The Top 15 Backpacker Hostels In Auckland
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Auckland is one of New Zealand's coolest cities, and it's a great place to start exploring the North Island's natural wonders. The city also has thriving nightlife, fantastic cafes and bars, and two harbors that let you access the picturesque islands and national parks nearby. With so much going on It can get difficult to decide where to stay in New Zealand's largest city. 

Staying in a hostel is always a great option for anyone looking to save some money on accommodations in Auckland.

To help you plan your trip, we've compiled a list of the best hostels in Auckland that are affordable on a backpacker's budget. We've even organized them into useful categories for you!

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    Best Hostels in Auckland For Budget Backpackers

    Oaklands Lodge

    Oaklands Lodge is a smaller hostel with about 50 beds and it's perfect for anyone who’s missing the comforts of home. This tranquil and comfortable hostel is the obvious choice for backpackers in Auckland for its friendly and helpful managers who live on-site and have put in serious time and effort into making this hostel a home-away-from-home.

    On weekends, there is usually a family BBQ and movie nights and quizzes throughout the month. Visiting Oaklands Lodge is a fantastic way to meet new people.

    Although socializing is permitted, this is not a party hostel. Guests are encouraged to respect others and keep quiet after 10 p.m.

    Almost every traveler type is catered to, with choices ranging from mixed dorms to twin, double, and single private rooms.

    How much does Oaklands Lodge cost? 

    $24 - $60 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free public parking nearby is available to guests.

    Address: 5A Oaklands Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand

    Nearby: A minute's walk from the nearest bus stop, this low-key hostel in a residential neighborhood is 6 km from the landmark Sky Tower and 7 km from Auckland Zoo.

    Contact: +64 9-638 6545

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.7/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Parking
    • Non-smoking rooms

    Best Backpackers Hostels in Auckland - Oaklands Lodge

    BK Hostel

    This secure, clean, comfortable accommodation is one of the best budget hostels in Auckland. Due to its central location, you will find a great variety of supermarkets, shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants from the moment you step out the door.

    This hostel offers a well-equipped clean kitchen, a TV lounge, and a pool table where you can challenge your new friends.

    Long-term stays are eligible for discounts, making this a viable choice for long-term travelers, digital nomads, ad those working in New Zealand. 

    How much does BK Hostel cost? 

    $18 - $45 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.

    Address: 3 Mercury Lane, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: Set on a bustling commercial street amid shops and eateries, this hostel is next to a bus stop is 14 minutes walk from the Sky Tower and 2 km from Auckland Domain park.

    Contact: +64 9-307 0052

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3.6/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.6/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Paid public parking nearby
    • Street parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Baggage storage
    • Non-smoking room
    • Self-serve laundry

    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - BK Hostels

    Best Hostels in Auckland For Solo Travelers

    The Attic Backpackers 

    The Attic Backpackers is a clean and modern hostel located in the centre of Auckland. The facilities here are excellent, there are large and small dorms, with the option to stay in an all-female dorm too.

    Bathrooms are separated for men and women. Female bathrooms come with hairdryers and straighteners.

    The rooms are spacious and clean, and the beds are very comfy enabling you to get a good night’s sleep. There is a large kitchen area and there is also an area for you to relax and hang out.

    The Attic Backpackers travel and tour desk can help you plan your trip easily, without paying booking fees or hidden charges.

    How much does The Attic Backpackers cost? 

    $21 - $71 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Parking is available to guests.

    Address: 31 Wellesley Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is a minute's walk from a bus stop, 4 minutes on foot from the iconic Sky Tower, and 1 km from the vibrant Queen Street.

    Contact:  +64 9-973 5887

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.4/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • 24hr free WiFi
    • Luggage storage
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • TV lounge with Sky TV
    • A spacious open deck area
    • Common areas
    • Jobs board 
    • A tour desk

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - The Attic Backpackers

    YMCA Hostel

    The YMCA Hostel is located on the corner of Pitt Street and Grays Avenue, which is an ideal place to stay if you want to be close to the city center. 

    YMCA offers a well-equipped kitchen, lounge, free foosball, pool, and ping pong tables. The rooms are spacious and clean, with lockers located under the beds.

    It’s one of Auckland’s more affordable hostels and a great place to meet fellow travelers.

    How much does YMCA Hostel cost? 

    $21 - $62 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Parking is available to guests.

    Address: 20 Pitt Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This relaxed hostel is a 2-minute walk from the closest bus stop and an 11-minute walk from both the SkyCity Auckland casino and the revolving restaurant at Sky Tower.

    Contact: +64 9-303 2068

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3.9/5
    • Trip Advisor Rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Parking
    • Wifi
    • Yoga room
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Game room
    • Billiards
    • Taxi service
    • Baggage storage

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - YMCA Hostel

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    Fort Street Accommodation (formerly Nomads)

    Fort Street Accommodation is a youth hostel in Auckland. It is one of the best hostels for budget backpackers but may not be the best place to stay if you want to relax.

