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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Invercargill

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Budget Accommodation in Invercargill and Stewart Island for Backpackers

Well, this is awkward. Because there are only three backpacker hostels in Invercargill and a hotel with backpacker rooms, we figured that wouldn’t make much of a “best backpacker hostels in Invercargill” list! Because you have travelled all the way to the world’s southernmost city, you might as well hop on a ferry and visit Stewart Island too. That’s why we have included a Stewart Island hostel on our list.

While exploring the cities museums, eating Southland Cheese Rolls, sampling Bluff Oysters and seeing the “living dinosaur” with your own eyes, save some precious cents by staying in a hostel in Invercargill. Spending less money on accommodation means there’s more for the things you really care about. By the way, you could do these 10 Free or Cheap Things to do in Invercargill.

Remember, WWOOFing is always a good option to work for accommodation should you want to stay in Southland for a while. Find out more about working for accommodation in Everything You Need to Know About WWOOFing in New Zealand and 10 Lessons You’ll Only Learn When Working in a Hostel.

1. Southern Comfort Backpackers

Small yet homely, the Southern Comfort Backpackers along with its friendly hosts will make you feel right at home. This restored Victorian villa has a cute garden to hang out in, as well as being close to the city centre, Queens Park and the Southland Museum. Don’t miss these 5 Invercargill Must-Dos.

Check Southern Comfort Backpackers out:

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2. Stewart Island Backpackers (Stewart Island)

Wait a minute, this isn’t in Invercargill! Nevertheless, if you have travelled this far south, you might as well take a trip to Stewart Island. Stewart Island Backpackers is a spacious hostel open all year round on New Zealand’s third populated island. Don’t miss these 5 Stewart Island Must-Dos.

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3. Tuatara Lodge

In the heart of Invercargill, this is the perfect base for exploring the city. The super large hostel has plenty of room. The cafe on the bottom floor is a cool place to hang out.

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4. Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park

Your final option for backpacker accommodation in Invercargill is the Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park. It’s a no-brainer if you are travelling with a campervan or have a tent to make use of their camping sites and all the essential communal facilities that you would expect in a hostel. Other budget accommodation options at the holiday park include cabins, which is cheap for couples or groups.

Check Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park out:

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[CLOSED] The Grand Hotel

Steeped in history, treat yourself to a flashpacker experience in Invercargill. The Grand Hotel caters to those on a backpacker budget with four-bed share dorms and twin rooms. The Grand Hotel is also an option for people working in Invercargill and staying a little longer with some rooms at a weekly rate.

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More About Invercargill and Stewart Island for Backpackers

Now that you have found an affordable place to rest your head, check out what awesome things there are to do in Invercargill and Stewart Island.


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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