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Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel

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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at Brown Kiwi at the beginning of my working holiday a few weeks ago. Staff were friendly and helpful, areas within the hostel were clean and cosy, bed was comfortable and there was free wifi (plus an adorable hostel cat!). The team also assisted in my applications for a bank account and IRD number which I appreciate. Good location... More 

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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The garden is just amazing, free wifi, a kitchen like at home, a very cosy living room with Stéphanie who sleeps all dAy long.... It's not a backpacker hostel factory, it's just what i expected from a backpacker hostel, a second home. A very funny trip ans lots of meetings. I'll back before my return.

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58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here while I was backpacking from New Zealand. It is a great place in a great neighbourhood of Ponsonby. Affordable, friendly, and good place to get organized for other legs of the journey. Clean and comfortable.

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

thank you so much for taking the time to review. all the best and we hope to see you again. brown kiwi team. More 

Culebra, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really comfortable & friendly... Tucked in a quiet backstreet just off of Ponsonby, one of the best places to be in Auckland!! I travel regularly thru NZ and this will be my regular stop, See you next year Hannes...

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

hi thanks very much for writing a review and all the best until next time! More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice hostel!!!! I stayed for 12 nights, I recommend this place if you are coming to Auckland, it is very clean, the rooms are very confortable, it is not too expensive and the managers are very nice. For me it was a great experience!!. Alicia from Chile.

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

hi alicia thanks for taking the time to review. all the best from the brown kiwi team damaris More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The hostel is situated in a trendy area where there are lots of bars and cafes to get food or drinks. There's lots of privately owned clothes shops too. It's a cool area and on one of the main bus routes if you need to get anywhere. It's about a 30 minute downhill walk to the CBD and easy to... More 

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks So much for taking the time to write your really helpful review. We look forward to welcoming you back. All the best Damaris and team More 

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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This place is really cozy it's like a little house. it could be more clean and have more space for the kitchen or in general ( for exemple,The showers are so tiny, no places and privacy to change) oh and bring your warm clothes cause it is freezing even inside the dorms. I don't know if it is because of... More 

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Thank Roxann B
Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Hi, and thanks for making the time to write a review. Yes agreed it is an old style character Auckland house which we try to make as friendly and cosy as possible. In summer the sunny garden is a secret oasis for fun friendly times. all the best Damaris More 

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

This Hostel is so cosy, it made me return three times during my stay in NZ. The place is not too big and it got a familiar atmosphere. Staff is very friendly and takes good care of all guests. Awesome backyard to chill during summer.

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Thank Franziska B
Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to write your review. Thanks so much and all the best for the rest of your travels. Damaris More 

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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed at Brown Kiwi for one month when I arrived in New Zealand. The place is really nice, kitchen is great, nice garden, and the staff is really friendly and helpful. Brown kiwi is in Ponsonby, definitely the best suburb in Auckland, with a lot of bar, restaurants, clubs. Thanks Brown Kiwi for this amazing month I had !

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Thank Miléna B
Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Milena, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to do a review for us. We really appreciate your feedback and wish you the very best. Damaris More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Stayed for three nights in a single room. Very welcoming and pleasant. Clean and everything you need for a comfortable stay in Auckland. Walk to city centre isn't too far, and there are buses near by if needed. My mattress was comfortable and new mattresses for other beds arrived while I was there.

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Damaris9, Owner at Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel, responded to this review

thanks Peter so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We really appreciate your feedback and wish you the very best. Damaris More 

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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Paid Wifi
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hi and welcome to Brown Kiwi, a funky little hostel in the heart of the best central Auckland suburb. We have a lovely sunny garden, a farmhouse kitchen where you can share cooking with new friends and a cosy TV room to watch DVDs. We welcome travellers and provide advice on your trip, buying and selling a car, finding a job and how to make the most of your NZ experience. Brown Kiwi is 2 minutes walk from shops, banks, cafes, bus stop, 5 minutes from supermarket and 20 minutes from the centre of Auckland. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel

Address: 7 Prosford Street | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Price Range: $33 - $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Brown Kiwi Backpacker Hostel Auckland, New Zealand
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“Private rooms are available.”
 of 5 bubbles damiand10, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“WiFi was free for 100M, I remembered.”
 of 5 bubbles neilzhang, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book early during peak season as even in march this place is booked out each night.”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisInTheWorld, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The garden room was better than the one in the house. But both were clean!”
  • Three kiwi :-)
 of 5 bubbles TerezieP, 8 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Free car places available in front of the hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles Davidfromfrance49, 9 Feb 2016 | Read review
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