The north island is calling your name!
We at Hostelgeeks think it’s a pretty awesome city, which is why we’ve strived to find you the greatest hostels in Auckland.
Hoping to find work and a great long-term hostel? Looking for cheap backpacker hostels? No worries, it’s all covered here.
Psst! We’ve got fun, quirky and awesome 5 Star Hostels across Oceania.
It’s a shame there is currently no 5 Star Hostel in Auckland, New Zealand.
But we’re always on the lookout!
A quick introduction to the 3 Best Hostels in Auckland
Shall we cut to the chase? Alright then!
Once you’ve found your perfect hostel, be sure to find the location on our handy map.
The 3 coolest Hostels in Auckland are:
1. Haka Lodge Auckland (award-winning bunk beds)
Haka Lodge Auckland is a homely hostel, with an amazing inner city rustic feel.
We guess you would call it a “flashpackers” – where luxury meets budget.
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.
Read: Sex in hostels – 4 do’s and dont’s
The mattresses are also hotel quality, ready made for your arrival.
Good to know: this is an over-18’s hostel
When you’re not snoozing or making use of the free WiFi:
- Kick up a storm in the big, fully fitted kitchen
- Hang out in the open plan lounge room
- Book a tour with sister company Haka Tours
- Take advantage of the free tea and coffee
And if you’re feeling sociable but also kinda lazy…
Kick back and relax in the cinema room!
Haka Lodge Auckland is situated on the wonderful K’Road, a funky area known for boutique shops and numerous cafes.
It’s just a few minutes by bus to the centre or 15-minutes on foot. Easy.
We rate this hostel a top pick for:
- Solo explorers
- Stylish sloths
- Travelling twos
- Small groups
2. The Attic Backpackers (TOP location)
The Attic Backpackers is a sleek, fresh, modern hostel with a cosmopolitan look.
The staff members pride themselves on exceptional service, spotless space and a welcoming environment.
Calling all female solo travellers – this is the hostel for you!
That’s right; a female-only dorm is available.
Choose also between small and big mixed dorms, private single and twin rooms.
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
- Luggage storage
- Fully equipped kitchen
- TV lounge with Sky TV
- A spacious open deck area
- Common areas
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:
- Female adventurers
- Friends, not foes
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
3. Bamber House (home away from home)
We really believe it when Bamber House say they are “more than just a hostel”.
Family owned and operated for 20 years, this backpacker hostel is situated in the heart of Mt.Eden.
It might be hard at times to remember you’re in a hostel. This colonial building is so homely!
And what does every good home need?
You got it: pets!
Meet Clyde, the condescending cat, and Mars, the most handsome dog in the world.
Dorm rooms come with 3-8 beds. There is also a 6-bed en-suite dorm. All of which are mixed.
There is also the option of double and twin rooms, with or without an en-suite.
Important: anyone over the age of 10 years is welcome at Bamber House.
What to expect:
- Free WiFi
- Lockers – bring your own padlock!
- Hotel quality mattresses
- Poly-cotton sheets (included)
- Netflix and Wii
- Well equipped kitchen
- Board games + book exchange
- Free car parking
The Bamber family have put a lot of thought into social spaces.
Chill in front of the log fire, in the beautiful garden or spacious communal areas.
Activities are also frequently arranged.
Join a trip to the city, ten pin bowling or catching the latest movie at the cinema.
It’s like being a part of a big family!
Popular cafes, shops, bars and a handy supermarket are only minutes away from the house.
The town is either a short bus ride away or a 30-minute walk.
We highly recommend Bamber House for:
- Animal lovers
- Social butterflies
- Peace seekers
- Fun families
How about a long term hostel in Auckland?
No doubt there are many of you intrepid travellers looking to stay long term in Auckland.
It’s important to find a great base and easy access to job boards. This is why we recommend Silverfern Backpackers.
There is a good weekly accommodation rate on offer, plus up to date job boards on site.
The facilities really help to give it a homely feel, too.
Make use of the BBQ area, pool table, a modern kitchen and unlimited wifi.
The location is spot on – close to all the top sights – and the free breaky looks delish.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Auckland.
But, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Auckland, New Zealand first.
What about cheap backpackers in Auckland?
Of course, there are always cheap 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. It is worth it to pick a hostel in the city center of Dublin to avoid extra transport costs.
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
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers good rates as well as deals.
A Map of 3 Best Hostels in Auckland Locations + Sights
If you’re anything like me, you like to pinpoint your hostel 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:
- Get in touch with nature on a half-day Whale and Dolphin Cruise
- Visit the Hobbiton movie set!
- Be prepared and buy your Sky Tower ticket
- For the adventurous – try the Waiheke Island Zipline
Flights to Auckland?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Oceania including Auckland, Sydney and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over New Zealand and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Over to you
We have to say, we’ve been blown away by the standard of hostels in Auckland.
Aren’t they all so impressive?
We wish you luck in deciding on which one to book with. It’s not an easy choice!
It should go without saying that we’d love to hear from you.
Please leave your comments, recommendations, stories and travel limericks below!
We’ll always get back to you personally. It’s a promise.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.
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How to book the Best Hostels in Auckland?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Auckland!
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You will receive the discount when booking any accommodation with Booking.com.
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Hostel Packing List
Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.
Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.
The main things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries
- The hostel address – written down
FUN Things to do in Auckland
Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.