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Whether you're looking for somewhere to drop the bags after jetting into North Island or a base for exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty region, hostels in Auckland can certainly help keep costs low. In fact, these stripped-down accommodation options tend to be among the most affordable of all in NZ's largest metropolis. They can still herald locations right in the heart of the CBD, though, set between spice-scented Thai kitchens, rollicking rugby pubs and the soaring Sky Tower. Or, you can hit more offbeat neighbourhoods, where arty and creative hostels in Auckland beckon between the shopping streets, arcades and parks of lively suburbs.
Pick hostels in Auckland for a real Kiwi welcome
Dropping the bags in a fun-loving hostel in Auckland is a sure-fire way to bolster that stack of NZ dollars for the revolving restaurant of the Sky Tower or the wild enclosures of Auckland Zoo. But price isn't the only factor keeping people checking in – a youthful crowd of patrons makes these places lively. You're likely to be invited to the common room, come evening, where you can crack some Kiwi craft ale or pop the cork from a bottle of Hawke's Bay wine and share tales with fellow sightseers and adventurers. Alternatively, just mosey over to reception, where it's often possible to sign up for all sorts of day trips and events, whether that means outings to Hobbiton or surf lessons on the Coromandel.
Beds in hostels in Auckland are at their cheapest when you go for larger dormitories with eight or more beds. Couples, however, might prefer to keep it simple and a little romantic. They can choose upscale hostels with a South Pacific theme, for double beds in eye-catching spaces – think exposed-brick walls, big windows and even simple ensuite bathrooms. A number of hostels in Auckland also double up as tour operators. That means you can bag a ticket to the bubbling pools of Taupo, or even hop on longer odysseys to South Island's snow-capped mountains, if you so choose.
The finest hostels in Auckland
You shouldn't have to search long to find some seriously high-quality hostels in Auckland. The Base Auckland, just a stone's throw from the buzzing shopping walks of the CBD, is a case in point. It's got a mix of private twins and doubles, along with low-cost dorm beds, so there's something to suit all sorts of travellers. Keen to see the city sights? It's perfectly placed, what with the Sky Tower's panoramic lookouts just half a mile away, the colossal Auckland War Memorial Museum waiting in the nearby Domain park and the hallowed rugby turf of Eden Park to the south – tickets to see the All Blacks, there, are always in high demand. Haka Lodge is where the rooms are themed with a dash of Maori naturalism – lots of wood and exposed stone. Staying there puts happening Ponsonby on the menu, too. The area is Auckland's hipster hub, with more chic cocktail bars and artisan roasteries than you can count. Alternatively, Auckland Zoo and its rare kiwi birds waits just down the Great North Road.