Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
AT HOP card: It’s in your best interests to get one of these whilst visiting Auckland. Most retailers will sell them for $10 with a minimum top up of $5. It can be used on buses, trains and ferries around Auckland and helps you save coins. For example, a 15-minute bus journey will cost $3.50 in cash, but only $1.95 with use of an AT HOP card. Totally worth it!
Unique Experience: Support a local and see Auckland’s Secret Glow Worms. We did this and it was amazing. Kate takes a maximum of 3 people to a secret forest location not too far outside of the city. To help protect the glow worm population, phones are turned off and you’re sworn to secrecy. It’s just you, knowledgeable Kate and a beautiful glow worm lit walkway through the forest. Truly unique!
We guess you would call it a “flashpackers” – where luxury meets budget.
At 92 beds the Haka Lodge is one of the biggest hostels in New Zealand.
However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that you’re not in for a warm, personalised welcome when arriving.
Located on Karangahape Road – known by locals as the K-road – Hakalodge is just a 5 minute walk from Queen Street (the heart of the Central Business District). It’s safe to say you’re in the thick of it when staying at The Hakalodge.
K-road is dotted with cafes, bars, restaurants and convenient stores (most of them open till late) all within easy reach of the hostel.
Now let’s address what’s on your mind, 92 beds, that’s a lot of noise.
The Hostel takes guests quiet time seriously with the kitchen closing at 23:00 and the TV room closing at midnight, all this to helps to ensure that guests are comfortable and relaxed after a long days’ travel or city wondering.
For those of you are arriving on the red eyed flights, the Hakalodge is easy to get to either by public transport, shuttle bus services and taxis. When you arrive, you will be handed your welcome pack and room key.
The beds are comfortable, the linen is fresh, the pillows are fluffy, the décor is warm all this provides a homely feeling to this historic building. The exposure brick, with a splash of bright colour on the feature walls, high ceilings and the abundance of natural light from the large windows makes this place feel more like a trendy city pad, rather than a hostel.
Huge windows, great lighting, warm decor and bold furniture – we seriously like the Haka style. It’s definitely suited to a mix of traveller types.
Why I hear you ask?
Sleeping options tick every possible box. From 4-bed to 20-bed dorms, en-suite privates to 4-person rooms.
All beds come with a personal power point, light and curtain for that bit of privacy we all need at times. Not forgetting the under bed storage!
The bunks are solid wood, so forget about rocking and squeaking in the night.
Here’s a video so you get a better impression of the accommodation.
2. Oaklands Lodge (home-away-from-home)
Looking for cheap hostel Auckland has to offer? Coming in at (very) close second is the warm and homely Oaklands Lodge.
This is an obvious choice if you want a smaller place (50 beds) and to be made to feel a part of the family.
Important update: Oaklands is now a long-term stay hostel, offering a minimum of 2 week stay paid weekly. This is a great, affordable opportunity for Working Holiday backpackers that would like to find work in the city.
The managers live on-site and have obviously put serious time and effort in to making this hostel a home-away-from-home. They’re friendly, genuine and helpful – what more do you need?
The building itself, which is 100 years old, boasts great character.
Yet that doesn’t mean it’s run down, oh no! Walk around barefoot enjoying soft carpet and appreciate modern, double glazed windows and high ceilings.
When we stayed here we loved the following:
Large open garden w/ benches & hammocks
Lounge room w/ DVDs, Mario Cart & sofas
Dedicated work space
Large fully fitted kitchen
Super fast, reliable Wi-fi
More about the kitchen for a second. This certainly stands out from many hostel shared kitchens we’ve seen!
For one thing, there is an oven (that works!). Secondly, there are little separated cupboards for each room and so many spices it’s impossible not to create a delicious meal.
Make sure you check out the whiteboard in the dining area for upcoming events.
There’s often a family BBQ at the weekend, plus movie nights and quizzes throughout the month. What a great way to meet other travellers.
