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Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and resides on the southwest corner of the north island, on the beach of Cook Bay which separates the north and south islands from each other. With about 450,000 people, Wellington area is the third-most populous in New Zealand, with the city area itself being home to about 180,000 people, not to mention a wide selection of Wellington hostels.
Wellington is often referred to as the art & culture capital of New Zealand. The i-Site visitor information centre at Civic Square is a good source of information about all the sights and activities around the city. Your Wellington hostel's reception person should also have activities to recommend.
Wellington is served by an airport and hosts the ferry service to the city of Picton in the south island, which is a very common way to travel between islands, especially if you have your own car (or a rental). There is also a good choice of bus services and passes connecting to other cities in the north island.
Hostels in Wellington are a bit scattered around but almost all of them are in the inner city area. The quality of Wellington hostels is generally very good, as in most other places in New Zealand.
Eating out in Wellington is a good choice: the options are more than plentiful, the quality is good and the prices are reasonable. The Botanic Gardens is also something to see, maybe for a sunny day stroll or a picnic. The city also has a vibrant nightlife if you feel like going out for some before you return to your Wellington hostel.
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Lodge in the City
"Lodge in the City is a BBH hostel just a short ways from Courtenay Place. It's inexpensive with comfortable beds, but certain inconveniences keep it from being a top-notch hostel. The Location If you're coming from the bus station, head down Waterloo Quay; where it forks, turn right onto Taranaki Street. The hostel is at the intersection of Taranaki and Vivian, about a twenty-minute walk from the railway station. It's near Courtenay...
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
"Downtown Wellington Backpackers is housed in a beautiful Art Deco building -- it was formerly a proper hotel and still retains a lot of it's charm (the facade and the inside are kept in style). The Location We found the hostel to be super conveniently located directly opposite the train station and the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal (to the Interislander terminal one has to take the shuttle bus from the train station). Some people complain...
"Moana Lodge is a clean and friendly budget hostel located in Plimmerton Beach, about thirty kilometers from Wellington. It offers several room types -- single, double, twin, four-bed -- all with shared bathroom facilities. The ground floor hosts a large sociable kitchen, homey dining room, and spacious, sea view common area (with separate entertainment kitchen). The bedrooms on the first floor offer beautiful views of Plimmerton Beach and the...
"Worldwide Backpacker sits on Terrace Street, just 5 minutes up the hill from the main center of Wellington. It's close enough to be near the action, but far enough to avoid the noise of Cuba Street. It is a 15 minute walk to the train station. Although it could be considered a medium sized hostel, it never felt crowded or too busy. The dorm rooms are clean and cozy, albeit a bit cramped at times. Outside there are several chairs and...
Base Wellington Backpackers
"Base Wellington is a funky place. The reception area is bright and cheerful with a cafe, internet access with the ability to print digital photos, and even a tank of turtles! The dorms are spacious and clean and this is one place where the bunk beds don't wobble or squeek (yet!). The communal areas are all bright and tidy. The bathrooms are spotless and even feature disinfectant wipes to clean the loo seat before use! The girls' bathrooms...
"Located near to TePapa (the national museum of New Zealand) in Wellington, Rosemere Backpackers offers a close place to grab a bunk for the night. The old, multi-story building is located on a steep hill. So, prepare yourself for a climb up to the building, a climb up the stairs to the reception desk, and then a climb up two more stories before you get to your room. Shopping and groceries are not far away, but it is the uphill climb that...
"HI - YHA Wellington City Hostel is a bustling six-story urban hostel. Reception is open until midnight, and common rooms are in use around the clock. The Location The hostel is within easy walking distance of Te Papa, and there's a New World supermarket right across the street. Once you're there, it's conveniently located. The difficulty lies in getting to it. If you're traveling light, you can catch a city bus from the railway or bus...
