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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the Ponsonby area. The hostel was good, surely not the one with most connecting People as everybody just arrived or spent a night before leaving NZ. But to me, it was a perfect start and perfect ending to my NZ travels.

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

Hi thanks for leaving us a review, Ponsonby sure is a great suburb with lots of great bars and restaurants nearby. We are stoked that you found us to be the perfect start and end to your travels here in NZ and that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are sorry to hear that you didn't have enough time...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed in Auckland for a week and felt really at home in the hostel. The staff were all so genuinely kind and were always on hand if you needed anything (and to hang out with after their shifts!). Ponsonby itself is a cool neighbourhood to be based in with bars and food options just a short walk up the road....

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

Hi thanks for leaving us such an awesome review, We are stoked that you felt at home during your stay with us. We are very lucky to have an awesome team who love their job and will always go that extra mile for our awesome guests. :) Ponsonby is a great suburb with lots of great bars and restaurants to...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Ponsonby Backpackers for a week and I really enjoyed the time there. They have a great garden, really nice "living rooms" and a well equipped kitchen! The staff is absolutely helpful and they assisted us with everything (bank account, IRD number). Even as I asked them to forward a letter to me a month later, it...

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you really enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed all our awesome facilities from our garden area to our comfy lounge. :) We are really lucky to have some amazing staff here at Ponsonby who will go out their way to help all our amazing...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Good location just off from Ponsonby road, clean rooms and a well equipped kitchen. There is a good covered outdoor area for eating, as well as a living room with TV, DVD collection and book library. The only complaint is the lack of free wifi - you get an hour free on arrival, but nowadays many places can offer free...

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We do consider ourselves to be very lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby has some of the best bars and restaurants in Auckland. It's nice to hear that you also enjoyed our awesome facilities inside and out and that you made the most of our...

Ghent, Belgium
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Rooms were good, nice and clean. Small showers, but you don't expect much luxury in a hostel. The staff was extremely helpfull and friendly. They are happy to help you get your way trough Auckland and the rest of the country. They're in for a chat and almost all the time available. Kitchen closes at 10.30pm, that's a bit sad,...

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

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear you found our rooms nice and clean. Our showers are a wee bit small but we do keep them clean to a high standard. :) We are so lucky to have such an amazing team here at Ponsonby and like you say are 'extremely helpful...

Southsea, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Arrived late at night and the key was left out for us, to then settle in the morning, which is great. However, 9.45am checkout time is pretty early for a hostel. Especially when the room had clearly not had a solid clean in a long time, there was a bit of an off smell in there as well and no...

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

Hi thanks for leaving us a review, Great to hear that you had no issue with our late arrival system. :) Most hostels have a 9.45am or 10am checkout time. This is to ensure there is enough time to get the rooms and the beds all made up for the new guest checking in on that day. Sorry to hear...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 November 2016

I started travelling in New Zealand, landed in Auckland having booked into Ponsonby backpackers. Made my way to the Hostel where I was greeted by the lovely Heather. She showed me what was what and set me up with my food area, key to my room and a good bit of info about the surrounding are. I needed to get...

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, Always great to hear that the staff went above and beyond in making you feel welcome during your stay and that they helped you get sorted from your IRD number to getting your bank account opened, it sure does makes it easier when trying to find your feet...

Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

The hostel had a nice relaxed welcoming vibe with good communal areas both indoor and out. There is a kitchen and cupboard space available at no extra cost too. We stayed in a private double room which was perfect. Nice comfy bed and clean tidy room with a little cupboard space for your belongings. The only downfall was the bathrooms,...

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. It's nice to hear that you found us to be relaxing and that you also enjoyed our awesome facilities inside and out. Great that you found your private room 'perfect' and catered to what you needed. :) We are currently...

Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We got a pleasant surprise when our taxi from the airport dropped us off outside this place in a beautiful suburban tree lined street. Cool building in a great location in trendy Ponsonby, close enough to walk into CBD with great bus link too. We had a twin room which was very comfortable, they even have free wifi in the...

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

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, Always nice to hear that you loved our old 19th century villa, it definitely has lots of character and charm. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb such as Ponsonby with lots of great shops and eateries near by and also easy access...

Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great location in the heart of Ponsonby, excellent for the city as only 20 mins walk away. I stayed with a mate in a wee cabin, very clean, tidy and organised. The staff were very welcoming, had an abundance of local knowledge of places to visit and what to see and do night and day. The whole place had a...

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

Hi thanks for leaving us a review, We do consider ourselves to be very lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby has some of the best bars and restaurants in Auckland and still with easy access in to the city. Great to hear that the staff made you feel welcome and that they shared all their...

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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
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Price Range: £15 - £43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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“try not to get a ground floor room as the Windows face directly to the pavement.”
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“Upstairs would be better if you can swing that.”
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