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10 Hostels in Auckland That Will Get You to See More Than the City Centre

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Explore Auckland From These Alternative Hostels

When searching for hostels in Auckland, you’re bound to see the same results of hostels smack bang in the city centre. (Hell, we’re even guilty of it ourselves in our list of 11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Auckland). But if you want to get away from crowded dorms and see Auckland in a different light, then we highly recommend checking out these hostels Auckland outside of the city centre!

Have you considered staying in one of the inner city suburbs of Auckland? These give you the best of both worlds in terms of city experiences yet away from the real hustle and bustle. Alternatively, see a completely different side of Auckland by staying on one of the off-shore islands or beach-side towns of the Auckland region. Auckland has a lot more to offer than Sky Towers and Queen Streets.

1. Hekerua Lodge Backpackers

Waiheke Island is the perfect mix of island and Auckland city life. With vineyards and fantastic eateries in the small town of Oneroa, you’ll get those splashes of luxury, while you can still find those wilderness experiences in one of the Waiheke Island reserves or while exploring the coast by SUP or kayak! Base yourself in the Hekerua Lodge, surrounded by forest and even having its own swimming pool! Waiheke Island can be accessed by ferry from the Auckland downtown ferry terminal.

Check Hekerua Lodge out:

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2. Piha Beachstay Accommodation

Stay at Auckland’s most popular surf beach at the Piha Beachstay Accommodation! Piha is famous for its black sand beach, waterfalls and hikes leading into the Waitakere Ranges. The accommodation gets a lot of sunlight and great views of the wild west coast of Auckland. Plus, surf gear can be hired on-site. We recommend getting surf lessons on Piha Beach if you are a beginner as the rips are strong. Piha is about 40km west of Auckland city.

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Piha Beachstay Accommodation© Piha Beachstay Accommodation

3. Pillows Lodge

You’ll never believe you are in Auckland when staying at the Pillows Lodge in Orewa. This backpacker hostel situated in the north Auckland seaside town gives you access to the walks, hot pools and long-stretching Orewa Beach. Orewa is 40km north of Auckland city centre and can be easily accessed by public bus or by car.

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Pillows Lodge© Pillows Lodge

4. Fat Cat Travellers Community

About a 30-minute drive from the city centre (and accessible by public bus or train), the Fat Cat Travellers Community offers a unique hostel experience in Auckland. Join the Fat Cat Community on their eco-friendly homestead, which offers workshops on sustainable living. Fat Cat Travellers Community is situated on the western edge of the city in Sunnyvale with proximity to the Waitakere Ranges. What’s more, dinner is free every night for everyone to eat together.

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Fat Cat Travellers Community© Fat Cat Travellers Community

5. Oaklands Lodge

Discover the popular suburb of Mt Eden at the Oaklands Lodge! By day, walk up Mt Eden itself for some of the bests views of the city. By night, it’s arguably the best suburb in Auckland for a bite to eat! As for the lodge, you’ll be staying in a Victorian villa with a laidback yet sociable atmosphere with many group activities happening regularly. Oaklands Lodge is about 3km away from the city centre.

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Oaklands Lodge© Oaklands Lodge

6. Verandahs Backpacker Lodge

On the edge of the Ponsonby and Freemans Bay Suburb, Verandahs Backpacker Lodge is in close proximity to some of the more characterful areas of Auckland. Nearby is Karangahape Road, also known as K’ Road, known for its alternative nightlife, awesome bargain stores and a whole lot of culture! As for Verandahs, it boasts itself as a more “peaceful” alternative to the party hostels in the city centre. Find the hostel just 2km away from the city centre.

Check Verandahs Parkside Lodge out:

Verandahs Backpacker Lodge© Verandahs Backpacker Lodge

7. Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

Another fantastic hostel option on Waiheke Island is the Waiheke Backpackers Hostel. The hostel offers fantastic views of Onetangi Beach – one of the most popular beaches on the island. You’re also not too far from vineyards, fish & chips, reserve walks and more! Check out more things to do on Waiheke at 9 Glorious Things to Do on Waiheke Island.

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Waiheke Backpackers Hostel© Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

8. Kiwi Airport Backpackers

The most obvious reason to stay at the Kiwi Airport Backpackers is the extreme convenience of being so close to Auckland Airport. Otherwise, enjoy the numerous walks and attractions on offer in the South Auckland area. Check out Auckland Suburbs – Guide for Backpackers for ideas.

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Kiwi Airport Backpackers© Kiwi Airport Backpackers

9. Haka Hotel Newmarket

Based in one of Auckland’s most popular shopping precincts, Haka Hotel Newmarket provides backpacker dorms with a touch of class. Get your own private bunk with a curtain for added privacy. (Their bunk rooms are not explicitly advertised on the Haka Hotel website, so take a look at the link below for bunk rooms). Newmarket has great bus and train transport connections with most of the city, plus, lots of shopping opportunities. Haka Hotel Newmarket is about 5km (3 miles) from the city centre.

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Haka Hotel Newmarket© Haka Hotel Newmarket

[CLOSED] The Brown Kiwi

On the edge of another one of Auckland’s must-visit suburbs, The Brown Kiwi hostel is a small and friendly hostel that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Brown Kiwi is situated in Ponsonby, known as being the “hipster” part of the city with fantastic places to eat and some of the best nightlife in the city. Brown Kiwi is about 2km from the city centre.

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Brown Kiwi© Brown Kiwi

More About Auckland

Now that you know some hostels in Auckland that will get you to see more than the city centre, see which accommodations from this list made it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Auckland.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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