12 Best Backpacker Hostels in Wellington
12 Best Backpacker Hostels in Wellington

11 Best Backpacker Hostels in Wellington

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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

Check Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers out:

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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

Check The Dwellington out:

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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

Check Moana Lodge out:

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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

Check YHA Wellington out:

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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

Check Trek Global out:

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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

Check Worldwide Backpackers out:

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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

Check Nomads Wellington out!

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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

Check Lodge in the City out:

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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

Check the Cambridge Hotel out:

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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

Check The Setup on Dixon out:

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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

Check Wild Zebra Backpackers out:

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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

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More Wellington Backpackery Goodness

Check out these articles to make the most of your time in Wellington:

Now that you know the best backpacker hostels in Wellington, see which ones made it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.


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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