Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Timaru

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Where to Stay in Timaru on a Budget

Get off the beaten track to the classic coastal city of Timaru! Home to a little blue penguin colony, beaches, fishing, hunting, brewery tours, art galleries and more, Timaru is worth staying a night or two. With that in mind, and to keep you on that all-important backpacker budget, we’ve put together this list of backpacker hostels in Timaru!

The awkward thing is that there isn’t exactly five backpacker hostels in Timaru. However, to give you plenty of options, we’ve including some holiday parks with budget rooms for backpackers, as well as hostels in nearby towns. To learn more about what there is to do in Timaru, check out our Canterbury – Guide for Backpackers.

1. 1873 the Wanderer

For a homely stay in Timaru consider 1873 the Wanderer backpackers. This small hostel situated in a townhouse offers free little blue penguin tours with your enthusiastic host. The hostel has all the essential facilities and rooms expected in a hostel, as well as the option for a tent site in the garden. What’s more, it’s well within walking distance of the town centre and Caroline Bay. Note that the hostel is closed between 1 March and 1 May.

Check 1873 the Wanderer out:

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2. Glenmark Holiday Park

Situated only a 3-minute drive from the city centre, Glenmark Holiday Park provides another affordable backpacker accommodation option in Timaru. Choose from cheap cabins and unites that are ideal for those travelling in couples or groups. Of course, there are powered sites and tent sites for camping. As well as your expected essential facilities, the holiday park also has an outdoor pool for use between November and April.

Check Glenmark Holiday Park out:

Glenmark Holiday Park© Glenmark Holiday Park

3. Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

More backpacker accommodation awaits at the Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park! This slightly more modern holiday park has some great options for budget accommodation in the form of budget cabins, units and motel units. There are also powered and tent sites, as well as kitchen, laundry, lounge and barbecue facilities. 250mb of free WiFi is available per day.

Check Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park out:

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4. Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

Choose from affordable single, double and dorm rooms in the Timaru Backpackers (Anchor Motel). The backpacker accommodation has two kitchens, two bathrooms, a large lounge and TVs in every room (even the dorm rooms). Relax in the gardens or fire up the barbecue in this large and friendly hostel.

Check Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers out:

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5. Rawhiti Backpackers (Geraldine)

Just 35 minutes from Timaru in the town of Geraldine, the Rawhiti Backpackers is a great alternative when exploring the outer Timaru district. Go white water rafting, horse trekking, stargazing and more in the Geraldine area. The Rawhiti Backpackers is a spacious backpackers which is tidy and characterful.

Check Rawhiti Backpacker out:

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Author

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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