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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Wellington, New Zealand

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Updated: 8 November 2017
Wellington is quite a budget-friendly destination. Besides being home to a tonne of cheap eats and outdoor attractions, the New Zealand capital consists of a fantastic range of hostels for visiting backpackers. Come take a look at some of the best of them.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, Wellington | © Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Formerly known as Downtown Backpackers, Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers is a budget-friendly hostel with a colourful history. In its past life, the art deco building was home to one of the capital’s finest hotels. These days, the backpacker hostel continues to make the most of its convenient location — there’s even a cafe on-site to keep its guests well-fed. Choose between private rooms or shared dorms. The hostel also offers special rates for those travelling in groups.

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The Dwellington

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Set in a pair of 100-year-old houses in the historic neighbourhood of Thorndon, The Dwellington is a laid-back hostel that prides itself in offering comfortable, stylish facilities. Each private room is fitted with queen-size beds, while dorms consist of custom-made timber bunks. Free breakfast, ferry drop-offs and a handy location are some of this hostel’s strongest suits.

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Moana Lodge

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Moana Lodge, Plimmerton | © Allie_Caulfield/Flickr

If you want to escape from the city rush, consider heading 20 minutes north of Wellington City into the beachside town of Plimmerton. Here, you’ll find Moana Lodge, a sunny backpackers that comes with expansive ocean views, plenty of communal facilities and a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen. Solo travellers can select between a four-bed shared room or their own private sanctuary.

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YHA Wellington Backpackers

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The award-winning YHA Wellington is known for its incredibly centralised location (there’s a supermarket across the street if you want to keep your food costs low) and hospitable facilities. Shared rooms are equipped with lockers comprising power outlets inside. The hostel also has two fully equipped kitchen and dining areas as well as an espresso bar that offers NZ$6 breakfasts on the daily.

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Trek Global Backpackers

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Trek Global is situated in a modern, residential building just one kilometre (0.62 miles) from Te Papa and a mere 500 metres (0.31 miles) from Cuba Mall. Its setup is casually simple: each hostel wing has its own kitchen with lockable cupboards, and security lockers have been fitted in all dorms. For an added sense of homeliness, this backpackers offers free in-house activities, and even has a games room for travellers to mix and mingle.

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Nomads Capital Backpackers

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Nomads Capital Backpackers boasts a great location within close range of Wellington’s top attractions, shopping destinations and restaurants. It is also a rarity in the backpacking world in that it offers free breakfast, tea, coffee and dinner. The hostel also has its own onsite bar and restaurant, called Blend, offering food at budget-friendly prices.

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The Setup on Dixon

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The Setup on Dixon is set right next to the historic Opera House, just a six-minute walk from City Gallery Wellington. From private ensuites to four-bed shared dorms, there are options available for all guests, be it touring groups or solo explorers. The hostel offers special rates for extended stays and downtown parking.

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Free Wifi
Non smoking
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