Welcome to Brown Kiwi Backpackers!

We are one of Auckland’s most fabulous BUDGET HOSTELS providing comfortable, warm and friendly accommodation for international travellers.  We pride ourselves on making sure you have a fabulous time on arriving in New Zealand.

Our small and safe hostel is in PONSONBY, the very best central suburb in Auckland – close to motorways, buses, city centre and with cafes, banks and a supermarket just 5 minutes away.  There is FREE STREET PARKING right outside the hostel and FREE INTERNET.


Our gorgeous secret garden is quite unique in a city centre. Here you can relax in the sun, cook outdoor meals and meet new friends at shared tables. In winter our farmhouse kitchen is where you can meet and relax with new friends, plan your NZ adventures and find out how to buy a car or get a job. We can help you find your way around Auckland, look for cars and jobs. Visit our Facebook page for the latest travel tips or ask us and we’ll be glad to help.

We now have 15 funky furnished spaces for international guests studying or working in Auckland in our two apartments adjacent to the backpackers.  From $189 per week covers fresh linen, electricity, water, internet NO BOND, leave with 7 days notice.

CALL US TOLL FREE ON 0800 378 019 or book through our website booking page now!

We look forward to welcoming you at Brown Kiwi!

  • Stay connected

    Free unlimited WiFi

  • Be reachable

    Free local calls with our landline

  • Shops nearby

    Supermarket and Shops in walking distance

  • We love you

    Our friendly staff is here to help you

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Our Rooms

We have double and twin rooms and a family room, or bedrooms with dormitory style, purpose-built adult bunk beds. We welcome short and longer stay guests. All our beds are fully made up with fresh cotton sheets and duvets.

Double room

Double/Twin room

Four bed room


Lonely Planet

Is a homey, friendly, well-run hostel with all the requisite facilities.

Lonely PlanetOfficial Website
Rough Guide

A lovely little hostel in a restored Victorian villa in the thick of the Ponsonby cafe zone but with a peaceful patio and tiny garden at back.

Rough GuideOfficial Website
Jan Gehrke

Best Hostel I’ve stayed in New Zealand ever. Can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good time in Auckland!

Jan GehrkeHamburg, GermanyJan Gehrke Photography

The warmest and friendliest place I’ve had the pleasure of staying.

ElaineSurrey, England