If asked to pick one reasons to go back again, that'd be Mt Eden Village that sits right out of the street. Shops, cafes, restaurant, groceries, cars, buses and locals. It's far better than the busy pace of Auckland CBD with ppl walking fast and high buildings.
For solo traveller to use public transport (like myself), be sure to plan the trip as one way to Bitromart cost at least $1.9. And don't forget there's outer link can bring you the other way, although it cost $3.4 if you past Newmarket.
(Tips, to get to Auckland Museum from here, a trip Mt Vil to Parnell library cost $3.4, but if you get down at Newmarket and walk there it's $1.9)
This is the only hostel in Auckland I stayed and it didn't match with some reviews I've read, as compared to staying at another hostel in other place of NZ. It could one of the best in Auckland.
The toilet and showers are clean, although space was a bit narrow (to maximize the use?) and sometimes with some smell (due to high occupant rate that not able to clean?). Kitchen is big but due to number of ppl sometimes it's crowed and busy.
It could be due to the room I stayed (8 beds) and there's long-term tenants, some utilities like storage area and plug were occupied. Unless one could blend in, or one will feel left out there.
Due to high occupants and high demand, there's more rules in here (which is my first impression) perhaps to make it more regulated and if you are new you need some time to figure it out.
However, the manager Johnny is friendly and helpful in answering and helping on stuff related to travel and stay.
Not my favourite stay but given the reviews from others, this could be the best in Auckland.
There's 200mb free WiFi for each stay (regardless how many nights you stay)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oaklands Lodge is small, friendly backpacker hostel located in the heart of Mt Eden Village. Mt Eden Village is a vibrant community with has a small supermarket, cafes, bars, restaurants as well as bakeries and specialty stores. We are 3.5 km from downtown with a bus stop less than 100m away. There is free parking available in the street. We have a range of single, double, twin and shared rooms with shared bathrooms, living area and a kitchen dining area. Laundry facilities are available at a charge and wifi is available for free. We are very close to the Airporter Bus Service route (Mt Eden Road Bus) for airport transport. We pride ourselves on being clean, comfortable and friendly. We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oaklands Lodge Backpacker Hostel Auckland, New Zealand