Onuku Farm Hostel
Onuku Farm Hostel

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Akaroa

© Onuku Farm Hostel

Where to Stay on a Budget in Akaroa

With a stunning harbour full of wildlife, hiking trails to hidden inlets, beaches and much more, no wonder you want to stay in Akaroa for a while! That’s why there are 10 Things We Love About Akaroa. The “French town” of New Zealand is full of character for an entertaining stay. Plus, there are plenty of backpacker hostels in Akaroa to keep the costs low.

While staying in one of these affordable Akaroa hostels, be sure to fill your itinerary with awesomeness by checking out our Akaroa – Guide for Backpackers. Get out on the water, swim with dolphins, see New Zealand’s largest little blue penguin colony, visit an alpaca farm, and so much more!

1. Onuku Farm Hostel

For an experience, rather than just accommodation, check out the Onuku Farm Hostel in the nearby settlement of Onuku. With all the backpacker-style accommodation you could think of – dorms, private rooms, cabins, stargazer cabins, van sites, tent sites and more – you will be sorted at the Onuku Farm Hostel. This is the perfect spot for getting off the beaten track. This hostel also features as one of our 13 Most Unique Backpacker Hostels in New Zealand.

Check Onuku Farm Hostel out:

Onuku Farm Hostel© Onuku Farm Hostel

2. Halfmoon Cottage

Another fantastic out-of-town B&B-style backpacker accommodation is Halfmoon Cottage in Barrys Bay. Choose from dorms, twin rooms, double rooms and family rooms in this BBH hostel. Enjoy a spacious garden in the back of this homely cottage hostel. There are also bikes and kayaks to hire to make the most of the area. Be aware that the hostel is usually closed in the winter season which runs from June to September in New Zealand.

Check Halfmoon Cottage out:

Halfmoon Cottage© Halfmoon Cottage

3. Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park

With accommodation ranging from small studios to powered campervan sites, the Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park has something for everybody. We recommend the studio units for those travelling on a budget but still want a real bed. With prices sometimes under $80 for two people, the studio units are a great hostel alternative as hostels are often around $35-$40 per person. Family units are a great consideration for groups as well.

Check Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park out:

Akaroa Holiday Park© Akaroa Holiday Park

[CLOSED] Akaroa Backpackers / Madeira Hotel

The central location in Akaroa is ideal. Situated above the Madeira Hotel pub, you don’t need to go too far for food and a drink. The Akaroa Backpackers offers 4-bed dorms and a twin room. Each room has a small kitchenette with a microwave, toaster and coffee machine.

Check Akaroa Backpackers out:

Akaroa Backpackers© Akaroa Backpackers

[CLOSED] Chez La Mer Backpackers

The brightest and most central backpacker hostel in Akaroa is the Chez La Mer Backpackers. Stay in this budget accommodation with free WiFi, free mountain bike hire, free fishing rods and much more! Relax in the garden or lounge and make use of the kitchen and laundry facilities in this historic yet homely hostel.

Chez La Mer Backpackers© Chez La Mer Backpackers

[CLOSED] Bon Accord Backpackers

Another central hostel in Akaroa is the Bon Accord Backpackers. Keeping on the historic French theme, the Bon Accord hostel is set alongside the river on the edge of Akaroa town centre. Relax in the garden, grab some herbs and vegetables from the garden and make use of the communal kitchen facilities. As for rooms, choose from dorms, private rooms and cabins.

Bon Accord Hostel© Bon Accord Hostel


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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