Myself and of my friends recently returned to the states after staying in Auckland for 4 weeks while working on some research at the University, as well as some traveling throughout the rest of NZ. After an exhaustive search of possible places to stay, we booked a room at the Ponsonby Manor, and we are so glad we did. This truly became our home away from home.
The property itself is a recently restored Victorian mansion right in the midst of Ponsonby Road, a trendy strip of restaurants, shops, and bars. It is an easy 20 minute walk to the Central Business District, or a quick 10-15 minute bus ride (closer to 30 in rush hour, as we quickly learned) on the convenient Inner LINK system.
As other reviewers have stated, everything you could want is supplied in the Manor... full and well-equipped kitchen (which is a little small, so can be a bit busy at busy times of the day when most rooms are full!), TV room with DVD player, washer and dryer, garden area with nice big table and lots of chairs for socializing with other guests, BBQ, and nice dining area inside.
Although plenty of people come for just a night or two, many of the guests were staying at the Manor long-term, thanks to the good weekly rates. This has some great benefits, as you'll meet some really wonderful people and also everyone really treats the Manor as home, so the common spaces are never left dirty/messy and it never gets too loud.
I have already recommended the Manor to many of my friends and family for their future travels to New Zealand. I will stay here anytime I make the return trip to Auckland. In all of our travels throughout New Zealand, no other lodging compared to the Ponsonby Manor!
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