Travel Tips

A backpacker in Auckland: ticked!

Now you want to unleash the beast and start the journey.
Bethell’s Beach, Piha, K’road, Sky Tower, Mt Eden, Eden Park, Bay of Island’s, Tauranga, Tongariro, the All Blacks…
Where to start? What is worth it? And what is not in the guide books but worth it?
We can help you decide that.
Ask David!


Une Auberge de jeunesse a Auckland: c’est fait!
Maintenant en route pour la reelle aventure.
Bethell’s beach, Piha, K’road, Sky Tower, Mt Eden, Eden Park, Bay of Island’s, Tauranga, Tongariro, les All Blacks…
Par ou commencer? est ce que ca vaut le coup? quels sont les plans qui sont pas dans les guides!
On peux vous aider pour ca.
Demander a David!



Bethell, With the river ending in the Tasman sea this is one of my favourite of the west beaches. Wild, black sand, a river, cliffs, walking tracks, sand dunes and a lake close by this is all in one and not as crowded as Piha (New Zealand crowded is not busy though!)

Pakiri, 1 and a half hours north east of Auckland. Drive through the fancy Matakana, and end up in the middle of nowhere! White sand dunes, horse ridding, swimming and fishing are your daily duties!

Whatipu, Again west Auckland, black sand and very very wild! A gravel road to reach it and the last bit of tarmac is like floating on the sea! The drive itself is worth it! In summer take shoes as there is no shade and the bright sun makes the black sand burning hard out!

Karekare, just before Piha is just a pearl still in its shell, the drive, the nice little batches and the waterfall treck makes it unique!


  • Mt Eden, A must do, especially on arrival, if sunny experience the sunrise or sunset… Countryside in the heart of the city.
  • Mt Victoria in Devonport, you will look straight into Auckland’s eyes! Go there by ferry and it is a cruise in the Hauraki gulf! If you can, have a stop in Bayswater just for a picture (this just beside Devonport) the shot will be different to everyone else’s!
  • The Skytower, “another tower”. I can hear you saying it! Yes it is!, but you have different way to do it! A lunch at the buffet or a dinner at the revolving restaurant gives an exclusive or romantic touch to it and the price of the meal includes the entrance which makes it reasonable priced for the city.

If you stay with us a backpacker special fare is given at the tower entrance!


It all depends on what you like of course!

3 main destinations:

  1. The Viaduct is a mainstream style by the harbour, which was developed for the America’s cup, then extended to the Wynyard Quarter and Britomart for the Rugby World Cup. More than you need of restaurant, bars, clubs and even strip clubs! Famous for its locals (yes even in the CBD a local bar!) Provedor goes cracy after sunset, its also famous for foreign students nights on Wednesday’s and over the weekend! I like Foxe’s for the big games, Cowboys for the fun (older crowd), Britomart Country Club for the layout. Jack Tar in the Wynyard Quarter is the best quality for money in this fancy pricy place!
  2. Ponsonby, the posh/fancy/”I want to be seen” type of place! But this is New Zealand, so it is in a really good atmosphere: Jandals, bermudas and vests! Revelry is a very nice bar with good cheap tapas. Ponsonby Social Club and Chapel are like Provedor – very famous! Restaurants are a bit pricy here. Tin Soldier, SPQR, Andiamo (on Jervois), La Cantine are some of my favourite.
  3. K’road, a full page could be used for this street! Here you will find anything of any kind! Sort of redlight district, sort of underground art place, sort of second hand shopping street with architectural futurist Ironbank or old victorian St Kevin’s arcade… Legendary names like The Wine Cellar, Supper Club, Family bar, Ink, Studio…You will find something for you here. But as the night gets older, don’t get lost in places you might not want to speak about in the morning! 🙂