    The on-site hot tub and steam room are free to use, and you’ll also get free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee for a low price. Regular activities are arranged for a cheap price and you can save more dollars by cooking your own meals in the kitchen. There is a big common room and an onsite restaurant/bar.

    There are a variety of room types available, including double rooms, mixed dorms, and female-only dorms.

    How much does Fort Street Accommodation cost? 

    $20 - $57 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    This hostel doesn't offer parking.

    Address: 16-20 Fort Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: Fort Street Accommodation is within a 10-minute walk from Spark Arena, Sky Tower, and Viaduct Harbour. It is a 5-minute walk to Britomart Train Station and Queen Street is just around the corner.

    Contact: +64 210 901 8108

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3/5
    • Booking.com: 6/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Airport shuttle
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Bar

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Fort Street Accommodation

    Queen Street Backpackers

    Queen Street Backpackers is located right on the city's busiest street, Queen Street. This hostel is always full of travelers and is a vibrant place to stay because of it. Queen Street Backpackers is one of the most popular party hostels in Auckland.

    This hostel offers two fully equipped kitchens, free unlimited wifi for all visitors, and a large communal lounge with a TV and pool table. There is also an on-site bar which helps visitors be more social. 

    If you want to meet other travelers, Queen Street Backpackers is a great place to stay in Auckland!

    How much does Queen Street Backpackers cost? 

    $17 - $47 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Queen Street Backpackers doesn't offer parking.

    Address: 4 Fort Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby:  A 4-minute walk from the Britomart train station, and a 10-minute walk from bungee jumping and panoramic views at the Sky Tower.

    Contact:  +64 9-373 3471

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 7.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Laundry
    • Bar

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Queen Street Backpackers

    Overall Best Hostels in Auckland

    Haka Lodge Auckland

    Located on Karangahape Road – known by locals as the K-road, Haka Lodge Auckland is a homely hostel, with an amazing inner-city rustic feel. With 92 beds, it is one of the biggest hostels in New Zealand. 

    The kitchen closes early and the TV room closes at midnight, ensure that guests are comfortable and relaxed after a long days’ travel. 

    The Hakalodge is easily accessible by public transportation, shuttle buses, and taxis. Your welcome package and room key will be handed to you when you arrive.

    This is one of the best hostels for small groups and digital nomads. 

    How much does Haka Lodge cost? 

    $26 - $73 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Haka Lodge Auckland doesn't offer parking.

    Address: 373 Karangahape Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This informal adults-only hostel is a 15-minute walk from bungee jumping off the landmark Sky Tower, and 2 km from Britomart Transport Centre.

    Contact:  +64 9-379 4559

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.5/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • 24-hour security
    • Non-smoking room
    • 24-hour check-in
    • Express check-in / check-out
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Haka Lodge Auckland

    YHA Auckland International

    This hostel is located just minutes from the heart of the city where you can find shops, restaurants, and cafes. It’s also near a Sky bus stop.
    Rooms and bathrooms are clean and this hostel offers a guest lounge. Here staffs are helpful and can book you a sightseeing trip at the tour desk. 

    How much does YHA Auckland International cost? 

    $36 - $72 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Paid private parking on-site is available to guests.

    Address: 5 Turner Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is a 9-minute walk from Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and 1 km from landmark Sky Tower. A 2-minute walk from bustling Queen Street.

    Contact: +64 9-302 8200

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.1/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.4/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Paid private parking on-site
    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Baggage storage
    • Non-smoking hotel
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - YHA Auckland International

    Verandahs Parkside Lodge

    If you’re tired of sleeping in bunk beds and want a cool and stylish stay while still maintaining a modest budget, this hostel could be the Auckland hostel you’re looking for. 

    It is located within two amazing historic villas, close to trendy bars, restaurants, and up-market shopping. Dorms are small, sleeping four or five people, and the single and double rooms are ideal for solo travelers and couples who value privacy. 

    The large verandahs provide stunning views of Auckland Harbour and Ponsonby and the spacious garden extends out onto Auckland's oldest park, making Verandahs the ideal place to relax, unwind and plan the rest of your travels.

    How much does Verandahs Parkside Lodge cost? 

    $26 - $73 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 08:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free parking, paid private parking nearby, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.

    Address: 6 Hopetoun Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand

    Nearby: Set 2 km from landmark Sky Tower, this relaxed hostel is 4 km from Auckland War Memorial Museum and 1 km from lively Queen Street.

    Contact:  +64 9-360 4180

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.6/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 10/10

    Amenities:

    • Free parking
    • Paid private parking nearby
    • Free WiFi
    • Wifi
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Verandahs Parkside Lodge

    Grafton Backpackers

    Grafton Backpackers is located just 5 minutes from the iconic K Rd and surrounded by the great suburbs of Newmarket, Mt Eden, and Ponsonby. 

