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Ponsonby Backpackers Reviews

2 franklin rd , ponsonby , auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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420 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 87%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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A nice place! Old house, and great atmosphere. Amazing couches and big tv with many dvd's. Downsides.. quite a lot of rules. Kitchen closed at 10 (I think) etc. And although Ponsonby is a nice neighborhood, its quite a walk to the Queens st area. But overall a good stay.


In general, the hostel was very noisy at night, even during the 'quiet hours'. The place could use a good cleaning but it has an excellent location. The staff are friendly and helpful.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We're happy to hear you found our staff friendly and helpful. We do find ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb. We pride our hostel on it's cleanliness and our cleaning staff work hard to ensure this, bathrooms and kitchen are cleaned every single day thoroughly. We do hope you will come and visit us again next time you are visiting Auckland! Thanks- The Ponsonby BP Tea


A solo traveler, I enjoyed the ease to reach the hostel, just a hop off the inner green line and a wee walk down the hill. Not noisy, the odd guest who doesn't have a sense of others, but that is the same in most any place. The staff was available and attentive to my needs and queries. The bed was good. The old house is really nice, carpeted, nothing new but cushy and dampens the noise. Enjoyed the outdoor seating for a lounge before dinner. Met a few people and enjoyed my stay. Cheers

  • 20th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us enjoying our amazing outdoor area that helped you make new friends. :) Always happy to hear the staff were attentive and that you also enjoyed the charm of our old house here in Ponsonby. Enjoy the rest of your travels - The PB team


Our twin room was tiny with bunk beds instead of the usual twin beds. There was nowhere to put clothes except on hooks on the wall and nowhere to put our cases except beside the bunk beds. We were very glad that we only booked to stay one night at Ponsonby Backpackers and would not recommend it to other mature travellers.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi thanks for leaving us review, Sorry to hear you felt our rooms were small. We are constantly trying to improve, so it's great to get feedback. Enjoy the rest of your trip around NZ - The PB team


I LOVE this hostel! Travelling on my own it is always nerve racking when arriving at a new place but this place is so friendly and welcoming I had no problem making friends straight away. The staff are fantastic and will help you in anyway they can. I can honestly say Ive never been to a cleaner hostel, kitchen is spotless and coming from someone who doesnt cook at hostels I have whipped up a few things! Rooms are great, really comfy, TV lounge is immense, great atmosphere, recommended to every1

  • 15th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It s the place to stay if you are going to auckland

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Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. If you are ever in Auckland again we would love for you to come back and stay with us. Enjoy the rest of your travels - The PB team.

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