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Ponsonby Backpackers

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews
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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Thank ajr432
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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Thank MaxiKing23
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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5 hotel reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed my stay here! The hostel itself is great, with a really nice garden area where you can chill out and relax. Nice cozy t.v lounge aswell. Staff were really friendly and helpful and even made us pancakes for breakfast (not sure if this a regular thing though). Would definately stay again if I come back to auckland!!

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

Hi, Thanks for leaving us such an awesome review. It's awesome that you enjoyed yourself and loved the hostel as much as we do. Our garden is great in the sunny weather as it catches all the sun and makes for a great place to chill out and have a BBQ. On colder days you can turn on our heater... More 

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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This place is in a great location! There are plenty of restaurants along the main road and the bus stop is close by as well, so while it is a little out of the city, it is super convenient and easy to get around. I stayed in a 5 bed female dorm and it was clean and comfortable. I did... More 

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

Hi, Thanks for leaving us a review. We love our location, close enough to the city to be convenient but just outside enough that we don't have all the city noise. It's great that you found your room 'clean and comfortable' and made yourself at home in the lounge. We do not have many long term stayers, but being just... More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Comfortable hostel in a pleasant building, adequate heating for a quiet winter visit, great part of Auckland if you want to get a little out of the city centre, which is what I was after. Still walking distance to downtown attractions, or with buses right outside. Super friendly staff in the pub across the road, as well as many appealing... More 

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AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for leaving us a review. We are just enough outside the CBD that we don't have the traffic and noise, but close enough that it is a short walk or bus journey to heart of the city. It's good to hear you had a comfortable stay and hopefully made use of the fireplace in the TV room or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Amazing manager and staff who are all welcoming and extremely helpful. So clean and tidy with a well equipped kitchen and a cool lounge with sky TV! Iv been to a lot of hostels....trust me when I say this is one of the best!☺

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Thank Lloydie11
AklHostels, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for leaving us such an awesome review. It's great that you found us "welcoming and helpful", we try to assist guests anyway we can, whether it's where the closest supermarket is or planning a trip round all New Zealand. A lot of people love our TV room and comfy sofas in front of the fire to watch their... More 

Barcelona, Spain
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

The ladies at reception are very friendly, helpful and efficient I'd say. Nice and functional kitchen area, outside seating and general location. Parking situation a bit tricky, but all good. Definitely an option when I'm back in town.

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

Hi, Thanks for leaving us such an awesome review. We also think our staff our 'friendly, helpful and efficient', so it's great that we are in agreement! As the sun starts creeping up on us (fingers crossed) our outside area is a great place to relax and meet fellow travelers. We hope you made the most of this and enjoyed... 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 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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Ponsonby Backpackers Hotel Auckland Central
Ponsonby Backpackers Auckland, New Zealand
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