Though socialising is encouraged, this is by no means a party hostel. After 10pm guests are expected to respect others and keep it quiet.
As for the rooms?
A wide range of options from mixed dorms to twin, double and single privates means almost all traveller types are covered.
Each bed is sturdy and ready-made. Big lockers can be found in the dorms and also in the dining room.
Note: reception hours are from 8am-1pm and 2pm-8pm.
To top if off Oaklands goes to great effort with recycling and food waste compost!
Location: Oaklands Lodge is in a quiet neighborhood called Mount Eden Village. You’ll find restaurants, cafes and a supermarket all close-by. It’s an easy 15-minute bus ride to the city. Mount Eden itself is well worth a visit for sunset and offers great views over the city and beyond.
Choose also between small and big mixed dorms, private single and twin rooms.
To top it off, groups can now book entire private dorms from 4 to 12 beds so that the entire party can stay together. Facilities such as a bathroom is still shared with the rest of the hostel.
All linen is included. Locker rooms are also on-site. Bathrooms are separated for men and women. Female bathrooms come with hair dryer and straighteners. Who says you can’t look good on a backpacking trip?!
What else is there…
24hr free WiFi
Fully equipped kitchen
TV lounge with Sky TV
A spacious open deck area
For the musicians out there: locate the piano and treat other guests to a tune!
The Attic Backpackers recently introduced a Travel and Tour Desk. You can plan your NZ trip easily here, without paying booking fees or deadly hidden charges.
As for location; it couldn’t be more central. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the iconic sky tower, and minutes from popular Queen Street.
The Attic Backpackers is a top pick for:
BTW, Ponsonby Backpackers has moved to Attic Backpackers. So if you are looking for Ponsonby, you should book at Attic Backpackers or have a look at other hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Auckland.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Auckland
If I were you, I would stay at Kaha Lodge and then take the Skybus to the Airport.
The nearest Skybus stop is near the top of Queens Street, just after the junction with City road. It is a 10 minute walk from the hostel.
From the hostel you can also get a taxi. A cab to the airport would be around $NZ40. Please ask the hostel staff for updated prices. They will be happy to help you.
More Auckland Hostels worth to mention
We always focus on bringing you the coolest hostels. After all, you only need one kick-ass hostel and not 18 options, right?!
Nevertheless, to have this list complete, here is a bunch of more Auckland New Zealand hostels.
Fat Camel Hostel
Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
Queen Street Backpackers
Fat Cat Backpackers Community
Waiheke Backpackers Hostel
City Garden Lodge
Fat Camel Hostel
Probably the funniest hostel name on this list, the Fat Camel Hostel is a hostel with a low rating on major booking portals.
There is karaoke nights and such in this hostel New Zealand Auckland.
Staff are very friendly and helpful, big plus for the storage room where you can keep your luggage for a few hours after check out. Kitchens on every floor, so you can cook your own meal.
This is great for couples and solo travellers.
24-hour front desk
Location: Fat Camel Hostel is very near to Viaduct Harbour and 17.8km away from Auckland Airport. Closest landmarks and attractions are Queens Wharf, Sky Tower, Auckland District Court, Auckland High Court, KYCITY Entertainment Group, Auckland Art Gallery, Viaduct Harbour, National Maritime Museum, and Central City Library.
Verandahs Backpackers Lodge operates from two stylish 1900s villas nestled in the heart of Auckland between the city centre, K Road and Ponsonby Road, Auckland’s hippest boutique shopping, restaurant and bar area.
Offering double ensuite, double, twin, single, dorms and three- and four-person share rooms, it is suited to almost any kind of traveller.
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Located next to Western park, Verandahs Backpackers is located on Auckland’s famous Ponsonby Road, with cafes and restaurants on the doorstep. Britomart Transport Centre is only 5 minutes’ drive away. This hostel is 16.7 km away from Auckland Airport.
Nothing more, nothing less. A solid option when the other 3 choices on the top are fully booked.
Accommodation options include private rooms and dormitories. They have co-ed and female only dormitories.
