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.