About Us

Welcome to the Queen Street Backpackers About Us page.

Queen Street Backpackers has a rich history which stretches back as far as 1846 when the original Metropolitan Hotel was built on Auckland city’s foreshore. The Commercial Bay shoreline was utilized by Maori before colonial arrival, and was a major landing place for people and supplies after colonial Auckland was founded in 1840. In 1882 the lease of the Metropolitan was secured by a private investor and the building was rebuilt in brick and the new premise reopened in 1883 later being renamed the Imperial Hotel in 1885. Over the next 128 years the Imperial Hotel and surrounding area underwent renovations and extensions.

The Imperial Hotel became the Lion Tavern in 1966. The first and second floors of the extended holding were redeveloped as backpackers' accommodation in 1989 and renamed Downtown Queen Street Backpackers.

Queen Street Backpackers is a turn of the 20th Century Hotel which has been converted into a warm and spacious Backpackers Accommodation and is considered to be the most central Auckland Backpackers in the city.

All of the QSB Team are well trained in activities and travel around New Zealand will help with most queries about your stay in New Zealand.

Our central location only minutes away from:

  • Aucklands major shopping district - on our doorstep.
  • Airbus Express pickup and drop off - less than a 1 minute walk
  • Kiwi Experience, Magic Bus and Stray pick up and drop off - 1 minute walk
  • Major supermarket - 2 minute walk
  • Auckland’s Main Transportation hub and Ferry Terminal including Naked Bus - 5 minutes walk
  • Vector Arena - 10 minute walk
  • Auckland Viaduct restaurants and bars - 10 minute walk.

As well as offering the best location in Auckland City we also provide benefits, services and excellent on site facilities when you stay with us.

  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Free Wifi
  • Free 2degress SIM Card
  • In house bar for guests only.
  • Large windows in every room.
  • Two on site kitchens and 24 hour guest laundry.
  • Travel desk and information centre.

Book your stay with us today at Queen Street Backpackers and take advantage of the many benefits of staying with Aucklands most central and friendliest backpackers.