The 12 Best Hostels In Auckland

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How to find the best hostels in Auckland for your trip

In Māori the name for Auckland is Tāmaki-makau-rau, which literally translates to “desired by a hundred lovers”. Not hard to believe given the incredible mix of forests, beaches, and buildings the biggest city in New Zealand flaunts. Whoever you are, whatever you want, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with this kiwi gem, just like the Māori people did thousands of years ago.

In the heart of Auckland, you can find the CBD, Central Business District, the perfect place to watch people in suits go and make deals while you’re sipping on your coffee in a cute European-style café. This is the place to stay if you want to be close to the city’s main attractions, including the breath-taking Sky Tower, a stunning observation point or a thrilling source of fun – if you’re brave enough to jump from there. Ponsonby is an unmissable hipster neighbourhood, the perfect place if you value good coffee, good beer, and good music. Right before sunset, as the sky starts turning pink, you should climb up Mount Eden, the city volcano – yeah, that’s a thing! Admire Auckland lazily stretching into the ocean as the sailboats rock back and forth and when it starts getting a bit chilly, just throw that sweater over your shoulders.

Hostels in Auckland are around £15 per night and often offer outdoor spaces to relax with a cold beer on a sunny day. One feature you need to look out for is free parking, as it can be quite expensive. You definitely don’t need to worry about a good atmosphere and fun times though, as they are guaranteed pretty much everywhere in Auckland. Here is our pick of the best hostels in Auckland.

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  1. Best hostels in Auckland for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Auckland for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Auckland
  4. Best hostels in Auckland with private rooms
  5. Best of the rest hostels in Auckland

Best hostels in Auckland for solo travellers

Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel

best hostels in auckland - Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel

Imagine a pretty white house surrounded by plants. A big kitchen filled with laughter and the smell of rosemary. A lovely garden with wooden tables and a quiet cat. Imagine people from all over the world coming together around the same sofa, playing board games on a little coffee table. Now stop imagining and book your stay at the Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel.

Hostel highlights:

  • Common room with Nintendo
  • Outdoor area with BBQ
  • Board games

🏠 Address7 Prosford Street, Auckland 1011

🏘 NeighbourhoodPonsonby

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Redmond Street

Book your stay at Brown Kiwi Travellers Hostel

Bamber House

best hostels in auckland - Bamber House

If you’re looking for a homely feeling, Bamber House is perfect for you. This big building overlooks Auckland from the hip Mount Eden and features cosy common rooms with a cute little cat and huge gardens with a big fluffy dog. Let the owners take you to the city for a pub crawl, a cinema night or a game of bowling, or stay in playing board games and making friends.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor area with BBQ
  • Panoramic view
  • Organised activities

🏠 Address: 22 View Road, Auckland 1024

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mount Eden

🚊 Nearest bus stop: View Road

Book your stay at Bamber House

Fat Cat Travellers Community

best hostels in auckland - Fat Cat Travellers Community

What do you think about free vegetarian dinners every night but Sunday, when it’s pizza time? Let’s add campfire and movie nights, bread baking and organic gardening classes and cute chickens and cats roaming free in beautiful organic gardens. Also, what about compost and recycling systems and a bicycle-powered washing machine? Too good to be true? No, it’s the Fat Cat Travellers Community Hostel, it’s real and you can book it now.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Free vegetarian dinner every evening
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Workshops and activities

🏠 Address: 2A Sherrybrooke Place, Auckland 0612

🏘 Neighbourhood: Sunnyvale

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Seymour Road

Book your stay at Fat Cat Travellers Community

Best hostels in Auckland for couples

Ponsonby Backpackersbest hostels in auckland - Ponsonby Backpackers

Ponsonby Backpackers is a little cosy oasis just 20 minutes from Auckland centre. If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, this hostel located in a Victorian house is the place for you. You will feel like sharing a house with friends while chilling in the common room watching tv or enjoying a cold beer in the outside garden.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Outdoor area with BBQ
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Book exchange

🏠 Address: 2 Franklin Road, Auckland 1011

🏘 Neighbourhood: Ponsonby

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Ponsonby Road

Book your stay at Ponsonby Backpackers

Hekerua Lodge Backpackers

best hostels in auckland - Hekerua Lodge Backpackers

Did you know Auckland is not just the mainland but islands too? We recommend exploring Waiheke, a little piece of paradise with white beaches and tropical vegetation. Hekerua Lodge is the perfect hiding place for surfers, sun-chasers and whoever enjoys laying in an outdoor pool on a lazy Sunday afternoon, which, let’s face it, includes pretty much anyone.

