Posted: 01/05/2023 | January 5, 2023
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Auckland is just an hour’s drive from over a hundred beaches and is an ideal base for day trips.
While I wouldn’t stay here long (a couple of days should suffice), there’s plenty to do during your visit, from bungee jumping to lounging on the beach to visiting nearby Hobbiton (from the Lord of the Rings movies ). .
And while Auckland can be expensive, there are plenty of hostels here to help you cut your costs.
To help you save money and plan your trip, here is my list of the best hostels in Auckland.
But before we dive in, I want to share four things you need to remember before choosing a hostel:
Location – Auckland is spread out so bear this in mind when looking for a hostel. Choose a neighborhood close to the things you want to see and do. Price – As with everything, you get what you pay for. If you choose a really cheap hostel, chances are you’ll end up with one that’s small, cramped and doesn’t offer great service. Facilities – Every hostel in the city offers free WiFi and most have self-catering facilities so you can cook your own meals. Many — but not all — include free breakfasts, so do your research to find the one that best suits your needs. Staff – All of the hostels listed here have an amazing staff that is super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you’re not staying at any of the places below, be sure to read the reviews so you have staff who are helpful and friendly. You can make or destroy a hostel!
Below is my list of the best hostels in Auckland. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following are the best in each category:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Fat Cat Travelers’ Community
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: The Attic Backpackers
Best hostel for couples: Hekerua Lodge Backpackers
Best hostel to party: Haka Lodge
Best Hostel for Solo Travelers: Fat Cat Travelers’ Community
Best Hostel Overall: Verandahs Parkside Lodge
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my breakdown of the best hostels in Auckland and why I recommend them:
Price legend (per night)
$ = Under NZD 40 $$ = NZD 41-46 $$$ = Over NZD 47
1. Fat Cat Traveler Community
Located in an old farmhouse in the suburb of Sunnyvale, Fat Cat is an ideal location if you’re traveling alone. In addition to the free breakfast every morning, there is a free (vegetarian) dinner every night and a pizza night on Sundays. The staff also host regular campfire nights.
The hostel also values sustainability: it houses organic gardens and chickens (and cats!). Staff also host workshops on baking, crafts, gardening, and more.
The beds are simple but cozy and feel more like staying at a friend’s than a hostel.
Fat Cat Travelers’ Community at a glance:
$ Complimentary breakfast and dinner every day. A wealth of organized social activities with a focus on sustainability and community
Beds from NZD 27 per night.
Book Here The Fat Cat Travellers’ Community!
2. Haka Hut
There are Haka Lodges scattered throughout New Zealand which are always a reliable place to base yourself for a few days. This hostel is located next to K Road, where there is always a party, concert or festival. If you came to Auckland to have fun, then this is the place to be. The Haka features a lively common room with frequent movies on TV, a full kitchen and laundry facilities.
The dormitories are comfortable with individual power sockets and curtains so you can enjoy a decent night’s sleep. The showers are a bit small, but overall the bathrooms are kept clean.
Haka Lodge at a glance:
$$ Ideal location in the heart of the party hub. Extremely friendly and welcoming staff. There are many movies and games in the common room
Beds from NZD 47 per night, private rooms from NZD 142.
Book the Haka Lodge here!
3. Backpackers at Hekerua Lodge
Located on Waiheke Island approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) from central Auckland, Hekerua Lodge is an ideal escape from the urban bustle of New Zealand’s largest city. The lodge is relaxed and rustic, and feels like a home you’re sharing with some (future) friends.
If you want to socialize, the hostel offers plenty of social activities, including group dinners. There is also a communal BBQ area, free range chickens, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool.
The private rooms have shared bathrooms but are also comfortable and have lots of natural light. There is also a four-bed dorm and a six-bed dorm that have their own sundeck.
Hekerua Lodge at a glance:
$ Nice location on Waiheke Island near the beach Organizes social activities so easy to socialize Swimming pool
Beds from NZD 39 per night, private rooms from NZD 60.
Book Hekerua Lodge Backpackers here!
4. Verandas Parkside Lodge
Located just off busy K Road, Verandahs is housed in two 120-year-old mansions, with just about every type of room you could imagine for a hostel. There are various shared rooms with three to five beds. The single beds – not bunk beds – are comfortable with a nice duvet. The dorms are small so you’re never crammed in with a crowd of people.
The bathrooms (and the whole hostel) are clean and the showers have really good water pressure. There’s a common room that feels like a living room in a home away from home, and the huge kitchen is ideal for cooking.
Verandahs Parkside Lodge at a glance:
$$$ Excellent location in central Auckland. Family run business with warm and welcoming service. Extra large common room and kitchen
Beds from NZD 49 per night, private rooms from NZD 130.
Book Verandahs Parkside Lodge here!
5. Waiheke Backpackers Hostel
If you’re looking for a less urban experience in Auckland, make your way to Waiheke Backpackers Hostel, located 40 minutes from the city center on Waiheke Island (ferries run regularly).
The hostel is located on a hill that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding sea, so you can wake up in the morning to the sound of the water on the shore and the chirping of seagulls. Amenities include a large kitchen, outdoor BBQ and dining area (with amazing views), and an entire island to explore.
The dorm beds aren’t super comfortable (they’re cheap metal bunks with no thick mattresses or curtains), but the price, amenities, and location more than make up for that.
Waiheke Backpackers Hostel at a glance:
$ Peaceful location on a beautiful island. Outdoor seating and cooking facilities. Comfortable lounge with board games and book exchange
Beds from NZD 40 per night, private rooms from NZD 120.
Book Waiheke Backpackers Hostel here!
6. The Attic Backpackers Hostel
Located on Wellesley Street in the city centre, The Attic is a top floor property and first class hostel (voted best hostel in Auckland four years running). The location is excellent: it’s just around the corner from the iconic Sky Tower, a short walk from the bus station, and right next to an affordable food court.
There is a covered roof terrace where you can enjoy the view and meet people. And although the dorms are simple metal bunks with no curtains, the mattresses are thick so you can still get a good night’s sleep.
The attic at a glance:
$$ Great location Kitchen Roof terrace for great views and socializing
Beds from NZD 45 per night, private rooms from NZD 120.
Book The Attic Backpackers here!
From rustic hostels on Waiheke to party hostels in the heart of the action, you’ll find a wide range of hostels in town. The hostel scene here is pretty robust, and since everyone has to land when entering the country, you’ll find plenty of travelers here – and potential friends to travel the country with!
Book your trip to New Zealand: logistical tips and tricks
Book your flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the world so you always know that no stone is left unturned!
Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory and the best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest prices for guesthouses and budget hotels.
If you’re looking for other places to stay, here’s a full list of my favorite hostels in New Zealand.
Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s total protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:
Looking for the best companies to help you save money?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all of the ones I use to save money when I’m on the go. They will also save you money when you travel.
Would you like more information about New Zealand?
Be sure to check out our robust New Zealand travel guide for even more planning tips!