Budget Accommodation in Westport, Charleston, Karamea and Hector
Well, this is awkward. With only three backpacker hostels in Westport, this would make much of a “best backpacker hostel” list. Nevertheless, Westport’s neighbouring towns have some hostels that are too good not to mention.
After a day of surfing, going on a mining experience, tubing in the caves, and exploring Westport town, there are among some of the best backpacker hostels in New Zealand for you to relax at the end of the day. You really are spoiled for choice in Westport and the surrounding areas. Once you have explored Westport, take a trip to Karamea to explore the wonders of Kahurangi National Park or stop by in Hector to do the Charming Creek Walkway and more.
Remember, if you are looking for something more long-term, WWOOFing is a great option to save money by working for accommodation. Find out more in Everything You Need to Know About WWOOFing in New Zealand and 10 Lessons You’ll Only Learn When Working in a Hostel.
1. Bazil’s Hostel & Surf School
Staying just one night in this colourful surf hostel is just not enough. With murals painted on almost every wall, a courtyard with hammocks and flowers for those warm sunny days, and a cute living room with a cosy fire, Bazil’s Hostel is always something to look forward to after day’s surf, mountain biking, hiking and more.
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2. Wayne’s World
This “most excellent” hostel with its “most excellent”host, Wayne. Whether you understand the movie reference or not, Wayne’s World is a great base for exploring Westport. Sturdy bunks, a homely kitchen and communal areas, a veggie garden… What’s not to love?
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3. Trip Inn Hostel
YHA members will benefit from a discount at this YHA hostel in Westport. This historic building is super spacious, with the hammock-filled garden being an awesome place to hang out. Play a round of darts or snuggle by the fire in this comfortable hostel.
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4. Beaconstone Eco Lodge (Charleston)
Only a 10-minute drive south from Westport, Beconstone is a hostel in Charleston with a sustainability ethos. Escape to this small and quiet hostel during the spring and summer months to experience living in a hostel powered by solar power, using rainfall as its water supply (don’t worry, it rains A LOT in the West Coast), amongst other things.
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5. The Old Slaughterhouse (Hector)
Don’t be too put off by the name of this hostel situated in Hector. This hostel is actually often highly rated. The eco-friendly lodge made of recycled timber sits on top of a hill surrounded by native bush boasting spectacular views of the Tasman Sea. The Old Slaughter House is a30-minute drive north of Westport.
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6. [UPDATE] Rongo Backpackers (Karamea)
Rongo Backpackers is now a bed and breakfast accommodation.
It’s a bit of a drive over the hill to Karamea from Westport, taking about 1h30min to drive, but this hostel is well worth considering. Rongo’s is hard to miss painted in rainbow colours and the inside is just as bright! The hostel even has its own radio station set up around the back so you can record your own show. Not to mention the location is relatively close to the Heaphy Track Great Walk and the Oparara Basin.