    This hostel offers free and unlimited Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, as well as meeting rooms and quiet areas where you can concentrate on your work. There are comfortable tables and chairs in the lounge and lobby area with TV and a place to sit on the roof terrace.

    Grafton Backpackers has a great team that can help you plan and book your trip or assist you with the essential information to start your gap year in New Zealand. 

    How much does Grafton Backpackers cost? 

    $11 - $32 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 11:00 AM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    This hostel doesn't offer parking.

    Address: 6a Glenside Crescent, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This laid-back hostel off State Highway 1 is 2 km from the 328-m-tall Sky Tower and 5 km from the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

    Contact: +64 9-303 4268

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 3.9/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 2.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Shared bathroom
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Best Backpacker Hostels In Auckland - Grafton Backpackers

    Fat Cat Travellers Community

    Nature and animal lovers will love Fat Cat Travellers Community as the hostel has cats and chickens roaming around.

    This hostel is not in the heart of Auckland. It is equidistant between Auckland City Centre and the beautiful Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, so if you’ve got some natural beauty on your to-do list, this is the best place to stay! 

    It offers something different from the traditional hostel experience. Nightly vegetarian dinners, as well as sharing music and stories around the campfire, are excellent ways to meet new people. It's difficult not to like the calm and friendly atmosphere.

    How much does Fat Cat Travellers Community cost? 

    $35 - $44 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Address: 2A Sherrybrooke Place, Sunnyvale, Auckland 0612, New Zealand

    Nearby: Situated in Auckland, within 13 km of Waitakere Ranges and 16 km of Aotea Centre. The property is around 17 km from One Tree Hill, 18 km from Auckland Town Hall, and 18 km from The Civic.

    Contact:  +64 21 213 8082

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 7.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Airport shuttle
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Laundry

    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Fat Cat Travellers Community

    Jucy Snooze Auckland

    If you're in Auckland for business or on a holiday, the Jucy Snooze provides luxury and ease. The property offers a comprehensive range of facilities, ensuring that visitors have a pleasant stay. Here the service-oriented workers will greet and lead you. The guestrooms are equipped with all of the necessities for a restful night's sleep. 

    How much does Jucy Snooze Auckland cost? 

    $20 - $74 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    A parking garage and street parking are available to guests.

    Address: 62 Emily Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is 2 km from both Mt. Eden train station and panoramic views at Sky Tower, and 3 km from New Zealand Maritime Museum on the bay.

    Contact: +6493796633

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3.7/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.7/10
    • Hostelworld Rating: 7.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Facilities
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Baggage storage
    • Jobs Board

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Jucy Snooze Auckland

    Metro Adventurer Backpackers

    Metro Adventurer Backpackers is one of Auckland's newest hostels and a great choice if you want to be close to the center of the city. There are two well-equipped kitchens and a common area with a TV so it is great for relaxing and meeting new people.

    Metro Adventurer Backpackers offers both big and small dorms with lockers to store your belongings. Each bed also has a universal and USB charger to keep your electronics fully charged.

    How much does Jucy Snooze Auckland cost? 

    $12 - $68 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 05:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Metro Adventurer Backpackers does not offer free parking.

    Address: 51 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Nearby: A 3-minute walk from panoramic city views and bungee jumping at Sky Tower, this low-key hostel is 9 minutes by foot from Victoria Park and an 11 minutes’ walk from Britomart train station.

    Contact: +64 800 112 128

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.6/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8/10

    Amenities:

    • Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Laundry

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    Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland - Metro Adventurer Backpackers

    Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

    This hostel is perfect for some island vibes, but obviously not when you want to explore Auckland city. Just 40 minutes by bus from downtown Auckland, this hostel offers excellent value for money.

    It is located on Waiheke Island above Onetangi Beach with stunning sea views. Here you can chill on the sands of Onetangi Beach, hit up beachfront cafes, and tour local vineyards.

    How much does Waiheke Backpackers Hostel cost? 

    $21 - $53 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Address: 421 Sea View Road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand

    Nearby: This hostel is just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, New Zealand.

    Contact: +64 9-372 7003

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.5/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking

    Best Backpackers Hostels in Auckland - Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

    City Garden Lodge

    If you want to avoid strangers snoring and coming in at all hours of the night, then you can get a private room at City Garden Lodge. It’s good for couples as you get a bit of privacy and can even enjoy a queen bed. City Lodge offers single, twin, doubles, triples, and even quadruple rooms, making it the best place to stay in Auckland if you want a private room! Every room has its own toilet, TV, and tea and coffee-making machines, making it feel more like a hotel than a hostel.

    How much does City Garden Lodge cost? 

    $17 - $43 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.

    Address: 25 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand

    Nearby: This relaxed hostel is a 3-minute walk from a bus stop, 1 km from the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and 6 km from Eden Park.

    Contact: +64 9-302 0880

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 3.3/5
    • Trip Advisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 6.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 6.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Airport shuttle
    • Free parking
    • Free WiFi

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    Best Backpackers Hostels in Auckland - City Garden Lodge

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