Braemar House
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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whanganui

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Where to Stay in Whanganui on a Budget

With epic beaches, museums, art, towers and on the banks of the majestic Whanganui River, Whanganui city is a must for any backpacker looking to get off the beaten track! To keep those travel costs low, we’ve put together this quick list of backpacker hostels in Whanganui.

The awkward this is that there isn’t actually five hostels in Whanganui city. However, we’ve provided you with two other hostel alternatives so you know all your options in Whanganui when looking for budget accommodation! For more ways to keep the expenses low while visiting the city, check out these 10 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Wanganui! What’s more, see more ways to make the most of your stay in our Wanganui – Guide for Backpackers.

1. 42b College House

With the cheapest dorm rates in town and homely atmosphere, 42B College House is well worth considering for your budget stay in Whanganui. Make use of the free unlimited WiFi, free off-street parking and even free bus pick-ups. There are several spacious lounge areas, as well as a barbecue and garden to relax in. 42B College House is within walking distance of the city centre and supermarkets. Plus, it’s a member of BBH so use your BBH discount!

Check 42B College House out:

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2. Tamara Lodge

Stay right beside the Whanganui River, just five minutes from Whanganui city centre in Tamara Lodge. The lodge with a spacious garden with hammocks also provides free unlimited WiFi and free bike hire! BBH members can make use of the BBH discount at this hostel.

Check Tamara Lodge out:

Tamara Lodge© Tamara Lodge

3. Braemar House

This YHA hostel is located on the banks of the Whanganui River and is well within walking distance from the city centre. Choose from bed & breakfast accommodation or hostel accommodation with a mix of male dorms, female dorms and private rooms. It has all the essential facilities expected in a hostel including a kitchen, lounge and laundry. Free WiFi is also available for YHA members.

Check Braemar House out:

Braemar House© Braemar House

4. Whanganui Riverside Top 10 Holiday Park

If you’re looking for alternative backpacker accommodation in Whanganui then check out the Whanganui Riverside Top 10 Holiday Park. As the name suggests, the holiday park is right on the banks of the Whanganui River. Cabins and glamping tents provide cheap accommodation for couples and small groups, while still being able to make use of the communal facilities like the kitchen and laundry. There are powered sites for those travelling in a campervan, as well as tent sites and motel accommodation. Learn more about holiday park accommodation here.

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Whanganui Riverside Top 10 Holiday Park© Whanganui Riverside Top 10 Holiday Park

5. Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park

Another holiday park option in Whanganui is the Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park. Situated adjacent to Castlecliff Beach, this holiday park is a great out-of-town alternative. The private cabin accommodations make for extremely affordable accommodation for backpackers while having all the essential communal facilities that you’ll need. Not to mention the powered sites, tent sites, free WiFi, spa, sauna and barbecue area.

Check Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park out:

Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park© Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park


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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