Although, it is not New Zealand’s capital city Auckland sure does act like it. I think it is the most populated city in New Zealand and by a million people. It is also the only spot in New Zealand to have class pass. I spent three nights in Auckland, but not consecutively because it was always just an in between stop. I was actually okay with that because I have my fill of large cities already. The first night (also being my first night in New Zealand) was spent at Friend hostel.
This was such a mishmash of everything – from décor, furniture, bedding, etc., but I really loved it. This totally eccentric hostel also had the loveliest workers. I was in a six bed female room, but there were only three of us – always a treat. This was the first hostel I’ve been to that assigned beds at check in. Thankfully, I had a bottom bunk, so it worked out well in my favor.
Each floor had a different wallpaper and color theme. The hostel was situated in an extremely old building, but it didn’t feel run down in the least. It felt comfortable, as if you were in someone’s home. It was in a bustling section of town in Auckland. I would say the only negative was that it was uphill from the main street (this I learned was normal for Auckland later on). It was rough walking up thought after a flight, bus, etc. and just a full day of traveling to be honest. The common areas included a TV room and library as well as an outdoor patio section. It also seemed like there were a lot of social activities and opportunities to meet people every day during the week.
I spent two nights here and really it holds to the classic YHA standards. Everything was clean and orderly. This hostel was also located straight uphill and I was so happy I didn’t have my large blue suitcase. There weren’t any negatives about this hostel in my opinion so I would also recommend it to anyone.
Auckland is a busy city with a lot of accommodation options and I can vouch that both of these are solid.
Frienz would be your spot if you want a quirky/artsy place. YHA if you want something solid and at a bit of a higher standard.