24-hour front desk
Location: Queenstreet Backpackers is near Queen’s Wharf in the city centre. Britomart train station is just 4 minutes’ walk away, and Customs Street bus station is less than 3 minutes away. Auckland Airport is under 50 minutes away on the Sky Bus. Sky Tower is10 minutes on foot and Auckland Domain park is 28 minutes’ walk away.
This hostel is perfect for some island vibes, but obviously not when you want to explore Auckland city.
Waiheke Backpackers Hostel provides an amazing location and great value for money; just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, New Zealand.
It’s your very own piece of paradise – located on Waiheke Island above Onetangi Beach with stunning sea views.
Wake up to the sound of the seagulls or tui and head down the hill for a walk or run along Onetangi Beach. End up at a local beachside café, restaurant or shop for refreshments or a meal. Enjoy a stroll to a number of Waiheke Island vineyards.
City Garden Lodge is a 4 star hostel! It is a beautiful old house near a nice street full of cafes and shops!
They have a fully equipped kitchen with lots of free herbs, spices that is perfect if you want to prepare your own meal.
The staffs are very helpful and friendly. Their customer service is way too much. Private rooms and dorm rooms are available.
Location: City Garden Lodge is only a 3-minute walk from the Link Bus to Auckland’s city centre with Parnell’s restaurants, cafes and art galleries on the doorstep. It is a 20-minute walk to Vector Arena.
In this guide we obviously focus more on the coolest hostels in Auckland Yet, Airbnb is always an option.
First time using Airbnb? With our Airbnb discount code you get an instant $35 discount on your first stay.
How to use Airbnb?
First type in your travel dates and destination. Once you see the map, take advantage of the filters. You can filter for free WiFi, private rooms, laundry machine, shampoo included, Jacuzzi, even pools, free parking, you name it.
Named the most livable city in the world, one third of NZ’s inhabitants call Auckland home, once you get here it’s easy to see why.
Whether you’re the vibrant café culture type or an adrenaline junkie looking to bungee jump or Skywalk, from New Zealand’s highest building – there is something for everyone in this metropolis.
On top of this, the numerous art exhibitions, live concerts, boutique shops and opportunities to put on your hiking boots – there is something for everyone.
Food is a big part of life and Auckland is no exception, within a 10 minute walk of the hostel, Ponsonby Central offers a chic selection of mini-mall of eateries with a bold art display taking centre stage.
This place is all about independence, no bar, shop or café is the same, it is filled with unique establishments. It’s hipster without the price tag. The main district of Ponsonby echoes the originality of Ponsonby Central, so there’s no need to look online for advice on where to eat; if it’s in Ponsonby, you cannot go wrong.
If you are looking for generic brands, fast food restaurants and cafes then Queen Street is great for you, it is the heart of the Business District.
This is corporate central, where most Aucklanders work.
Looking for something more alternative things to do in Auckland? Then the High Street could be for you.
What makes this street so special I hear you ask?
It’s the Laneways, these capillaries run off the High Street and are full of little surprises such as tapas bars, pubs, cafés and breweries with outdoor areas perfect for ‘people watching’ whilst having a cheeky beer or two.
The High Street runs parallel with Queen Street, this makes it really-handy if you’ve forgotten any travel essentials. Just off the Hight Street is Vulcan Lane (the home of Vultures’ Lane) which has a vast array of craft beers and a lovely outdoor area.
This is a working brewery, that has 18 beers on tap and more than 200 bottle beers available. Their thin crusted pizza is also pretty-phenomenal. It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the High Street, and a great place to stop and quench your thirst before heading onto the Waterfront.
It is impossible to mention the City of Sails without talking about the beauty of Auckland’s waterfront.
There are literally hundreds of boats in the harbor, it’s a never-ending sea of sails.
The Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter are both along the waterfront and are two fantastic areas to dine and watch the world go by.
There are a variety of restaurants and cafés to cater for all budgets and is an absolute must for any traveler coming to the city of sails.
There are multiple activities to do on the waterfront from museums and fish markets to catching the cheap commuter ferry over to the lovely seaside town of Devonport, to name a few.
There are Whale and Dolphin safaris that depart directly from the Viaduct Harbor (season dependent) and New Zealanders are mindful of wildlife so no need to worry about the ethics.
Please note that Hostelgeeks does not support animal tours.
Day Trips from Auckland
There are two islands that are less than one hour ferry journey from Auckland’s main ferry terminal, Waiheke Island and Rangitoto Island.
Day Trip to Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is a known for its wineries, the landscape is a mix of beaches, vineyards and green hills.
There is a hop on hop off bus available as part of a day tour and with Auckland’s ferry and great public transport.
Day Trip to Rangitoto Island
Rangitoto Island is a favourite spot for independent travelers and hikers as this is New Zealand’s youngest volcano (a baby at just 600 years old).
It provides great hiking for both unguided and guided walks and is a perfect place to go for your first bush walk in New Zealand, remembering that unlike their neighbour Australia, New Zealand is not home to any scary creatures that are possible life-threating!
Once the summit of Rangitoto has been reached, the reward is a spectacular view of Auckland and The Gulf of Hauraki.
Maori culture is an enormous part of New Zealand heritage is most evident in the North Island.
There are multiple culture shows and even villages that travelers can visit within easy reach of Auckland. At the Auckland Museum, there is an entire section dedicated to Maori and Pacific history and their people, visitors can experience first hand a Haka and see all different types of artifacts and even artworks, the museum is open daily and is within one of Auckland’s best parks.
Thrill Seekers – Adventure Things to do in Auckland
New Zealand is an adrenaline junkie’s playground, if it sounds fun, slightly crazy and is at high speed than you’ll be able to do it in the island of the long white cloud.
For those adrenaline junkies visiting Auckland there’s
As a visitor to a new city it’s always handy to know if there are any good apps to help you get around and discover a city and Auckland has three great apps to help you get around on your new adventure.
It also has an interactive map and a section specifically for visitors.
This a great app for upcoming events from sporting activities to live concerts to art exhibitions.
It also recommends restaurants, bars, shops, nightlife and sightseeing spots.
This app is superb if you get overwhelmed with where to eat, there’s loads of suggestions from where to eat to what activity to do next. This cool app will tell you what’s nearby, what’s happening in the area and is jampacked with a great mix of ideas.
For those travelers who with be experiencing New Zealand by public transport, you don’t have to worry about a thing, you’ll never miss a bus again. This is a fantastic app keeps you up-to-date with times, delays and bus services in general. It allows the user to “favourite” your preferred route or bus stop. Great practical app, ideal for any traveler.
This app is so great, if you don’t believe me check out these reviews.
All the apps mentioned are available on both IOS and Android. This app is easy, quick and its simple layout make it easy to navigate. It’s colour coded highlighting where your changes are making planning ahead easy and simple.
A Map of 3 Best Hostels in Auckland Locations + Sights
If you’re anything like me, you like to pinpoint your hostel Auckland NZ on a map.
We’ve gone one step further and included some of the top sights in Auckland, too.
To top it off, here are some groovy ideas for you to try during your stay:
DON’T MISS! Support a local and see Auckland’s Secret Glow Worms. We did this and it was amazing. Kate takes a maximum of 3 people to a secret forest location not too far outside of the city. To help protect the glow worm population, phones are turned off and you’re sworn to secrecy. It’s just you, knowledgeable Kate and a beautiful glow worm lit walkway through the forest. Truly unique!
Sights to visit in Auckland are:
One Tree Hill
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Auckland?
There are a a lot of hostels in New Zealand Auckland. You can find the best hostels in Auckland New Zealand in this article!
We have to say, we’ve been blown away by the standard of hostels in Auckland. Aren’t they all so impressive? We hope this is now your final answer to where to stay in Auckland.
We wish you luck in deciding on which one to book with. It’s not an easy choice!
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