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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's an okay place to stay. The staff are friendly and helpful and the dorms are as advertised. The 'parking' is limited to 2 parking spaces and the street parking is restricted to 120 mins. The staff locked up my valuable possessions in theeir shed because the security lockers in the rooms are quite small. I was also provided with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place feels like home with the living room and comfy sofa. A lot of great people even the longstay were nice. Downside, dont do like I did and go there for the free wifi there isn't in the summer only one hour free when you arrive. You have to pay the rest. Also dorm are really small but comfy.... More 

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Thank Roxann B
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, Stoked to hear that you felt at home during your stay with us and that you enjoyed our awesome big comfy sofa in the lounge and that you also meet lots of 'great people' during your stay:) The WiFi is only 1 hour free on arrival but our prices are... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. We had the room right by reception which was fine but slightly noisy. No free wifi which was a shame, but REALLY close to all the bars and restaurants in Ponsonby which was fantastic! Living room had an electric fire which was a nice bonus.

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Thank efhap31
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, Glad you enjoyed your stay with us even though you found the room next to reception a noisy. It can get a wee bit noisy in the reception area now that we are busier and people travelling on early in the morning. We do give 1 hour free complementary WiFi... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for about one week and had a great time! Other travelers were very nice, the garden is lovely and the neighborhood is amazing. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room is small but all you need. Bathroom is just fine. Recommend staying here if you want to enjoy Auckland and the great Ponsonby neighborhood!

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Thank Tessa E
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 enjoyed your stay with us and that you loved our awesome location in Ponsonby. Always great to hear that the staff were 'friendly and helpful' :) We love that you would recommend us to other travelers. If you are ever back in... More 

Massafra, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ponsonby Backpackers is really well located in a cool area between Ponsonby and Victoria Park. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped but toilets were not really clean. The reception has lunch and dinner break, so you need to wait for them if you arrive during their break.

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Thank strafElga
AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It's good to hear you liked our location. We are in a building that most locals instantly recognise and walking distance from loads of cool things in the city. It's good that you made use of our kitchen and hopefully dug into some of the cool free spices or... More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed for 5 nights in August and found the staff very helpful and friendly. Generally a positive atmosphere and other backpackers were chatty. Kitchen facilities were crowded at times although the kitchen was well resourced. The bedrooms were old but clean and comfortable. The weakest feature of this hostel is the bathrooms - very old and not always so clean,... More 

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AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. It's good that you liked our staff and got on with other guests in the hostel. You are absolutely right, there can be a rush hour in the kitchen as guests come back from work/exploring the city around the same time. We are situated in an old building meaning... More 

Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

This Backpackers is the best in Auckland, the team is really nice and helpful. The room are clean, you got a heather in every room, the kitchen is small but with everything you need to cook and with some music :) people who I met there was super friendly! Also the TV room is pretty cool, at this backpackers you... More 

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Thank Melissa B
AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for leaving us such an amazing review. We are glad you enjoyed your time here as much as we enjoyed you staying with us. We clean every room, every morning so they are in the best condition for guests of course provide a heater for those colder winter months. It's great that you met some awesome people while... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

We're not very familiar with hostel life but compared to the Haka Lodge in Taupo this one was missing a few key things. Mostly it was fine but I would probably try some other places when I stay in Auckland again. The beds were pretty uncomfortable, the walls paper thin, the bathrooms were under construction while we were there and... More 

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AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We have just finished having brand new showers put into the guys bathrooms, meaning we did have a bit of excess mess around for a short period. This has all been cleared up and the gents now have sparkling new showers. We are one of the few hostels in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

I stayed 5 nights in this beautiful small hostel. The people were nice as the staff, big kitchen and a lovely living room. Grocerie stores are nearby and it is a 15/ 20 min walk to the harbour. I had a really great time there & would definitely stay again.

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AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for leaving us an awesome review. It's great that you enjoyed your stay so much and felt the staff and guests were all nice. We have a great bunch of people here currently which makes for some pretty good chats and social time. We are just 20 minutes walk from the city but quicker if you take a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

I stayed at Ponsonby Backpackers two times, once in November and I came back a month later. Both times I stayed a few days and I can only say that I've had a great time! The hostel is housed in a nice older building in a lovely street, just a stones throw away from heaps of cool bars, cafes and... More 

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Thank Marith S
AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for leaving us a review. It's nice to hear that people enjoy our hostel so much that they return. We are glad you were happy with our facilities on both your visits as we spend a lot of time making sure each guest has the cleanest and best stay that they can. It's great that we can count... More 

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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 

Additional Information about Ponsonby Backpackers

Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Price Range: $21 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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