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Nuneaton
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Perfect hostel to start your travels in Auckland. Homely place in a prime position in Ponsonby and only 15 mins walk into the city!!! Clean and friendly. The staff will look after all your needs and are very welcoming

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here at The Ponsonby. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby is great for bars and places to eat. We do have some pretty awesome staff that are happy to help...

Paris, France
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Nice place, clean and tidy. Staff is really nice and will always try to assist you. Other Roommates are usually very open minded and will always go for a chat. Would recommend the place and will retirn for sure. Cheers

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy that you found us to be a nice place to stay. Our house keeping staff do work really hard to keep the grounds clean and tidy and i'm glad you found this to be the case during your stay. :) We are really luck to have such...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Ponsonby Backpackers was the first hostel I stayed at in New Zealand and was by far the best. So much that i decided to live there when I went back to work in Auckland. The place is clean, staff are really friendly and helpful and I recommended it to some friends who came to NZ as well. The location is...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our hostel and that you found it to be the 'best by far'. It's always nice to hear you found us to be clean and our awesome staff to be friendly. Great to hear that you recommended us to your friends. ;)...

Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Very conveniently located, right on the corner of Franklin and Ponsonby Road where you'll find all kinds of bars, restaurants, clothes shopping and corner stores! The staff here is very friendly and so are the guests from all around the world! Kitchen, laundry, backyard area, I like the set up! Affordable too! Heather was the most helpful of the nice...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us an awesome review, We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby is great for bars and places to eat. It's amazing to hear that you found the staff to be friendly, especially Heather. We are lucky to have her as part of our awesome team...

here & there & everywhere
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

Very much enjoyed staying here for a couple of nights, staff were very friendly and helpful, even called me up when I had forgotten something and kept it for me to pick it up a week later. Kitchen was ok equipped, the stoves could've worked better, but you could easily make do with everything there + the free spices were...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the staff to be 'friendly and helpful' and it's always nice to hear that they went out their way to call you about your lost property. I am sorry to hear that the stoves...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Ponsonby backpackers is in a great location, lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Fantastic atmosphere, staff work hard to bring everyone together and make it a social yet relaxed environment, rooms are clean and comfortable, comfy TV room and very well equipped kitchen and clean bathroom facilities, however the best thing about this hostel are the staff, they are all...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb - Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's still easy to get into the city. We are glad you enjoyed our 'fantastic atmosphere' and found us to be social but relaxed. We do consider...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 January 2016

excellent service! %100 jolly spiffing would highly recommend, loved my stay here, I stayed for a week and the staff was friendly and tried to help us when we needed assistance. Very clean place big shout out to heather and denny for a awesome time!

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us such an awesome review, So happy to hear that you had 'excellent service' and that you would recommend us to others. :) We're stoked that you loved your stay with us and that the staff were friendly and helpful, love hearing that Heather and Denny made sure you had an awesome time....

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 January 2016

The first room was clean and comfortable enough and despite some aggressive snoring from two other guests I was happy with it. The second room seemed like a palace compared to some of the other backpackers I have stayed at. I even had an en suite shower, basin and toilet which was shared with just a few other guests. I...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the rooms (especially your 2nd room) Always nice to hear you made friends and left with '12 email address's' :) Always pleasing to hear that you found our awesome staff to be friendly and 'doing a great job' We...

los angeles, CA
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Had a lovely time here for our one night in Auckland! The location is perfect with lots of cute and trendy restaurants and shops. There's even the organic market with an amazing breakfast place. The hostel has a well equipped kitchen, friendly staff, and nice dorm facilities. It was even in the best location to see the Christmas light festivities...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, Happy to hear you had 'a lovely time' whilst staying with us. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and it's still easy to get into the city and like you said it is an awesome spot for...

Province of Munster, Ireland
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Weve been a week at ponsonby, and we liked it very much. A lot of poeple are there and it is more like a flatmate meeting than a hostel. Except the price, which was to high for us, everything was fine. Ok the rooms are not the newest and they should start to reinvest, but also they have not much...

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AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, We"re glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Sorry that you thought the price was high, as we do consider ourselves to be one of the cheapest in our area. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. The PB - Team :)

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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 

Additional Information about Ponsonby Backpackers

Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Price Range: $26 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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“Female dorm > less risk of people who snor :-)”
 of 5 bubbles globetrotterke2016, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“don't know... i depends on how much you want to spend”
 of 5 bubbles 42marianneu, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“try not to get a ground floor room as the Windows face directly to the pavement.”
 of 5 bubbles cge_cge, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms for 4 are very small”
 of 5 bubbles valantinh2016, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Upstairs would be better if you can swing that.”
 of 5 bubbles jonathons475, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
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