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© YWCA Hamilton

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hamilton 🎒 [2024]

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Where to Find Hostels in Hamilton for Backpackers

In Hamilton, you’re in the centre of all the action: Hobbiton, Raglan, the Blue Springs in Putaruru and so much more! Plus, the city has it’s own attractions like the Waikato Museum, New Zealand’s only tea plantation, and the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Hamilton is a great place to base yourself when exploring the Waikato region. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best backpacker hostels in Hamilton, so you can spend less on accommodation and more on awesome experiences.

For more things to do in Hamilton, be sure to check out our Hamilton – Guide for Backpackers. And to help you save the cents further, take a look at the 10 Free & Cheap Things to do in Hamilton.

1. Backpackers Central Hamilton

Stay right in the heart of Hamilton in the conveniently located Backpackers Central Hamilton. There’s plenty of space in this hostel with two kitchens and lounges, as well as a few welcome additions like free unlimited WiFi, free parking and free breakfast! Rooms include dorms, female dorms, male dorms, singles, doubles, triples, twins and ensuites. Basically, there’s something for everyone here looking to stay somewhere for cheap. The friendly vibe is just an added bonus.

Check Backpackers Central Hamilton out:

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2. Microtel Lodge

Within walking distance of Hamilton city centre, Microtel Lodge is a small but quality accommodation with dorms, private rooms and self-contained studios. A cool feature of this hostel is that the dorms feature an ensuite, so there are no missions to the bathroom. Facilities also include a communal kitchen, a TV room, free on-site parking and laundry facilities. Plus, there’s free internet access! For more stays with cooking facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Hamilton.

Check Microtel Lodge out:

Microtel Lodge© Microtel Lodge

3. YWCA Hamilton

An alternative hostel option in Hamilton with super cheap private rooms is the YWCA. With a hostel open to both females and males, rooms include private singles, twins (shared or private) and doubles. There are shared facilities such as a kitchen, lounge, bathrooms, laundry and free limited WiFi. The location of this hostel is also within walking distance of the city centre. Nightly and weekly rates are available. For more long-term options, head to Hamilton: A Guide to Cheap Long-Term Accommodation.

YWCA Hamilton© YWCA Hamilton

4. Hamilton City Holiday Park

A backpacker accommodation alternative is staying in a holiday park, which like hostels, has shared facilities like kitchens and laundry. The Hamilton City Holiday Park has self-contained units, as well as affordable cabins with doubles, twins and singles. There are powered sites and tent sites too. Kitchen utensils are available to hire for NZ$10. The holiday park is situated 3 km (1.9 miles) from the city centre. For more alternatives to backpacker hostels, check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Hamilton and 10 Best Homestays in Hamilton.

Check Hamilton City Holiday Park out:

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hamilton© Hamilton City Holiday Park

[CLOSED] Eagles Nest Backpackers

Offering the cheapest dorm rates in Hamilton, the Eagles Nest Backpackers is worth considering. The hostel is just a short walk from the city centre and close to supermarkets. It has all the facilities expected in a hostel from a kitchen to a lounge, as well as some additions like a steam room and barbecue. Some rooms have their own balcony.

More Hostels in Hamilton

That’s it for our guide to the best hostels in Hamilton. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in Hamilton – Guide for Backpackers.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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