What to consider when booking a hostel in Auckland
The majority of the best hostels in Auckland were reviewed highly already, which made the job of choosing them much easier.
However, there were a few other factors that were taken into consideration when compiling this list. These not only apply to Auckland hostels but any hostel you stay at!
Check out time – The standard time for check out in hostels is 10:00 am. This is generally the case in New Zealand too. It’s best to check with the hostel what your check out time is. You don’t want to be partying too late if you have to be out the door at 10 in the morning!
Free breakfast – This is always a factor when I book a hostel. Getting a free breakfast makes a massive difference, especially if you’re a penny-pinching backpacker. Staying at hostels that offer a free breakfast will save you a lot of money during your time in New Zealand. It’s always worth checking if the hostel offers this before you book.
Free wifi – It seems to be 50/50 in regards to hostels in New Zealand charging you to use their wifi. Finding a hostel that offers free wifi can be tricky, but it will also save you a lot of money! Double-check what the deal with wifi is before you book, otherwise, you could be lumped with a large bill just to get online!
Laundry services – It’s rare to find a hostel that offers free laundry, I’ve not come across one yet. However, going to a hostel that does have laundry facilities is a huge plus and will save you trekking around town trying to find a launderette!
Kitchen – A kitchen is simply a must when you are staying at a hostel. Without one, you will be paying a shedload of money to feed yourself. Virtually every hostel in New Zealand has a kitchen, but some are better than others.
The Base brand of hostels are good hostels to stay in if you’re looking for a combination of cheap accommodation and somewhere comfortable to sleep.
They are also sociable and ideal places to meet fellow travellers, and Base Auckland is no exception!
Base Auckland is located in the heart of the city not far from the Sky Tower. There is a large kitchen area, plus, a lounge area that has a TV!
The hostel has its own dedicated travel centre and there are three bars on the grounds too! So, you can get a quick drink after a hard day exploring Auckland!
Whether you’re in Auckland for 3 days, or you’re staying for longer, Base is a good place to stay in the city!
If you want a range of options for rooms, Haka Lodge is one of the best options for backpackers in Auckland!
The hostel has dorms that range from 4 people to a huge 20-bed dorm! If you want to get a good night’s sleep, I don’t recommend staying in this room! However, if you want a cheap place to stay in Auckland, it’s arguably the cheapest option in the city!
There is free wifi throughout the hostel and the rooms here are clean with large windows. While each bed comes with a power point to charge your electrical goods.
A big kitchen is present in the hostel, while there are also great showers and a big lounge. There is even a mini-cinema in the hostel, which is not something you find in most hostels!
If you’re wondering where to stay in Auckland, it can be a difficult decision due to the number of hostels in the city. However, the above options are some of the best places to stay in Auckland, and offer great value for money too!
I would be hard pushed to pick a ‘best’ hostel in Auckland. The term is relative and depends on what you want out of your accommodation. Be sure to carefully consider all the options before you book your hostel in Auckland!
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