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Freemans Lodge & Apartments
Ranked #9 of 53 Auckland B&B and Inns
Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Great hostel with lots of character!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at Freemans Lodge for 4 nights at the end of a 4 month trip in NZ. We stayed in a beautiful private room complete with our own fridge and tv. It was great to stay in a place with a really homey feel. Staff and Managers are available 24/7 to assist guests with anything they need. The free wifi is REALLY fast. The hostel is in a quiet neighbourhood but only 10 minute walk to downtown Auckland and a 5 minute walk to some trendy shops and restaurants. There is also a park near by where you can run or just hang out. There is also a nice backyard behind the hostel. The house is over 100 yrs old and the rooms are beautiful. Multiple kitchens and lounge areas ensure that the place never feels over crowded. It may be a little more expensive than other hostels in Auckland, but the free wifi, great accommodation and staff make it well worth the couple extra bucks a night.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

I have traveled New Zealand north to south, and slept in many motels\lodge\hotels\backpackers and so on, this is one of the worst I have seen.

When we came to Auckland in the beginning of the trip we slept in different place, when we returned we checked the bbh booklet and saw this backpacker which received a very high grade.

1) When we came to the place there was no one, and we could not enter (we booked by phone, and didn't receive the code for the door).

2) when we manged to enter, we found out that there is no reception but a very small desk with no one around, you have to call to the owner.

3) the room is small and the windows have no view what so ever (could be the specific room we got)

4) the kitchen is SUPER small, and doesn't compare to the massive high tech accessorized kitchens that we saw all over New Zealand.(including Auckland)

5) (MOST IMPORTANT!) we booked a shuttle with the owner help ( a very nice lady) and paid upfront, in th morning when the shuttle came to pick us to the airport, the driver wanted to see the voucher, when we gave it to him, he said that it is not enough money and this specific backpacker have tendency to cheat him, and that he is sick and tired from them , he asked for more money.
Since we planned to go back home we didn't have any more cash., eventually he agreed to take us.

To summarize: there is many other better backpackers in Auckland, I will not return to that place.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Rooms are simple but clean and the kitchens offer all needed facilities. Bathrooms fine and all well-kept.
The manager and her support staff are all very helpful and free wireless internet access is great.
Be prepared for a good 20minute walk from the downtown quays area. But this location also very close to great range of restaurants on k-road.

Room Tip: Good balance of price and comfort. Away from central area noise and congestion.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Scotland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2011

The location of the hostel is pretty good - just a ten minute walk to Queen Street, and close to a supermarket. The staff are helpful and friendly, however, I was quite disappointed with the cleanliness of the place given previous reviews. There were flies buzzing about everywhere and the kitchen space was very small and cluttered.

The free WiFi is a bonus, however, it comes in one hour bundles (you are given as much as you need), meaning you have to log in and out regularly. This is not too big an issue, but a slight inconvenience.

The hostel feels like a university dorm, and as such, it is easy to meet people and make friends.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

I stayed at Freeman's Lodge in Freeman's Bay, Auckland New Zealand for about 2 weeks whilst looking for an apartment of my own. As I wasn't sure when I'd be leaving, I was apprehensive about having a rolling timeframe, but the staff were very accommodating, allowing me to pay for a few days at a time, as well as keep the same room I was in.
The Lodge is very clean and tidy, the dorm rooms large and airy, and the shared living areas and grounds very well maintained, especially considering how cheap the rooms are. In fact, I'd have to say it's the cleanest backpackers I've ever stayed at.
There are no meals provided, although it has two kitchens for people to cook their own meals.
The place is located close to Auckland city, K' Road for your bars and clubs, and Ponsonby Rd for fashion and more upmarket places, so you're never short of things to do, and there is a "dairy" (mini-mart) close distance as well so you can buy your own food and drinks.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2011

To quote the Loney Planet: "Invariably the backpackers who leave with a bad impression of Auckland have stayed in crummy, noisy hostels in the city centre." To test this, I stayed in Auckland in Base, Frienz.com, YHA International and Freemans Lodge. Not only does Freemans Lodge beat all these hostels in the city center hands down, it has also been one of the best hostels I've visited in 2 months in New Zealand. Thick mattresses, free internet, free wifi, computer & lockers & fridge in the dorm, very clean and a very friendly staff. And it's only a 10 minute walk to the city center. I would definitely recommend this hostel to everyone.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Thank Michiel_NL
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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2010

I moved here as the place I had booked was not up to standard. This was and was clean and quiet. The free WiFi was excellent.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Freemans Lodge & Apartments
Address: 65 Wellington Street | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
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Hotel Class:3 star — Freemans Lodge & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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