8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Napier & Hastings
8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Napier & Hastings

6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Napier & Hastings

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Budget Accommodation in Napier and Hastings for Backpackers

With plenty of sun, biking and hiking trails, beaches and work opportunities, no wonder so many backpackers love Napier and Hastings. The Hawke’s Bay cities cater to us budget travellers with plenty of places to stay for an affordable price. So that you know your options, here are some of the best backpacker hostels in Napier and Hastings.

Because of the seasonal work opportunities in the horticulture and viticulture industry in Hawke’s Bay, many of the hostels offer weekly rates giving you another option for long-term stay in Napier and Hastings. They may even be able to assist you in your job search.

So here it is, these are the hostels that we believe are your best options in Napier and Hastings! By the way, have you tried these Top 10 Natural Attractions in Hawke’s Bay?

1. Stables Lodge Backpackers

Stables Lodge is an ultra-modern hostel in Napier. With hammocks, an outside courtyard, guitars on hand, Spotify and thousands of movies to choose from, you’re likely to have a comfortable and entertaining stay. The hosts are keen to help people have a good time in Hawke’s Bay, as well as help people with finding work.

Check Stables Lodge Backpackers out:

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2. Archies Bunker

With a super location nearby to Napier’s attractions, such as the beach, art gallery and town centre, you can’t really go wrong with Archies Bunker. It is a good option for long-termers working in the area, as they can provide you with help and offer long-term rates, as well as people looking for a quick and convenient stay.

Check Archies Bunker out:

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3. The Art House Backpackers

As the name suggests, this a backpacker hostel with a funky arty theme with the walls are covered in colourful murals. Soak in the Hawke’s Bay sun in their outdoor seating area or take in the ocean views.

Check The Art House Backpackers out:

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4. Toad Hall Backpackers

Toad Hall or “Toadies” is a great option for seasonal stays and short stays. Enjoy some nice treats in their free continental breakfast, as well as their courtyard and roof terrace with a quirky design.

Check Toad Hall Backpackers out:

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5. Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

Situated in the grand historic Criterion Hotel, this Spanish Mission/art deco style building is one of the most photographed in Napier. Free continental breakfast and WiFi are always a plus, but a lot of backpackers are drawn to the spacious and historic feel to the hostel.

Check Criterion Art Deco Backpackers out:

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6. Rotten Apple Backpackers

Stay in the city centre of Hastings and get help finding work with the Rotten Apple Backpackers. This colourful hostel with a social atmosphere has all the essentials for a quick stay or long-term stay in Hastings. The team can assist in finding work and even help with IRD numbers, bank accounts and all that nitty-gritty. Plus, this BBH hostel puts on some hostel events throughout the week.

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[CLOSED] A1 Backpackers

A1 Backpackers is a convenient base for exploring the city of Hastings or finding work in the Hawke’s Bay area. It is located near the PickNZ office, Post Shop, banks, pharmacy, shops and bus stops.

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[CLOSED] Portside Inn Backpackers

Ideal for those travelling in a campervan, the Portside Inn offers powered sites, as well as backpacker dorm rooms. Get a refreshing view of the port side, away from the hustle and bustle of Napier city centre. This hostel is located in the suburb of Ahuriri.

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Now You Have Found Your Hostels in Napier and Hastings …

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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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