If you are keen to stay somewhere in Auckland that is not so main stream and large, then check out these quieter options:
Ponsonby Backpackers – Ponsonby is within walking distance to downtown and is one of Auckland’s trendiest suburbs. Ponsonby road is lined with some of the cities most popular shops, bars and cafes.
Verandahs Backpackers – Located in the affluent suburb of Parnell in a colonial style villa. Still within walking distance of the city.
Oaklands Lodge – Is just around the corner from the very trendy Mt Eden Village. A walk in to downtown would take around 40 minutes but you get a taste of living like a local.