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • BBQ

🏠 Address: 11 Hekerua Road, Auckland 1081

🏘 Neighbourhood: Oneroa, Waiheke Island

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Oceanview Road

Book your stay at Hakerua Lodge Backpackers

Best party hostels in Auckland

Haka Lodge Auckland

best hostels in auckland - Haka Lodge Auckland

Haka Lodge is not a traditional party hostel. It is right on K Road though – one of the craziest streets in the world that has daily events, all year round, from festivals to concerts to EDM nights. This is why this hostel can easily satisfy all the party animals while still offering aesthetically pleasing exposed bricks walls and solid hardwood bunk beds.

Hostel highlights:

  • Bunk beds with curtains
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Eco-friendly

🏠 Address: 373 Karangahape Road, Auckland 1010

🏘 Neighbourhood: CBD

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Karangahape Road Overbridge Eastbound

Book your stay at Haka Lodge Auckland

Oaklands Lodge Backpackers

best hostels in auckland - Oaklands Lodge Backpackers

Located in the stunning district of Mount Eden, right beside the cutest cafés in the city, Oaklands Lodge Backpackers provide an endless stream of fun. Enjoy a game of laser tag or a movie night, have fun at the BBQs that take place weekly in the gardens – yup, that’s plural – or swoon your crush strumming the common guitars in the living room. Just don’t play Wonderwall, please!

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor space with BBQ
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Events with sister hostel Bamber House

🏠 Address: 5A Oaklands Road, Auckland 1024

🏘 Neighbourhood: Mount Eden

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Stop A Mount Eden Village

Book your stay at Oaklands Lodge Backpackers

Best hostels in Auckland with private rooms

Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

best hostels in auckland - Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

If you want to feel like you’re living the real Auckland, Verandahs Backpackers Lodge is the perfect match for you. It’s a big historic house in Ponsonby, the hip neighbourhood, with a kitchen that will stun all the cooking lovers out there and a postcard view. Also, the sofas are extremely comfortable, which is always a plus.

Hostel highlights:

  • No bunk beds
  • Patio with BBQ station
  • Free parking
  • Board games

🏠 Address: 6 Hopetoun Street, Auckland 1011

🏘 Neighbourhood: Ponsonby

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Ponsonby Road

Book your stay at Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

YHA Auckland City Backpackers

best hostels in auckland - YHA Auckland City Backpackers

Perfectly equipped kitchens, huge common rooms with everything you may need for a rainy night in – from DVD’s to cable TV – and a beautiful balcony to enjoy Auckland’s gorgeous weather. YHAs are exactly like your mom: you can always count on them, and they’re pretty awesome.

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor area with BBQ
  • Steam room
  • Late check-out

🏠 Address: 18 Liverpool Street, Auckland 1010

🏘 Neighbourhood: CBD

🚊 Nearest bus stop: 490 Queen Street

Book your stay at YHA Auckland City Backpackers

Lantana Lodge International Backpackers

best hostels in auckland - Lantana Lodge International Backpackers

This is for the quiet ones. A hostel for those who like to wake up slowly, take a stroll to the La Cigale Sunday market, then go for a dip in the Parnell baths. Ideal for those who like to come back to a place that feels like home and cook with herbs and spices while humming to their favourite songs. This is for those who like to lay in the backyard looking up at the stars when their skin still feels salty. Yeah, Lantana Lodge is for them.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free tea and coffee
  • Free parking
  • Steam room
  • Late check-out

🏠 Address: 60 Saint George Bay Road, Auckland 1052

🏘 Neighbourhood: Parnell

🚊 Nearest bus stop: 48 Gladstone Road

Book your stay at Lantana Lodge International Backpackers

Best of the rest hostels in Auckland

Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

best hostels in auckland - Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

Waking up with a stunning view overlooking the ocean can only be beaten by relaxing on a hammock right before dozing off to the sound of waves. Waiheke Backpackers is a hostel’s response to the amazing seaside resorts you only see in films. Your chance to have a little Eat Pray Love moment while you lose yourself in the island’s vineyards or take a dramatic walk on the beach wearing an all-white ensemble.

Hostel highlights:

  • Outdoor area with BBQ
  • Free parking
  • Board games

🏠 Address: 421 Sea View Road, Auckland 1081

🏘 Neighbourhood: Onetangi, Waiheke Island

🚊 Nearest bus stop: Seventh Avenue near the Strand

Book your stay at Waiheke Backpackers Hostel


We hope this guide helps you find the perfect place to stay while you’re visiting the beautiful Auckland. Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in one of our recommended hostels, or if you’d like to share a hostel that you think other backpackers shouldn’t miss.

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