10 Best Budget Accommodation in Wellington City

© Cambridge Hotel

Where to Find Budget Accommodation in Wellington City

Did you know that you can stay in your own private room in Wellington without breaking the bank? There is plenty of budget accommodation in Wellington city for solo travellers, couples and groups. To help you find the most suitable Wellington budget accommodation for you, we’ve put together this list of affordable places to stay between NZ$60-$130 in Wellington. If you are looking for something cheaper, then head on over to our 12 Best Backpacker Hostels in Wellington.

In this list, we have put together what we consider some of the best budget accommodation based on location, inclusions like kitchen facilities, free WiFi, parking and other things budget travellers may need. Of course, it is also based on price. The list also captures a bit of everything in Wellington, from proper hotel experiences to self-contained apartments, B&Bs and private rooms with shared facilities.

1. Aura Hotel

With a super central location and super affordable prices, Aura Hotel ticks the right boxes. Many of the activities mentioned in our 14 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Wellington are easily accessible from Rivers. Rooms offered are double, triple and quadruple rooms with some of those being en-suite. There are shared kitchen and lounge facilities, plus free WiFi.

Check Aura Hotel out:

© Aura Hotel

2. Willis Wellington Hotel

Situated just outside the city centre (about a 20-minute walk to the waterfront), Willis Wellington Hotel offers some budget-friendly private rooms, especially for solo travellers. Couples may also sometimes get a good deal depending on the date. There is an on-site restaurant and the hotel is close to bars and restaurants. Free WiFi is available and on-site parking is an extra cost.

Check Willis Wellington Hotel out:

© Willis Wellington Hotel

3. Shepherds Arms Hotel

For a classic pub-style accommodation at an affordable price, choose the Shepherds Arms Hotel. Single rooms have a shared bathroom, while the queen suite is en-suite. Other room types are available. Join the locals downstairs at the Shepherds Arms Restaurant and enjoy free WiFi and free parking. The Shepherds Arms Hotel is within 10-minutes walk of the city centre.

Check Shepherds Arms Hotel out:

© Shepherds Arms Hotel

4. Halswell Lodge

Although offering studios, Halswell Lodge has some extremely affordable single, twin and double rooms for those travelling on a budget. There’s free unlimited WiFi and the lodge has a convenient central location. Kitchen facilities are shared.

Check Halswell Lodge out:

© Halswell Lodge

5. 747 Motel & Car Hire

For a budget stay within 5 minutes drive of Wellington Airport, try 747 Motel. Private single rooms are particularly affordable with access to shared kitchen, barbecue and laundry. Each room has en-suite and sofa.

Check 747 Motel out:

© 747 Motel & Car Hire

6. Trinity Hotel

Trinity Hotel is everything you would expect from a hotel. The double and queen rooms are an affordable option with an en-suite bathroom. Choose this hotel if you want a central location and plan on eating out or want to treat yourself at their rooftop bar. Unlimited free WiFi is available in each room. And on-site parking is available at an extra cost.

Check Trinity Hotel out:

© Trinity Hotel

7. Capital View Motor Inn

Although a little more expensive than other accommodation on this list (just a tad though), Capital View Motor Inn has the advantages of free on-site parking in a very central location of Wellington. Plus, each studio has its own private kitchen and bathroom facilities. 300mb of free WiFi is also included.

Check Capital View Motor Inn out:

© Capital View Motor Inn

8. Cambridge Hotel

This hotel within walking distance of the city centre has a budget room for everyone. Part hotel, part hostel, rooms range from dorms to private single, twin, double and quadruple rooms. Some rooms have en-suite. The historic hotel is within walking distance from Te Papa, Oriental Bay and the city centre. Eggs on toast for breakfast is a mere NZ$3! Facilities like kitchen, lounge and laundry are shared.

Check the Cambridge Hotel out:© Cambridge Hotel

9. The Setup on Manners

The Setup on Manners is quite the setup! Get everything you need in your own private apartment within walking distance of the city centre attractions. A lounge and a bathroom are included in each apartment as well as a kitchen so you can save the cents on the food. Get some inspiration for quick and easy meals that won’t get in the way of your trip here. Plus, free WiFi!

Check The Setup on Manners out:

© The Setup on Manners

10. The Dwellington

For backpackers (and other budget travellers, for that matter) looking for a refreshing yet affordable place to stay in the capital, check out The Dwellington. The modernly-furnished hostel includes some unique facilities, like a boutique cinema room. Rooms include dorms with custom-timber bunks, female-only dorms, triple, twin and double rooms. All rooms have shared bathroom facilities.

Check The Dwellington out:

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Wellington City© The Dwellington

More About Wellington on a Budget

Now that you know the best budget accommodations in Wellington, see which ones made it into The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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