We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Ponsonby Backpackers

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Management photos
Ponsonby Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

326 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 292: English reviews
Southsea, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived late at night and the key was left out for us, to then settle in the morning, which is great. However, 9.45am checkout time is pretty early for a hostel. Especially when the room had clearly not had a solid clean in a long time, there was a bit of an off smell in there as well and no... More 

Helpful?
Thank Luke A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I started travelling in New Zealand, landed in Auckland having booked into Ponsonby backpackers. Made my way to the Hostel where I was greeted by the lovely Heather. She showed me what was what and set me up with my food area, key to my room and a good bit of info about the surrounding are. I needed to get... More 

Helpful?
Thank Finn C
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, Always great to hear that the staff went above and beyond in making you feel welcome during your stay and that they helped you get sorted from your IRD number to getting your bank account opened, it sure does makes it easier when trying to find your feet... More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hostel had a nice relaxed welcoming vibe with good communal areas both indoor and out. There is a kitchen and cupboard space available at no extra cost too. We stayed in a private double room which was perfect. Nice comfy bed and clean tidy room with a little cupboard space for your belongings. The only downfall was the bathrooms,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Josh S
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 enjoyed your stay with us. It's nice to hear that you found us to be relaxing and that you also enjoyed our awesome facilities inside and out. Great that you found your private room 'perfect' and catered to what you needed. :) We are currently... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got a pleasant surprise when our taxi from the airport dropped us off outside this place in a beautiful suburban tree lined street. Cool building in a great location in trendy Ponsonby, close enough to walk into CBD with great bus link too. We had a twin room which was very comfortable, they even have free wifi in the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Feefs99
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us such an awesome review, Always nice to hear that you loved our old 19th century villa, it definitely has lots of character and charm. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb such as Ponsonby with lots of great shops and eateries near by and also easy access... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location in the heart of Ponsonby, excellent for the city as only 20 mins walk away. I stayed with a mate in a wee cabin, very clean, tidy and organised. The staff were very welcoming, had an abundance of local knowledge of places to visit and what to see and do night and day. The whole place had a... More 

Helpful?
Thank CinELEss
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for leaving us a review, We do consider ourselves to be very lucky to be located in such an awesome suburb - Ponsonby has some of the best bars and restaurants in Auckland and still with easy access in to the city. Great to hear that the staff made you feel welcome and that they shared all their... More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved my stay at Ponsonby Backpackers. The house is nice, the staff is friendly, the kitchen is clean and well stocked. The main lounge area has a nice comfy sofa to hang out with your laptop or watch a DVD. Ponsonby Road is right there with lots of great food options, night life and shopping within walking distance. There... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jenna D
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for leaving us such a great review, We are happy to hear that you 'loved your stay with us' and found the house and staff friendly. :) Always great to hear that you have enjoyed our awesome facilities too. We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb such as Ponsonby with lots of great... More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Couldn’t recommend this hostel more! Staff are awesome, big shout out to Heather, Louis and Piper who felt like family while I was there and always went above and beyond what was expected. It has great facilities - a sweet outdoor area to chill in, have a beer and chat to travellers passing through, a BBQ and a cosy sitting... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sharon M
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for leaving us an awesome review, Amazing to hear that you would recommend us and that you found the staff to be 'awesome' We are very lucky to have an awesome team at Ponsonby and i'm glad they made you feel like family and 'went above and beyond' your expectation.. :) Stoked that you enjoyed all our amazing... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent service, with clean and spacios room although it was for 4 people. Also were happy with provided radiator which kept us warm through the night. Kitchen was really good organised and clean. Location is close to the city centre (20 min walk), however you can get everything on Ponsonby Rd (shops, banks, post offices) which is even closer (5... More 

Helpful?
Thank ursabbb
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for making time to leave us a review, Stoked to hear that you had 'excellent service' and found us to be clean and spacious. Happy that you made the most of our awesome kitchen facilities too during your stay. :) We do consider ourselves lucky to be located in a great suburb such as Ponsonby with lots of... More 

Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Okay I will say that is not perfect, but it has a soul, that take over is little defects. First the positive points, the staff there is really friendly and helpful. The house is really beautiful and this area of Auckland is the coolest. The kitchen is well equipped and it is clean, I stayed 2 nights and every time... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ingrid R
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi thanks for taking time to leave us a review, We are very lucky to have such an awesome team here at Ponsonby who are always friendly and helpful towards al our awesome guests. Always nice to hear that you loved our old 19th century villa, it definitely has lots of character and charm. :) Happy to also hear that... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly, good amenities, helpful staff, excellent location around the corner from Ponsonby Rd bars & cafes and close to the central city. 5 minutes walk to the left on Ponsonby Rd is the inner city link bus stop - easy link to the CBD or to join up to the airport shuttle bus.

Helpful?
Thank mikejury71
AklHostels, General Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to leave us a review, Always great to hear that you found us to be 'friendly and the staff helpful' It's great that you liked our location just outside of the city. We are still close enough to walk in easily or take a quick bus ride down. We hope you enjoy the rest of your... More 

21 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (9)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (1)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
1:57
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (5)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (12)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
Other (8)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Auckland hotels
1.4 km away
Kiwi International Hotel
Kiwi International Hotel
#28 of 68 in Auckland
592 reviews
1.4 km away
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
1.7 km away
The Langham, Auckland
The Langham, Auckland
#6 of 68 in Auckland
3,618 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.8 km away
Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
1.1 km away
Haka Lodge Auckland
Haka Lodge Auckland
#2 of 94 in Auckland
253 reviews
0.7 km away
Freemans Lodge & Apartments
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Internet
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Price Range: €20 - €51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld so you can book your Ponsonby Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ponsonby Backpackers Hotel Auckland Central
Ponsonby Backpackers Auckland, New Zealand
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Ponsonby Backpackers staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Ponsonby Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“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
“if you have the budget for it, choose o 2-room instead of a dormintory”
 of 5 bubbles escarpianneg, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms out the back are quieter”
 of 5 bubbles , 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Many rooms up a flight of narrow stairs with some rooms in a separate outside building.”
 of 5 bubbles sueNPNZ, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay