City Garden Lodge

25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
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Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by anabanana1991

Hi !

I'll be arriving in Auckland for a 6 week round trip on 5th April this year. In terms of Hostels, can I expect to find a hostel easily in Auckland or anywhere around NZ?
I understand there are hundreds of backpacker hostels around but are they all quite close to each other?

I've done some research on hostel rates etc, but perhaps someone could advise me on a good guide i could purchase before heading out there?

I appreciate any feedback :)

Re: Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by vtveen

Budget (backpackers) accommodation in New Zealand:

Re: Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by anabanana1991

Thanks guys- great stuff!

Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by kiwi

The above sites likely will answer your queries, but to add just one more:
Click on Backpackers for a complete list.

Re: Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by Kakapo2

You do not have to purchase any guide. Upon arrival at the airport you get free accommodation books including hostels like BBH and YHA.

The network is very close, and in April you will not have a problem to find a bed despite arriving at Easter.

Lonely Planet and other such travel guides list just a fraction of the available hostels, and many are wildly chosen, as they cannot list much more than those they have checked out themselves. And be assured, there are zillions more.

There are regions with less hostels than others but still enough to find a bed at the end of each day. You might consider to check in advance in sparsely populated regions, like the West Coast of the South Island, or the Far North. But in general you should be fine.

Re: Hostels- Easy to find once you get there?

by dexternicholson

But considering that you have an internet connection, you can take advantage of the flexibility and usability of it. You can track the places that you want to visit and see if there are nearby hostels. It is a lot easier if you will have a plan but as TP said, there are guides given on airports. Hope you don't get lost or anything though.

Travel Tips for Auckland

The skyline as seen from Devonport

by lihue

From Devonport, linked by a bridge to Auckland city, you have superb views of the skyline. Come here when the light of the city come on. In Devonport there are plenty of good restaurants, where you can enjoy the evening.

Street Art on the Signal Boxes

by xuessium

Auckland, like Brisbane, seems to find Signal Boxes an ugly thing and have gone to length to mask/beautify them up for the city.

It is a little of a fun side activity. Just keep your eyes peeled for the Signal Boxes. Like them, hate them, they do add a little amusement to an otherwise dull and grey concrete forest.

Some of the pieces are actually quite beautiful though others remained greatly debatable on their artistic depth.

This is something special in the Jewellery range.

by kiwi about Fingers Contemporary Jewellery

This shop has been around forever. It is 26 years since my 21st birthday and it was from these jewellers that my most precious gift was bought. Back in the early days there were 5 days per week of shopping, and 5 jewellers, one per day. 5 fingers to a hand!!
Not so long ago I took my gift to the man who made it. He told me over the years he had seen me twice, recognising the piece of jewellery!! Amazing.
Mon - Fri: 10am - 5:30pm
Sat: 10am - 4:00pm Silver is the medium I associate with Fingers the most. Not cheap but you are buying something very special here.

The Train - Transportation with Limits

by Kakapo2

Voela Transport Auckland is Auckland’s railway operator. Fares vary – depending on the number of stages you travel – from $ 1.40 to 9.10.

A Day Rover Pass for unlimited travel after 9am during the week and anytime during the weekend is available for $ 10 and a family pass for $ 20. A Discovery Pass ($ 13) includes unlimited bus travel on most buses.

If you have no idea which ticket you need you can also purchase one on the train…

Although the number of routes is limited and some – for example the new one to Helensville – are only serviced twice a day or so, it makes sense to use the train for certain trips. A good one, for example, is the trip from Downtown (Britomart) to Mt. Eden. It takes only between 10 and 12 minutes.

When you know where you want to go get onto the MAXX website and calculate your journey, and you also get the timetables there within seconds.

In general you can say that the trains are good to get to outlying destinations where you will not get train service to most points of interest in the city.

Eat on the Wharf.

by kiwi about Limon Café & Bar

The ambience was a winner all round here at Limon!
Inside, the indoor tables and the bar, is very tastefully decorated with interesting "stuff". Outdoors, sitting in the sun on the wharf was just so very enjoyable. Plenty to watch while you enjoy your meal and chat with friends. I really enjoyed the Weekend Special Menu.

Eggs Benedict, with salmon, spinich and hollandaise. $13-50

French Toast with grilled bacon & banana.


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 City Garden Lodge

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Address: 25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand