tip: If you are looking for a double room, room 14 is the place to be! As to the dorms, room number 6 is...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is the best Hostel that I have stayed in. This was the highlight of my trip to Auckland. My review sounds fake, but look at all the others. Only one bad review out of 76, and that one was in 2006 with the prior management. It was clean comfortable. An absolutely gorgeous Victorian house is used as the foundation for this place. If they had bathrooms in the rooms, (and breakfast lol) this would be considered a bed and breakfast, not a hostel. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Ponsonby was my first stop in NZ, and it was a great start. It is in a good location and is a short walk from Ponsonbby road or the Skytower. It is also easy to get to and from using the bus. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Be aware, the kitchen closes at 10pm to keep noise down.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

After a rather unimpressive 2 nights stay in another backpacker in Auckland CBD, I booked a night at Ponsonby's to meet a group of friends there. Nice contact on the phone, easy to find and nicely situated very close to Ponsonby road.

Warm team, veeery clean room, kitchen, bathrooms... Comfy venue with heaps of natural light in the different parts of the building and some friendly encounters.
Last but not least, very arranging team, as my leaving schedule was a bit chaotic. Maybe being Christmas day helped easing things, but my guts tell me a different story!

Highly recommanded, and I know where I'll stay should I come back to Auckland.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The Best Hostel In Auckland, New Zealand has to be Ponsonby Backpackers. It has a great location on Ponsonby road. Close to many cafes, bars, and restaurants. A short walk down the hill and you are in the middle in the middle of downtown. The rooms and common space is VERY clean. At the time we went they had a young guy cleaning the hostel and was going nuts! Has to be one of the cleanest kept hostels I have ever been in. They have a good T.V. hang out area and the kitchen is big, with two ranges. My only complaint was the double private was right by reception.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

this hostel is extremely clean, great rooms, staff very helpful.
Quite a walk into the centre up some steep hill ha! one negative is a bit quiet if you're expecting lively. A lot of long term stayers who are working so if you want more lively go further in the centre, if you want to just chill and relax this hostel is ideal.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

Highly rated on hostel world and rightly so. Small friendly hostel, great staff and very clean kitchen and bathrooms. Good room size and comfortable beds. Very close to Ponsonby shops, bars, resturants etc. Lovely outdoor seating area and lounge area. Price good for location to city. It also sits on Franklin street where all the christmas lights are, definitely worth a look! I would recommend this hostel if you want to stay in a great suburb close to the city.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 74 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
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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