The world’s first Zest OK youth hotel opened in Auckland’s Grafton on November 23, ushering in a new era for backpacking in the city.

This new addition to the accommodation fold offers private rooms with lively shared spaces. Created for the young and young-at-heart, Zest OK promises a fun, social environment for short and long term travellers wanting to soak up all that Auckland has to offer.

The desirable Grafton location ensures entertainment is on guests' doorstep with transport hubs in close proximity. The buzz of the central city is 10 minutes away, as well as being a convenient distance from the Auckland Domain, K' Road, the Spark Arena, and festival hotspot.

“Zest OK offers guests a vibrant place to stay where meeting new people is encouraged," said Oliver Faull, vice president of Australia and New Zealand for Swiss-Belhotel International. It’s designed to enhance the travel experience, allowing you to share your experiences and make them even more memorable with new friends."

Made up of 321 rooms with a choice of single or double occupancy, each room is fitted with a bed, fridge, desk and windows, along with shared bathrooms (two per floor) and common areas on each of the 11 floors.

The shared social spaces are where the action happens, with each floor featuring a kitchen, lounge/TV room and laundry facilities. A large outdoor space fitted with a BBQ and covered seating is on offer for all guests to enjoy. Each guest is provided with a security card with 24-hour access to their floor and common areas, ensuring a safe and secure environment.

This new addition will extend Auckland's youth accommodation offering and provide a value-conscious option for those looking to make their dollar go further. Zest OK will be launching with a summer special, offering guests a week-long stay for $265 (now – 31 January 2020). Daily and monthly rates are also available.