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1. Posted by loz1982 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi. I'm arriving in Auckland in the next few days. Going to be there for about 2-3 days, as want to head straight for the Bay of Islands for some beach time before the summer ends.

Where is the best area to go to as a backpacker for good crowds and also a place where I can get a car, and find some bars??

Anyone recommend any good hostels as well?

It's also my birthday the day I land (sunday) so want to find a good bar to celebrate (which is also cheap and full of other backpackers). Any suggestions?

:)

2. Posted by panayiota (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

most backpackers will tell you that auckland sucks, but i love it! i lived and worked there for a bit (made the most money there, by the way) so it was fab. you can even hit the beach there, but one thing at a time....

there are loads of hostels in auckland and i've stayed in most of them. if you want to meet people, i think ACB (Auckland Central Backpackers) is the way to go. they have a great backpacker bar (Globe Bar) just downstairs that's always busy with other travelers and it's got a community atmosphere.

you can also hit the beaches in auckland while you're there. the water is okay but the location is great--take the bus to mission bay! and have some of the best fish + chips and ice cream anywhere!

there are loads of shops on queens street, so if you need anything before you head to the bay of islands or anywhere else, i suggest you pick it up there (don't forget sunscreen!) because when you leave a nice city like auckland, you'll find everything triples in price everywhere else.

i was in the bay of islands last year for the new year. it was really nice and theres loads to do. i wasn't a fan of the beaches though honestly. the coromandel is really beautiful, and actually, you should definitely do a day trip to waiheke island (from auckland city it's a half hour on the ferry if i remember correctly)--some of the most stunning beaches i've seen in my life are there....sighhhhh

appreciate EVERY moment of your travels--you will think about it way too often when you get home.
good luck**

panayiota
xx

3. Posted by deverox (Inactive 19 posts) 8y

I agree that ACB is good.. or Base is ok as well.

Bay of Islands is wonderful and given the weather we are having here right now its your best bet to find sunshine on a consistant basis..

-Simon

4. Posted by deverox (Inactive 19 posts) 8y

I agree that ACB is good.. or Base is ok as well.

Bay of Islands is wonderful and given the weather we are having here right now its your best bet to find sunshine on a consistant basis..

-Simon