For people who like to be in the centre of things without heavy traffic outside, this is the real backpackers’ experience in one of Auckland’s oldest residential areas, full of historic architecture and character. Located in Parnell on the fringe of Auckland’s business centre with not a high rise or apartment building in sight, City Garden Lodge Backpackers has the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, art galleries and upmarket shopping all within easy walking.

Next door to Auckland’s largest city park with its museum and twice daily Maori concert performances—and with “Vector Arena” Auckland’s newest concert venue and sports stadium just 20 minutes walk away.

Originally built for the Queen of Tonga as her Embassy, surrounded by trees and lawns with birdlife galore, City Garden Lodge offers a cozy, clean, home-like and quiet atmosphere to relax and plan the next part of your journey, see the sights and attractions of central Auckland and its coastlines or just chill. We offer something between a traditional backpacker hostel and an old-style hotel and our visitors range from young people and students on a shoestring budget to open-minded mature travellers.

We are close to the Link bus serving Auckland’s city centre and surrounding suburbs. We offer FREE PARKING (some off-street), undercover bicycle storage, fast internet access and free unbiased travel information and bookings. We can arrange DOOR TO DOOR TRANSPORT TO AND FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT for a minimum cost.

We know New Zealand and can give advice on the secret places that will make your trip something to remember—in, around and beyond Auckland.

Queen Salote of Tonga
Queen Salote of Tonga

Originally built for the Queen of Tonga as her Embassy, surrounded by trees and lawns with birdlife galore, City Garden Lodge offers a cozy, clean, home-like and quiet atmosphere to relax and plan the next part of your journey, see the sights and attractions of central Auckland and its coastlines or just chill. We offer something between a traditional backpacker hostel and an old-style hotel and our visitors range from young people and students on a shoestring budget to open-minded mature travellers.

We are close to the Link bus serving Auckland’s city centre and surrounding suburbs. We offer FREE PARKING (some off-street), undercover bicycle storage, fast internet access and free unbiased travel information and bookings. We can arrange DOOR TO DOOR TRANSPORT TO AND FROM AUCKLAND AIRPORT for a minimum cost.