Sum it up: Basic city accommodation, closest to the main street.
My length of visit (for your reference): 3 nights
Cost: $25 NZD ($18 USD)/night for a 12 person dorm
- WiFi: Yes.
- Breakfast: No.
- Guest-Use Kitchen: Yes, though it took me two days to figure out where it was.
- Bar/Kitchen: Yes* There is a super-small bar in the reception area, which also has a small selection of food.
- BYO: Yes, but because of the bar, it cannot be in the bar/lounge area.
Location: This hostel is located near to several others, but is closest to the main street (Queen Street) and this strip of hostels is closest to the ferry. All are the same bus fare from the airport. Most of the hostels are on the same street, with a few others further up from the water. Easy walking distance to everything – the wharfs, the museum, library, etc. Anything in the city. The bus stops are really confusing, but all right there. There are also a bunch of bars and restaurants right nearby as well.
Airport Transfers: No. The airport bus runs down Queen Street, the hostel is less than a 5 minute walk from the bus stop.
Hostel Overview: Would you go back? Yes, but also keen to try out other hostels nearby.
The hostel has everything you need, but nothing remarkable about it. It is closest to Queen Street, but not by a significant amount. Internet is included, which is a bonus. It is also slightly off the main street, so the street noise isn’t too much of a bother, except on Thursday nights when there’s a pub crawl.
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Pros/Cons: WiFi is included, mostly quiet hostel, large social area, small kitchen.