Where to Stay in the Capital City of New Zealand?
The ferry gateway to North Island, a main New Zealand airport, a buzzing city life, and a Lord of the Rings destination: there are plenty of reasons why you might find yourself in Wellington. But where can you stay when visiting the city? Let us help you out with that!
Staying in Wellington hostels are a great way to meet fellow backpackers and save a bit of money along the way. Although hostels are ideal for quick stays, many of the hostels in Wellingtonoffer work for accommodation if you plan to stay longer. Check out 10 Lessons You’ll Only Learn When Working in a Hostel to see what long-term hostel life is like. So here are the backpacker hostels we love the most in New Zealand’s capital city.
For more on Wellington, be sure to check out our city guide!
1. Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
It’s a hostel so good that it has hosted the Queen’s entourage! Albeit, this was in 1953 before it became a backpackers… Nevertheless, the essence of the hotel is still noticeable in Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, formally known as Downtown Backpackers: there is an onsite cafe and bar.
Location: Bunny Street, Wellington
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- Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers on Booking.com
- Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers on Trip.com
- Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers on Expedia
2. The Dwellington Backpackers
Not only a ‘punny’ hostel, but this modern hostel established in 2013 also has some sweet services: free breakfast, free ferry drop-offs, and most importantly, free WiFi! The hostel, complete with modern furnishings, a sociable kitchen and its very own cinema room, is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
Location: Halswell St, Thorndon
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3. Moana Lodge
Prefer a quieter seaside suburb to the bustling Wellington city centre? Try Moana Lodge. Many of the rooms have ocean views and has a homely feel about the place (but cleaner)! The hostel is 20 minutes north of Wellington and access to the city is easy by bus or train
Location: Moana Road, Plimmerton
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4. YHA Wellington
The location makes YHAWellington a good base for Wellington’s activities, such as the nearby Te Papa museum. The hostel organises some free social outings such as a guided walk up Mt Victoria and a tour of the street art in the central business district.
Location: Wakefield St, Te Aro
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5. Trek Global
A games area with foosball and pool table, bike hire and free fresh herbs in the foyer… You know you are stepping into a cool hostel in the centre of Wellington. The hostel is split into different colours, each with its own kitchen and bathrooms, as well as an additional lounge and patio area downstairs. There’s plenty of room for all, with weekly social events in the hostel should you feel like it!
Location: O’Reilly Avenue, Wellington
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6. Worldwide Backpackers
This BBH hostel is a smaller hostel in the centre with free fibre WiFi and free breakfast. Worldwide Backpackers is an ideal base for finding work in Wellington and getting to know fellow backpackers staying long-term.
Location: The Terrace, Te Aro
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7. Nomads Capital
Free breakfast and (small) dinner, who can complain? Plus, it is super central by being just a few steps from Courtenay Place, Cuba Street and Willis Street.
Location: Wakefield Street, Te Aro
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8. Lodge in the City
You have all the essentials for your stay in New Zealand’s capital in this colourful backpacker hostel, with a choice of bunk rooms to self-contained rooms. Plus, the location is only a few minutes walk from all the main city centre attractions.
Location: 152 Taranaki St, Te Aro
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9. The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers
For a touch of luxury without the luxurious prices, choose the Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers. This historic building gives a vintage feel to your stay in the capital city.
Location: 28 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro
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10. The Setup on Dixon
This sleek and modern backpacker hostel in Wellington is another hostel with a great central location. The Setup on Dixon is ideal for getting away from crowded dorms, with 4-bed dorm, single and double room options.
Location: 15 Dixon Street, Level 3, Te Aro
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11. Wild Zebra Backpackers
It’s hard to miss with this multi-story building covered in zebra stripes! Enjoy the spa pool, pool table and it’s convenient location a stone’s throw away from the city centre. Note that facilities are very basic, so don’t expect the “flashpacker” experience.
Location: 58 Tory St, Te Aro
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[CLOSED] Base Backpackers Wellington
Newly refurbished, Base Backpackers in Wellington has a fresh and clean feel about it! If you are looking for a place to party, there is a cheap backpacker bar in the basement, keeping the drunkenness separate from the dry hostel. It has a great central location at the end of Courtenay Place and in short walking distance from Mt Victoria, so you can go check out those Lords of the Rings filming locations!
Location: Cambridge Terrace, Mt Victoria
More Wellington Backpackery Goodness
Check out these articles to make the most of your time in Wellington:
- 11 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Wellington
- 10 Wellington Must-Dos
- Wellington – Guide for Backpackers
Now that you know the best backpacker hostels in Wellington, see which ones made it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.