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Ponsonby Backpackers Reviews

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

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86%

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399 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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80%

Bathrooms were TOO small. Other than that, great staff, really great location and cozy accomodations.

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Hi Thanks for taking time to leave us a review. Really happy to hear you enjoyed our awesome location and the staff were great. We do hope you will come and visit us again next time you are visiting Auckland! Thanks- The Ponsonby BP Team

94%

One of the best environments for meeting other travelers I've experienced. It was wonderfully warm and friendly, and I will definitely go back next time I pass through Auckland


94%

Nice hostel, bit out of town but bus stop nice and close. Right near a busy high street with loads of bars, restaurants and shops.

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Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Like you says we are a wee bit further out of town, however it is only a 20 minute walk to the city centre and the buses do run frequently down to town from just around the corner. Ponsonby is great for bars and eateries and we're happy you enjoyed the area. We do hope you will come and visit us again next time you are visiting Auckland! Thanks- The Ponsonby BP Team

74%

An excellent atmosphere with nice deskpeople. Their knowledge could be better though. Loved my stay here


63%

Nice hostel, had a nice stay. Only the staff was really unfriendly :/

  • 23rd Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for leaving us a review. Always happy to hear thatyou enjoyed your stay. Sorry to hear that you found one of the staff unfriendly, as we usually get great feedback about the staff. We do hope you will come and visit us again next time you are visiting Auckland! Thanks- The Ponsonby BP Team

89%

An extremely nice hostel that you can tell is looked after and ran well. There were very nice common areas (one inside and one outside), with nice bathrooms and kitchen too. The rooms were of decent size, with very nice beds (I slept well!). Location was fantastic, seconds away from a very bustling street, or a 15 minute walk into the city center. Only thing that lacked was no lockers in my room, and no included Wi-Fi (it is 2014 NZ!!!). A shoutout to Cowen who was an awesome staff member!

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Thanks for leaving us a review.We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are very lucky to have an amazing outdoor space that the guests can enjoy.Good to hear you had a great sleep on our new mattresses. Providing more WIFI & lockers is something we are looking into.We do see ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb- Ponsonby is great for bars & eateries. Koen is a legend around here and we appreciate all his hard work. Enjoy the rest of your travels Thanks- PB Team

86%

I chose to return to this relaxed and easy going hostel . Smallish and perfectly placed with unobtrusive staff

  • 5th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


77%

Nice and beautiful place in a cool are of Auckland.


66%

The front desk staff are only available certain hours of the day (with random hours off inbetween) Free parking is actually street parking (you get a spot if you're lucky), if not you can pay a lot to park nearby.

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Thanks for the review, We are only a small hostel, so we can't be open 24hrs unfortunately. However we have got the longest opening hours in the area for a small hostel, The opening hours which are clearly displayed are as follows: 8-1 2-6 and 7-10. As for the parking we have 3 off street parking spots and there is at least 20 on street parks. We haven't come across any issues over the past few year where a guest has to pay for parking. We hope this helps and enjoy the rest of your trip.

100%

Great place. met some nice people. mostly long termers in this place, ut if you sit down and say hello they are really friendly. being outside the city is pretty good, but i suppose that;s personal preference. about a 20min walk to the city. could maybe do with more bathrooms but its not bad. cool chillout area too

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Thanks for taking time to leave us a review. We did have a few long term guests, however we have now minimised this for the upcoming summer season. We glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your return.

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97%

Situated in a more trendy part of Auckland (Ponsonby), you're right around the corner from delicious brunches and lunches as well as a variety of banks, etc. The staff at Ponsonby were wonderfully helpful. The hostel feels extremely homey. They offer communal BBQ nights as well. Tokens purchased through the hostel for WIFI were expensive, but that's nothing unusual as the internet in NZ is pretty bad in general. Great hostel. Would stay again.


97%

I really liked this hostel a lot. The location was fantastic. The Ponsonby neighborhood is really cool with a lot of shops and restaurants. It's about a 20 minute walk to the city center, or you can just hop on the bus. The living room and back patio are great little hang outs spots while you are at the hostel. They also were really nice letting leave my bag while I took an overnight trip. The only issue I would say is that the bathrooms were kind of small.

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Thanks for your feedback, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are lucky to be located in a great part of town! Please do visit us again next time you are in Auckland, Cheers-The PB Team

89%

This is a very social hostel with commited staff and nice little extras such as free coffee. The courtyard is great to meet some fellow travellers. Special thanks to Koen fot the great welcome.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and liked our awesome courtyard area. We are really lucky to have a great guy like Koen working for us! We hope to see you again next time. Cheers-The PB Team

97%

Great hostel, arrived really late they left out key and instructions. Location is great, shops, banks and supermarket really close. Is about 15 min walk into city centre or you can get bus. Holly was amazing on reception helped me organise my transport around New Zealand, which I'm very grateful for. Would definitely stay there again, highly recommend.

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Hey Jo, Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to help you out with booking your Stray bus and I hope you really enjoy your NZ adventure! Hopefully we will see you next time you are in Auckland. Cheers-Holly and the Team

86%

The showers really are very small, with not much space to put towels and clothes. Great location, helpful staff.

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Thanks for the time to leave us a review, We are constantly trying to improve so its great to get feedback.Enjoy the rest of your trip and enjoy Nz.

86%

Really loved this place. Very homely, warm and nice freindly people, both staff and other travellers. Facilities good, with nice garden to sit in and comfy long area. Kitchen is fine too. Only negative is no secure storage for luggage if you're moving on or arriving early.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our hostel. In regards to luggage storage, we actually do have a secure lockup where guests can store baggage. Hope to see you next time! Cheers- The Ponsonby Team

100%

One of my favorite hostels- this was my second time staying. Really enjoyed the other travelers here and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Thanks again for your awesome feedback! I'm sure we will be seeing you again very soon! Cheers-The PB Team

100%

GREAT hostel. I got in at 2 AM, but they left the key and door code out for me with a kind note. It was very nice room, comfortable bed, and good facilities. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.

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Thanks for leaving your feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and keep returning! See you again, The Ponsonby Team

54%

Some staff members have attitude problems

  • 23rd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Sorry to hear that you experienced problems with some staff members, we are very proud of our helpful and friendly staff, so this is sad to learn. I did email you to find out more about this, but did not get a response, please feel free to email us so we can gain more info. We did have you stay with us again after this, so I'm glad it did not deter you from choosing us again :-) We hope to see you next time. Thanks-The PB Team

94%

Fantastic place to stay. Great living area with SyTv and fireplace, with an outdoor seating area too. Wifi is free is you're longterm but otherwise you have to pay which is a pity. Also although the kitchen is great, it closes at 10.30pm and doesn't open until 7am so if you're an early riser or are getting home late, make sure you've kept some food and water in your bedroom. Location is lovely, very safe, on the inner and outer link bus routes and some nice paces to eat and drink nearby.


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