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Ponsonby Backpackers
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

This place is a great spot! The beds are comfortable, the kitchen is beyond clean, and the staff are friendly and amazing to chat with and trade stories. The location is awesome if you love local coffee hot spots and food options ranging from cheap but yummy backpacker fare to raw and organic eateries. Just a quick walk down the hill to downtown as well. Next time I am back in Auckland, this will be my choice!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou! Such lovely comments and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay with us! We are lucky to be located in such a fab part of Auckland :-) Do stop by next time you are in town,

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stayed at several backpackers during our recent trip, but Ponsonby stands out as by far the best. Clean, friendly and comfortable. Did we mention clean! This is the standard set now, we just wish all backpackers were this good.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback! It's always a pleasure to receive such positive comments and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us! Please do come back and see us if you return to Auckland again.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Ponsonby Backpackers was my home for two months. I truly couldn't complain even if I tried. The staff were absolutely wonderful people. The kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms are always spotless. The location is perfect. I want to thank you guys so much for always making me feel welcome and going out of your way to ensure I enjoyed my time here. You guys are a blessing xoxo

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! You were a fantastic, bubbly and friendly person to have around and it really has been our pleasure accommodating you! Take care and please come and see us again!!! :-)

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Reviewed 28 July 2013

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. & I have stayed in a fair few. Nice service and rooms, good location and extremely comfortable lounge and facilities. It felt sociable in there but not particularly lively - though that was consistent of all the places I stayed outside the city centre.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feed back! Hopefully you will pop back and see us next time you visit Auckland! :-) Safe Travels

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Location
A very nice backpackers near Victoria Park. Directly at Ponsonby Road which has a lot of cool (but expensive) bars. There is an international food court, too. Bus stop directly in front of the backpackers.

Stuff
Helpfull and friendly stuff making your stay very comfortable. They are really cool!

Cleaness
Very clean rooms and bathrooms. The kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned daily.

Livingroom
A big living room with a big TV you can connect laptops to. Sometimes watching a movie in the evening is nice, too.

Kitchen
It has may fridges, even if the hostel is a small more family-style hostel. Also the utilities are good. I like to cook and I missed nothing during my stay! Free coffee and free tea!!!

Wi-Fi
It's expenisve, but like in most of the BBH backpackers. It should be free like in backpackers in Canada or like the public Wi-Fi in Victoria Park just down the street or like at the library.
There is a computer which you can use for bigger uploads. It's two kiwi bucks per 30 min but it has no limitation on traffic!

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Rooms included a heater. I wasn't freezing one night.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We've stayed at our fair share of hostels and ponsonby backpackers is one of the best! It had really great facilities, we had a double bed room which was warm and the bed was so soft and comfy. It felt like a homely halfway house more than a business. The staff were amazing, John/Jonno was great, talking us through whats good in auckland for a whirlwind lookaround and helped us figure out the best way to drive down the coast of the south island and pointing out all the best Snowboarding places along the way! he also helped us out of a sticky situation with our transport and called the camper company from his own mobile to help us figure out the issue. Really great Hostel and I would recommend it to anyone. The courtyard area looked amazing although we didnt really use it (it was cold and we had to be up early so didnt want to be tempted by drinks outside). Location is great, Ponsonby is a beautiful part of Auckland, really trendy with great boutiques, cafes and bars around, as well as being an easy 15 minute straightforward walk to the sky tower and harbour area (nightclubs, shopping, etc galore). Definitely give this hostel a go!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2013

Hi Guys,

Thanks for taking the time to leave this awesome feedback! It's always great to hear :-) We are so pleased that you enjoyed the friendly and homely atmosphere that we do try to create here. John is a great asset to us, so thank you for your comments, I hope his advice served you well! :-) You're right, Ponsonby is an awesome area too! Make sure that if/when you return to Auckland you will come back and visit us! Safe travels,

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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

Ponsonby is flawless. The staff were so welcoming, everyone that stayed there long-term or short-term was friendly, it was cleaned maticulously, the kitchen was very well equipped and sky tv gave plenty of options for lazy evenings! Ponsonby is a great area, a nice 20 minute walk from the city centre but also close enough to walk to places such as the museum and mt eden. There is a New World just down the road.
In all honesty we were not looking forward to our long stay in Auckland but Ponsonby Backpackers made it anything but boring! Will definately go back if ever in New Zealand again and would fully recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2013

Hi Guys,

I so wish you had signed your names on this so I could thank you personally....what lovely comments! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that Ponsonby Backpackers has made a lasting impression on you! It's always lovely to hear guest feedback, even more so when it is so positive! Hopefully we will have the pleasure of seeing you again if you return to Auckland :-) Take care and best wishes,

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Additional Information about Ponsonby Backpackers

Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 132 Speciality Lodging in Auckland Central
Price Range: £18 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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 
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Ponsonby Backpackers Auckland, New Zealand

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