The Budget Accommodation Guide to Invercargill
The Budget Accommodation Guide to Invercargill

Invercargill: A Guide to Cheap Long-Term Accommodation [2022]

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A Guide to Cheap Weekly Accommodation in Invercargill

Home to the oldest tuatara and the “Southland Sushi”, Invercargill certainly has a character of its own! Whether you are here for an extended visit, to study or calling it your base for your working holiday, it’s likely that you’re going to need to find cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill.

Because Invercargill is split into many suburbs, we have put together a quick list of the suburbs where you are likely to find some cheap weekly accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are from the city centre. This guide to cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill is also split into accommodation types, so you can just skip straight to your preferred short-term or long-term accommodation style.

So find a place to stay in Invercargill using our nifty guide to cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill.

Which Invercargill District to Find Long-Term Accommodation?

There is cheap weekly accommodation found all over Invercargill. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in each Invercargill suburb in relation to Invercargill’s city centre. For more about Invercargill, check out Invercargill – Guide for Backpackers. Plus, find out how to get around Invercargill here.

Note: CBD refers to Central Business District i.e. Invercargill city centre.

  • Invercargill Central – Location: city centre. Distance from CBD: you’re in it. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Appleby – Location: southwest of CBD. Distance from CBD: 8min drive/17min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Ascot – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 4min drive/55min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Clifton – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 6min drive/1hourwalk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Georgetown – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD:3min drive/25min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Gladstone – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 6min drive/32min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$190.
  • Glengarry – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 5min drive/35min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Grasmere – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 8min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Hargest – Location: northeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 8min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Hawthorndale – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/35min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Heidelberg – Location: southeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/45min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ140.
  • Kew – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 4min drive/41min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Kingswell – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/47min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Motu Rimu – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 12min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Newfield – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 5min drive/35min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Prestonville – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/48min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Queens Park – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/16min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Richmond – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 4min drive/21min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Rockdale – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 6min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Rosedale – Location: northeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/48min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Seaward Bush – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 12min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Strathern – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 4min drive/26min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Tisbury – Location: southeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 9min drive/1h10min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$90.
  • Turnbull Thomson Park – Location: east of CBD. Distance from CBD: 4min drive/17min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Waihopai – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 9min drive/1h10min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Waverley – Location: northeast of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/47min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • West Invercargill – Location: west of CBD. Distance from CBD: 3min drive/20min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$160.
  • Waikiwi – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 9min drive/1hour walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Windsor – Location: north of CBD. Distance from CBD: 7min drive/37min walk. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$170.
  • Woodend – Location: south of CBD. Distance from CBD: 10min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$170.

Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

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Hostels in Invercargill

Hostels are a good place to start when looking for cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill. Not only do they provide an affordable base for rental-hunting but many also offer weekly rates.

There are two backpacker hostels in Invercargill all located close to the city centre, which are:

  • Tuatara Lodge – a large basic backpackers in the city centre on top of a cool cafe. Prices start at NZ$32 per night.
  • Southern Comfort – a homely BBH hostel in the Queens Park suburb. Prices start at NZ$32 per night.

Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

Find more hostel we love in Invercargill with our list of Best Hostels in Invercargill.

We always recommend booking your bed a week or two in advance during summer. You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in an Invercargill hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.

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Renting a Room in Invercargill

Renting a room is common practice in Invercargill to keep the price to a minimum when staying for the long term, usually done if you have landed a job in Invercargill as part of a working holiday.

Rooms for rent can be found all over the city, even in the city centre. Invercargill is known to be one of the cheapest cities to find a room for rent in New Zealand with rent usually being between NZ$130 and NZ$190 per week. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

For advice on how to find a room to rent in Invercargill, have a look at our 6 Resources to Find a Room to Rent in New Zealand. Renting a room involves a more complicated process than staying in short-term accommodation, so get clued up by reading The Paperwork Process of Renting or Flatting in New Zealand.

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Airbnb in Invercargill

Stay with a local in Invercargill! You’ll be having Southland Cheese Rolls (or Southland Sushi) every night! Airbnb, the online network of people’s spare rooms available for accommodation, is relatively popular in convenient locations in and around Invercargill.

Like hostels, Airbnb stays can provide a cheap room while finding something long term. Alternatively, some Airbnb hosts offer weekly rates for cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill.

The average Airbnb room in Invercargill is NZ$150. Saying that, there are a limited number of cheaper stays starting from NZ$45 per night. Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

For more information on Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand and 10 Tips to Make the Most of Airbnb in New Zealand.

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Campgrounds and Holiday Parks in Invercargill

Although Southland offers many freedom camping spots, freedom camping is prohibited within Invercargill city (see Freedom Camping Rules in New Zealand: Region by Region for links to the Invercargill City Council with the latest freedom camping rules). However, there are a few holiday park options with tent sites and power sites. Invercargill’s holiday parks are relatively dispersed throughout the suburbs. Places you can camp or plug in your campervan are:

Note that prices are approximate and are subject to change.

For information about camping, check out Camping in New Zealand. More information on holiday parks can be found in the Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.

More About Invercargill

That’s it for our guide to cheap long-term accommodation in Invercargill. Here’s everything else you need to know about staying in Invercargill:

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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