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8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Greymouth

7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Greymouth 🎒 [2023]

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The Best Accommodations in and Around Greymouth for Backpackers

Well, this is awkward. There are only four backpacker hostels in Greymouth, which doesn’t give you a thorough “best backpacker hostels” list! However, there are some fantastic hostels within less than a 40-minute drive that are well worth considering when exploring the Greymouth, Hokitika and Punakaiki areas of the West Coast. There’s so much to do along this section of the West Coast, that you will definitely want to split up your days between hostels.

With relaxing hostels by the sea, backpackers nestled in native forest, and quirky themed hostel accommodations in the city to give you a great base for exploration, you’ll always have something to look forward to after a day of being a badass backpacker.

So here’s what we think are the best backpacker hostels in Greymouth, Hokitika and Punakaiki! By the way, don’t miss the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Greymouth!

1. Global Village Backpackers

With global artwork around every corner, this makes for a super vibrant hostel! Make use of free kayak hire for exploring the neighbouring Lake Karoro and bike hire to explore the local area. At the end of the end, relax in the spa pool or the Finnish sauna before retreating to your chosen room, whether it’s one of the private rooms like a double, twin, triple, family or even six-person dorm, or one of the shared dorms with mixed and female-only options available. All in all, Global Village Backpackers is a top choice for backpackers in Greymouth.

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2. Noah’s Ark Backpackers

Its fun theme is one of the perks of this backpacker hostel in Greymouth. Which animal room will you end up staying in at Noah’s Ark Backpackers?! As for layouts, they have single, double, twin and triple rooms with shared facilities, as well as dorms, family rooms and tent sites. We also enjoy their free breakfast in the communal kitchen and jamming on their piano and guitars or trying something from their game selection in the lounge. For more self-catering stays, also check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Greymouth.

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3. Duke Hostel

Another colourful and characterful backpacker hostel in Greymouth, Duke Hostel offers the best hostel option for city centre convenience. With spacious common areas, a kitchen equipped with more than you need, and plenty of instruments to jam on, backpackers will enjoy the social vibe of this accommodation. As for rooms, choose from private double rooms with ensuite or shared bathrooms, dorm rooms and private bunk, single, triple and twin rooms all with shared facilities. There’s something for everyone!

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4. Brunnerton Lodge and Backpackers

Located in the Grey Valley, only an eight-minute drive from Greymouth, Brunnerton Lodge and Backpackers has a fantastic location for exploring Greymouth’s surrounding walks. Either stay in an affordable double, triple or quad room with an ensuite bathroom or a cosy double, triple and twin room with shared facilities. Any one of these private rooms is more affordable than the private rooms of Greymouth’s town-centre hostels, so they are definitely worth considering. There’s also space for campervans to park overnight and make use of the communal facilities for a small fee. Check out more cheap private rooms nearby using the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Greymouth.

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5. Mountain Jade Backpackers (Hokitika)

Just 30 minutes south of Greymouth, in the centre of Hokitika, is the Mountain Jade Backpackers. The small hostel has a sunny lounge, a newly refurbished kitchen, and welcoming hosts keen to give you recommendations and local insights. Whether you’re a solo backpacker looking for a cheap dorm or a family looking for motel-style accommodation, the Mountain Jade Backpackers is definitely worth considering. See more of the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hokitika.

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6. Te Nikau Retreat (Punakaiki)

A 40-minute drive north of Greymouth is the Te Nikau Retreat in Punakaiki. The backpackers nestled in native rainforest is like no other in New Zealand. If you love the feeling of being in the wilderness, then this is your place, whether you’re seeking a private room or dorm with shared facilities or a self-contained cottage with all the essentials at your fingertips. Accommodation is scattered throughout the rainforest property, providing lots to explore (or to hide away). See more hostels in the area in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Punakaiki.

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7. Punakaiki Beach Hostel (Punakaiki)

Not too far from the hikes, caves and Pancake Rocks and only being a 40-minute drive north of Greymouth, Punakaiki Beach Hostel is a great backpacker option on the West Coast. With a stellar beachfront location, heaps of games, an outdoor seating area, and colourful decor (not to mention, there’s so much to do in Punakaiki), you’ll probably want to stay for a few days. Where can you stay? In one of the hostel’s dorms, double or family rooms or treat yourself to ultimate privacy in the “Sunset Cottage” or funky “House Truck”.

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[CLOSED] Birdsong Accommodation (Hokitika)

Just outside the town of Hokitika and only 30 minutes away from Greymouth, Birdsong is a small and comfortable hostel that’s great for escaping towns and cities. Surrounded by bush, you’ll understand how the hostel got its name. It’s so wild it even has a “Bushman’s Bath”.

More About Hostels in Greymouth

That’s it for our list of the best hostels in Greymouth, including in the nearby Hokitika and Punakaiki. For more travel-planning success, take a look at these other Greymouth guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in the Greymouth – Guide for Backpackers or The Travel Guide to Greymouth on a Budget.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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