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Nomads Fat Camel Hostel Reviews

38 Fort Street, Downtown, Auckland, New Zealand

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1012 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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Small room but nice hostel


The hostel was conveniently placed near the bus stop but it was a dodgy area surrounded by strip clubs, escorts, and homeless people. The entire first floor smelled like cigarettes because the door to the street was always open. The bunk beds moved and squeaked with every breath and the mattresses were lumpy and uncomfortable. The kitchen area was small and full of old, unlabelled food. The bathrooms were gross. The living area was uncomfortable and smelly. Avoid at all costs.


The kitchens need a makeover. We found no frying pan that was complete. We did not use the fridge, but if we had done that we would have been disappointed. Everything was a mess in there. The rooms were really packed with beds and no power sockets. The staff was nonchalant towards us. It was cheep but this was the only thing that was good.


The staff was seriously excellent! We didn't arrive until after 11pm, and the guy working the desk was so friendly and helpful. Super close to bars and nightlife, so great if you want to go out. Rooms and bathrooms average, but good value for money.

  • 31st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good, cheap place to stay in Auckland. Nice staff, nothing to complain about


noisy bar and music directly under dorms .staff great.

  • 3rd Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


One of the staff( Called G) was texting While i was tried to speak to her. She FIRST answered after she was done texting.. So rude!!! The double room was like Being in prison. No Windows. The pay for thise rooms are not fair. Offer a Much lover Price for that bad room!!! The kitchen was nasty. People don't clean up after Themself. The kitchen was Way to small. You could only cook one person. The kitchen smelled because there was no Windows either. So bad hostel. DONT GO THERE

  • 24th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This hostel does exactly what it says on the tin! Although not the cleanest or most welcoming, it is perfectly placed in the centre of Auckland and has everything a backpacker needs plus a decent bar/nightlife.


We only stayed for one night but I think the apartment layout would be good if you were staying longer term. Double room OK size, bathrooms a little small. Excellent location, close to main street and airport bus stop. Free (small) evening meal is a bonus. Staff friendly and allowed us to check in early with no extra charge.


A little worn around the edges but still good for the money, plus free small meals each night

  • 2nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Hostel was alright, definitely bang for your buck because it's not to expensive. Isn't to much going on, I only stayed there for 1 night but it didn't seem to lively (could of course be because I wasn't there long enough) Facilities and rooms are alright, beds are not to great but it works. Has a bar downstairs with FIFA World Cup matches and $10,- great breakfast which was good.


Staff were great and very helpful. Great backpackers


Cheap convenient hostel with good location. I wouldn't stay more than 1-2 nights.


I like the location.

  • 23rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Thailand
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The camel's team was awesome !!! I stayed there for a while and they we're really friendly and helpful ! They became more than staff but friends. It was cool to feel like home. I will highly recommend this hostel for backpackers.

  • 22nd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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