Auckland's city centre has plenty of luxury hotels, with several international chains. Any backpackers who leave with a bad impression have invariably stayed in crummy, noisy digs in the city centre. Not all of the cheap city accommodation is bad, but you'll find much better hostels in inner suburbs such as Ponsonby, Parnell, Freemans Bay and Mt Eden. Devonport has beautiful Edwardian B&Bs within a relaxing ferry ride of the city.