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How To Find Us

Verandahs Backpacker Lodge
4-6 Hopetoun Street,
Auckland Central, Auckland
New Zealand

 

From Aotea Square

Walk up Vincent Street. Vincent St then joins into Hopetoun Street, go over the fly over bridge and then we are the 3rd last house on the right.

 

By the Airport Bus (SkyBus)

Departing 24 hours a day

Every 10 minutes weekdays (7am-7pm)

Every 15 minutes weekends (6am-7pm)

Fare: $18 per person

 

Catch the SkyBus that goes via Dominion Road. Get off at the Bus Stop 1D at intersection of Queen Street and Karangahape Road (locals call it K' Rd). Turn right onto K' Rd and walk along to you reach Hereford Street on your right. Go down Hereford Street and turn left onto Hopetoun Street. We are the 3rd last house on the right.

 

By the Super Shuttle from the International or Domestic Airport

They will deliver directly to our front door. Fare is $38 for one person or $46 for 2 persons and less for more.

 

By the Green "Inner Link" Bus

Get off at the Art Station exit on Ponsonby Road. Walk along Ponsonby Road for about 50 metres to Hopetoun St. Fare $2.50

 

By the Red "City Link" Bus

Get off at the Pitt St bus stop. Walk up the Road to Karangahape Road, (K'Rd) and turn right and walk along to you reach Hereford Street on your right. Go down Hereford Street and turn left onto Hopetoun Street. We are the 3rd last house on the right. Fare $1.00.

 

By Car Heading North

On the Auckland – Hamilton Motorway, take the Kyber Pass Exit No 430. Turn left and go to the top of the hill and continue straight over the hill and down Newton Road over the flyover bridge up the next hill and through the traffic lights onto Ponsonby Road. Turn right at the next traffic lights into Hopetoun Street.

 

By Car Heading South

On the Auckland-Hamilton Motorway, cross the Harbour Bridge and take the first exit, Shelly Beach Road. Turn left into Jervois Road. Turn right into Ponsonby Road. Continue along Ponsonby Road till you see Western Park on the left and after turn left into Hopetoun St.

Nearby Attractions

Picturesque Ponsonby

We are on the corner of Auckland's favourite and most vibrant road – Ponsonby Road. Some of Auckland's best cafes and restaurants are only a short walk from our front door.

 

Additionally, Ponsonby has many small streets lined with historic Victorian wooden villas and provides a great walk to discover (old) Auckland. Alternatively, if old houses are not your scene, check out the boutique clothing, art galleries and curio shops or just take in the street life.

Historic Western Park

Western Park, which is in fact an extension of our own large garden, is best enjoyed from one of our verandahs. The park was one of Auckland's first civic beautification projects commencing in 1873. The Auckland Council put forward the considerable sum of 10 Guineas as prize money for the best park design submitted.

 

The winning design was entitled 'Lily of the Valley' and completion of the park occurred in 1874. The park was vested to the City Council in 1875 and in 1897 the Auckland Star reported that the city had followed the example of 'the civilised world' when the park was officially opened.

 

Several distinctive sculptures and some sophisticated park furniture have been added to the park. Recently a new pebble mosaic was completed at the entrance to the park, featuring a Maori net weave pattern, two eels and a flower design. The net weave reflects the importance of the harbour to Ngati Whatua (the local Maori tribe) during the early European settlement, the eels are a reminder of the early inhabitants of the park when a stream ran through it and the flowers represent the importance of the Pacific Island communities to the local area .

 
Vibrant Karangahape Road

Nearby K'Rd (a two-minute walk from our front door) has a chequered past. It's often thought of as the poor cousin of Ponsonby Road, but ask any K'Rd local and they will tell you that K'Rd is the street with real soul. Up to the '80s it was the main red light area of Auckland. Today most of these establishments have moved to other parts of the city and the street is undergoing a renaissance.

 

Karangahape Road now boasts 53 restaurants and food outlets, 30 bars/clubs, 30 clothing stores, 8 art galleries and lots of interesting design shops. Additionally K'Rd has some of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in the country.

If you enjoy bargain hunting then you will definitely not be disappointed with K'Rd. The street is lined with numerous second hand (recycled) book, furniture and clothing shops.
Sophisticated Auckland Central

Take a 12 minute walk down Hopetoun Street and you are on Queen Street, the centre of Auckland City. Often referred to by sarcastic Aucklanders as the 'Golden Mile'. The street boasts the CBD and major entertainment and shopping centres. Queen Street ends at the Ferry Buildings adjoining the world famous harbour, the America's Cup Viaduct and the beautifully designed Britomart Train Station.

 

High Street which runs parallel with Queen Street is also well worth checking out. Some of Auckland's best pavement bars can be found down its side streets. While the street itself is lined with boutique fashion shops.

In the centre of the city is also the Civic Theatre, Aotea Square (which has a market every weekend), Auckland Art Gallery and the imposing Sky Tower.

 

How To Find Us

Verandahs Backpacker Lodge
4-6 Hopetoun Street,
Auckland Central, Auckland
New Zealand

 

From Aotea Square

Walk up Vincent Street. Vincent St then joins into Hopetoun Street, go over the fly over bridge and then we are the 3rd last house on the right.

 

By the Airport Bus (SkyBus)

Departing 24 hours a day

Every 10 minutes weekdays (7am-7pm)

Every 15 minutes weekends (6am-7pm)

Fare: $18 per person

 

Catch the SkyBus that goes via Dominion Road. Get off at the Bus Stop 1D at intersection of Queen Street and Karangahape Road (locals call it K' Rd). Turn right onto K' Rd and walk along to you reach Hereford Street on your right. Go down Hereford Street and turn left onto Hopetoun Street. We are the 3rd last house on the right.

 

By the Super Shuttle from the International or Domestic Airport

They will deliver directly to our front door. Fare is $38 for one person or $46 for 2 persons and less for more.

 

By the Green "Inner Link" Bus

Get off at the Art Station exit on Ponsonby Road. Walk along Ponsonby Road for about 50 metres to Hopetoun St. Fare $2.50

 

By the Red "City Link" Bus

Get off at the Pitt St bus stop. Walk up the Road to Karangahape Road, (K'Rd) and turn right and walk along to you reach Hereford Street on your right. Go down Hereford Street and turn left onto Hopetoun Street. We are the 3rd last house on the right. Fare $1.00.

 

By Car Heading North

On the Auckland – Hamilton Motorway, take the Kyber Pass Exit No 430. Turn left and go to the top of the hill and continue straight over the hill and down Newton Road over the flyover bridge up the next hill and through the traffic lights onto Ponsonby Road. Turn right at the next traffic lights into Hopetoun Street.

 

By Car Heading South

On the Auckland-Hamilton Motorway, cross the Harbour Bridge and take the first exit, Shelly Beach Road. Turn left into Jervois Road. Turn right into Ponsonby Road. Continue along Ponsonby Road till you see Western Park on the left and after turn left into Hopetoun St.