1. Raglan Backpackers
Owned by two devoted surfers, Raglan Backpackers is well… a surfers dream. Pushing hard on the social aspect of backpacking there is free Internet available but only on computers labelled Porn Corner. Youve got to chat with each other, should it be during make your own pizza night (sharing mandatory) or in the spa pool in the middle of the garden. Surf gear and “the surf car” are available for you to make the most of in the world-class waves of the area. Check out these other 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Raglan
2. River Valley Lodge
One of the most unique hostels in New Zealand, River Valley Lodge is much more than a hostel. White water rafting, hikes, and a gold mining era-inspired river crossing are only the beginning. This (very well) hidden gem in the heart of the Manawatu-Wanganui region is absolutely worth discovering.
3. Crash Palace
Crash Palace’s motto should be Well make sure you have a good time! with activities almost every night in a great-looking hostel. Super colourful with New Zealand art all over the walls, it just screams fun! No wonder it is one of our favourite hostels in Rotorua.
Pro Tip: the most famous hostel in Rotorua is best when waking upon a Sunday with free pancake breakfast. Yum!
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4. Urban retreat
Taupo Urban Retreat is the ultimate social hostel, with a huge communal area and tons of stuff to do, from books, movies, a pool table and even a bar! Yep, the hostel has a bar in its communal area. How cool is that!? It is not surprising that Taupo Urban Retreat tops our favourite hostels in Taupo.
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5. Mousetrap Backpackers
Located in the heart of beautiful Paihia, Mousetrap Backpackers is your home away from home. It’s a great option for your stay in the Bay of Islands with cosy lounges, balconies and gardens. Check out more great hostels on our list of8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Paihia.
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6. Haka Lodge Auckland
The superb pod (or capsule) hostel is a great take on the original capsule hostel concept from Japan. It offers the best of both worlds, a social space to meet travellers and privacy at night. Haka Lodge Auckland is new, fresh and fun. We have it on top of our favourite hostel list in New Zealands largest city.
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7. Pacific Coast Lodge
Pacific Coast Lodge is not a central hostel by any means. Located in the suburb of Mt Maunganui, it is just out of the busy city or Tauranga, yet it is one of our favourite hostels in Tauranga. Like many other hostels on this list, one of the things we love the most about Pacific Coast Lodge is its social take on backpacking. From potluck dinner nights to game nights, you’re bound to meet some cool people!
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8. Criterion Art Deco Backpackers
What about staying in a hotel for once? What about a historic hotel? And what about staying in the most photographed buildings in the city?! Well, our favourite hostel in Napier/Hastings is just that: aconverted historic hostel that is simply stunning. Plus, to keep the hotel feel, they still serve free continental breakfast. Hows that for the price of a hostel night?
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9. Ducks & Drakes
New Plymouth has a lot to offer to backpackers from surf to museums to street art and awesome locals. Our favourite hostel in town is Duck & Drakes, which is sort of an art gallery in itself. The colourful hostel even hosts live gigs from time to time. Plus, we love the big communal areas that are great to make new friends and cook together.
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10. Hone Heke
Named after a great North Island warrior, Hone Heke is a true flashpacker in Kerikeri. Lodged in between native trees and singing birds, the hostel screams paradise. It is hard to describe how great it feels to check-in this great open backpackers. From the get-go, you know that you will lose track of time. See more 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kerikeri.