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Backpacking New Zealand was a fantastic experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. However, it can be hard to know where to stay in New Zealand at times.
Determining the best hostels in New Zealand can be a tricky and time-consuming exercise. Sifting through reviews isn’t much fun, let me tell you!
Hostels are a great option for the budget traveller and a lot of them in New Zealand are very charming and comfortable. They are a great place to meet fellow travellers and life-long friends!
I stayed in a number of great hostels in New Zealand during my time in the country. Below are a few of my recommendations for hostels to check out!
Best Hostels in New Zealand
As the most populated island in New Zealand, there are plenty of hostels in the North Island. This is especially true in the two biggest cities, there’s plenty of accommodation in Auckland and Wellington.
It can be hard to decide where to stay at times, due to the level of choice. There are many great places to visit on the North Island, all of which have quality accommodation close by.
Below are a few recommendations for where to stay on the North Island.
Prices: Dorms from $22; Privates from $75 | Where: Taupo
Taupo is another place with a lot of hostels, but Base Taupo is one of the best there. Its proximity to Lake Taupo is very useful. You can walk there in less than 2 minutes!
The hostel is itself is what you would expect from a Base hostel. The rooms are spacious and comfy, the kitchen is a decent size and there is a social room for people to mingle in.
Perhaps the best bit about the hostel is the onsite Element Bar. You can get access to meals served there and there’s nightly entertainment as well.
The staff here were very friendly and I would definitely return if I were to visit Taupo again!
Prices: Dorms from $22; Privates from $64 | Where: Rotorua
The Funky Green Voyager in Rotorua was a great place to stay. It wasn’t the most central location, but the facilities and the vibe in the hostel more than made up for it!
This was one of the biggest hostels in New Zealand that I stayed at. The rooms were spacious, there was a sizable outdoor area for you to relax in and the living area was more than big enough for all the guests.
The kitchen was a bit smaller, but there was still enough space for everyone.
We stayed here for two nights and the staff were very friendly and helpful, telling us about all the activities that you can do in Rotorua.
Prices: Dorms from $19; Privates from $55 | Where: Wellington
Lodge in the City was a nice hostel that I had the pleasure of staying at during my time in Wellington.
The hostel is slightly outside of the centre of the city, but it only takes 5 minutes to get there. Wellington isn’t the biggest city, getting around isn’t that difficult.
The facilities were of a good standard. The rooms were big enough with space to put my bags. The hostel comes into its own with its communal space. There are numerous big spaces where you can relax and socialise.
This includes a bar area downstairs and outside terrace. If want reasonably priced, comfortable accommodation in Wellington, Lodge in the City is as good as any!
Prices: Dorms from $29; Privates from $74 | Where: Wanaka
I really enjoyed my stay at the Flying Kiwi Backpackers while I was in Wanaka. It was just a shame I wasn’t able to stay longer!
One of the best things about the hostel is the number of things that are free. You have free wifi, free tea and coffee and free spices and oil.
This is common in a lot of hostels. If you’re travelling New Zealand on a budget, make the most of it!
The facilities are quite basic, but they work. The kitchen area is big and spacious, plus there is a nice little living area where you can eat and relax at the same time. The rooms were a bit on the small side but were cosy nonetheless.
The Flying Kiwi backpackers may not be the fanciest, but it’s still one of the better hostels in New Zealand!
Prices: Dorms from $26; Privates from $69. | Where: Nelson
The Bug Backpackerswas one of my favourite hostels in the South Island. Located in Nelson, it really felt more like staying in a nice house instead of a hostel.
It’s not the biggest hostel, so it does feel a bit more personal because of this. You can get to know the other guests quite easily. Of course, it also means that you have freer rein over when you can use the facilities, which is always a bonus!
Perhaps the only downside is the location. It’s not that close to the centre of Nelson, it would probably take about 15 to 20 minutes to walk into the centre.
However, that doesn’t detract from how good The Bug Backpackers is. It was definitely one of my favourites hostels in New Zealand!
The facilities and the staff at the hostel are great! You have spacious rooms, kitchens and a great outdoor area. There is also a games room with a pool table should you require a few forms of entertainment!
An interesting part of the hostel is that you can stay in a tent if you wish! This might not be advisable at times with the weather in Stewart Island, but it would be a great experience nonetheless!
There are a lot of hostels in New Zealand to choose from. Hopefully, my list has made the job finding a good hostel less stressful. I enjoyed my stay in these hostels and would highly recommend all of them for your trip to New Zealand!
What’s your favourite hostel in New Zealand? Is it on this list? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!
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