Nomads Capital Backpackers Wellington
"Nomads Capital Backpackers Wellington is a refreshing departure from your run-of-the mill hostel. Mix one-third cool café, one-third B&B, and one-third college dorm and you have this hostel. Clean and comfortable with a great location, Nomad’s is a good place to choose for your stay in Wellington. The Location If you're armed with a map, you'll have no trouble finding this hostel upon a first visit to Wellington, even though the sign is...
"Trek Global is a relatively new hostel in the heart of Wellington. Its central location and modern facilities make it a great location for exploring Wellington. The Location Trek Global is located a short, five-minute walk from the waterfront and about twenty minutes from the railway station, Oriental Bay, and Mt. Victoria. It's a bit difficult to find if you're coming from Willis Street, since the street sign is hidden by a sign...
"… and home to some great people, bars, restaurants, sights and the grounds of Parliament. We are just a stones throw away from the supermarket, tennis courts, local heated outdoor swimming pool. A couple of minutes walk to the main bus and train stations, the ferry terminals, Westpac Stadium, the Botanical gardens and the cable car. Courteney Place and Cuba Street are just a 5 minute cab ride or a 15 minute walk, so close enough to...
The Setup on Dixon
"… double, twin, and triple room types that can sleep from 1 to 3 persons. Please note that some rooms don't have windows. Rooms with windows may be available upon request, subject to availability. Standard single room with a king single bed. Shared or private bathroom with shared kitchen. Each room comes with LCD TV, bar fridge, and tea/coffee making facilities. Standard double room with a queen bed. Shared or private bathroom with...
Wild Zebra Backpackers
"Impossible to miss with its zebra-striped exterior, Wildlife House is a fantastic place to stay in the centre of Wellington. The facilities are excellent and include a travel shop, free 24 hour internet access, a small gym, spa pool and sauna, TV lounge, pool table, laundry, and a whole lot more. The rooms are clean and fairly spacious - either use your own sleeping bag or hire a duvet from reception. The showers are excellent - each floor...
Rowena's City Lodge
"Oh my god ... bad - Indian run. managed by a drunk bitter old man who is abusive to guests. old and rundown with lounge mafia wannabes Steve and rob making sure guests feel unwelcome. especially women. swarms of flies in food area for one month now." … "WHERE DO I START????????? - the female receptionist, what a rude cow. smelt heavily if alcohol. OOOPs also has a beer in her hand upon checking me in ... UNPROFESSIONAL. half way up the...
Webb St Backpackers
"I only stayed here because there were no other beds available in Wellington at the time, and I moved out as soon as possible. The staff were not friendly, the kitchen was locked at night till 7am (which sucks if you have to leave early), and the overall atmosphere was dull and lifeless. The other guests were generally friendly, but the rooms were kinda crappy and the bathrooms dirty. Not the worst place I ever stayed, but definitely lacking...
"One of a kind! - I worked at Beethoven House for two months whilst traveling through New Zealand, and can say I have the happiest memories of this place. It's not like other hostels (one of the reasons I stayed there!), it's a bit dingy, sometimes a little dirty (not so much when I worked there!) and yes -- a bit strange. I loved it! If you have a wacky sense of humour, a bit eccentric, and want to stay away from the usually completely dull...
The Cambridge Hotel
"The Cambridge Hotel is a wonderful place to stay, whatever your budget may be. The backpackers is a only a small section of the larger hotel, located on one side of the ground floor. It has about 10 rooms, each holding 4-6 people, and offers very affordable backpacker rates despite being inside a nice hotel. The bathrooms and showers are always extremely clean and are actually quite beautiful – lined with gorgeous tile, silver trim,...
Te Puni Village
"Featuring free continental breakfast and a guest lounge with views of Wellington Harbour, Te Puni Village is just 350 metres from the Victoria University of Wellington. You can enjoy a cup of tea on the terrace, which features views over Wellington's city centre. All rooms are heated, and include a desk and a wardrobe. The property also offers self-contained apartments with a kitchenette or kitchen. Breakfast is served in the dining room...
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