Chalet Backpackers, Dunedin

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Chalet Backpackers is a cozy hostel close to the center of the welcoming town of Dunedin. It's a choice not just for backpackers but also families and couples, where you can enjoy a peaceful stay while exploring the city, making use of its free unlimited Wi-Fi and feeling at home among its finely decorated rooms.

The Location

The three-level hostel is located a short (albeit slightly steep!) walk away from the city center. There, you can find the main tourist attractions as well as all restaurants and supermarkets. It only takes about five minutes to get down to town and around ten to reach the Otago University neighborhood.

Rooms and Bathrooms

When it comes to room variety, the hostel offers both shared bunk-bed rooms for backpackers as well as private rooms for families and couples. Both kinds of rooms are well separated, enabling good privacy for the latter. The rooms have quite comfortable two-story bunk beds and decent socket availability, although you won't get your own bed socket but rather have to share it with the others.

There are well-cleaned bathrooms in all of the levels, with individual showers always available and barely busy in general. The quality of showers is overall good, with enough space for you to change yourself in it.

Common Spaces

As the hostel is a three-story building, there's plenty of common areas where you can hang. Most importantly, though, is how beautifully decorated they are. A piano, two guitars, and a pool table -- all arranged in an old-fashioned style with the rest of the furniture -- create a lovely, well-illuminated living room right next to the entrance. This is not the only room worth mentioning; the hostel holds a quite-large dining room completed by a wall-size mural of native wildlife and a warm TV room with multiple games and movies to kill your time.

Apart from these, there is a small patio with a small beautiful garden and a table -- just in case you feel like having dinner outside, and it's not too cold! -- right next to the laundry room. The kitchen is perfectly equipped and you can easily store you own food.


Chalet Backpackers is all anybody would ask for from a hostel. It's a comfortable place where you can have a good night's sleep while feeling at home with the beautifully decorated rooms and walls -- with fancy old furniture, maps on the wall, and beautiful murals. It's definitely recommended to stay here if you're visiting the little town of Dunedin.
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Josep Casado Staff Reviewer
Published on 2019-05-21

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Enjoy the great hospitality

Chris was really helpful and accommodating. I felt welcomed and safe. My room was also tidy and comfortable. Will definitely come again if Im in the area. Thank you, Chris!

Age 33 | United States

We stayed in a double room, the room was very spacious and had a high ceiling, it was also very clean. The owners of the place are very friendly and the fact that they do your laundry and fold it for you for only $5 is just awesome, saves a lot of time! We were also provided with free towels in our room, nice to keep one's towels clean.

The kitchen is quite big and has everything you might need and the dining room is just off a long table, very easy to strike up a conversation with other housemates that way. The free pool table was also a nice bonus!


The place gives a bit of a creepy feeling when you first walk in and hear about it being a former hospital, and of course the ghost. After a few minutes though, you get to see the kitchen, lounge, pool table, and the nice little smokers' back yard, and you find out it's quite nice actually. The rooms are clean, and no bunks which is always a big plus. The only thing is it's a bit tough climbing up High Street in the middle of the night when you're drunk as a little pig. :)


Quaint place with comfortable rooms, friendly staff, a feline "manager" named Zack and rumors of a ghost. Highly recommended if you don't mind the climb up High Street.


This place freaked the hell out of me! I think it used to be a hospital or school for sick kids, or maybe even an old convent (or wherever nuns live). Either way, there are rumors of a ghost and even though I didn't see one I did get an eerie feeling walking around the downstairs at night! Brrrr. It's cool, though, with a HUGE industrial kitchen, little nooks and crannies throughout the place and neat dorm rooms that have no bunks and fit four or five people, the perfect size for socializing. I recommend it.




Chalet Backpackers Reviews from the Web

I had a great stay. Everything was fine. It was icy outside but warm inside. It suited my need of accommodation at the last moment. Thank you Chalet.


The top floor kitchen that I used is a bit "tired" and could do with a bit of TLC to make it more inviting. The kitchen would benefit from some new tea towels too! I know this is very difficult when so few people are travelling. Otherwise, everything was good and I enjoyed my stay. I was very glad of the heater in my room as it was pretty cold outside!


The place has great potential, Perhaps it was super excellent once way back in the day. But now its in need of SERIOUS DEEP cleaning and major repairs, remodeling and upgrades. Its history is special and the place could be as cool as Hogwarts but right now its a shambles. Clearly the owners are absentee and its kinda just running itself on the bare bones operational grit of the live-in manager whose doing the best he can but without the support he deserves. A sad situation. Hope it gets better.


The place is a cool old building, that's kept very clean and tidy. There's a cool atmosphere. The hostel manager is super friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!


The hostel located very handy walking distance to CBD that includes restaurants, malls, supermarkets and attractions.

High Street where the hostel located, the long slope is little bit tough.

They aren't provided guest car parking but there are limited off street parking beside the hostel.

It will be hard to find sport when peak season.


Lovely staff


Interesting old building. Pretty basic accommodation and facilities, but adequate.


Great old building, staff seemed lovely. I didn't spend much time in communal areas because I had lots of work to do but from what I can guess, hostel is full of long term males. Every time I went to the toilet, the toilet seats were up and twice I put them down to find suspicious looking brown marks on them.

Also it's a beautiful old building but be warned if you go on a windy stormy night and on the top floor literally everything rattles, from doors to windows and is pretty noisy.


I stayed at Chatel backpackers for a week the accommodation is basic. But that's reflective in the price.

Big open kitchen to cook in and Plenty of bathroom facilities.

The staff are pleasant to deal with and very helpful

I would recommend this place for people visiting Dunedin good location close to the CBD.


Ok place, stayed in a private room. Zero atmosphere


Very basic private rooms and facilities for private rooms. Very period, in that it's poorly insulated and noisy as a result.

Single run down bathroom for 4 or 5 private rooms on that floor, and toilet was ancient and worn down too. It's fine I suppose but very basic facilities, I probably wouldn't stay again.


The hostel was quiet (COVID-19), clean and functional. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The kitchen was brushed steel (easy to clean) with wooden cupboard you could use for storage. The lounge has a TV for the PS, but no Netflix or similar.


Very good place


Easy and comfy enough! Facilities all good, we stayed in a twin room. Good location and nice to have a music room to chill in.

I gave a wee mark down as the sink wasn't clean but the beds were great and the rest of the place was, too!


There was someone playing very very loud orchestra music for about 6 hours straight!!! You could hear it in the room, outside the room and in the kitchen/dining room which was down the hallway and around a corner!!

Other then that it was a nice stay, basic little room with a lock, plenty of facilities, very quiet outside the hostel.


Overall the stay wasn't bad, but the place just didn't feel clean. Double bedroom was nice, but kitchen and toilets could have been cleaner. Okay for a few days.



Historic former hospital with lovely views of the city, harbour and peninsula, a short walk from the main street and city centre. Rooms are peaceful and spacious with excellent, unlimited, fibre optic WIFI. Alcohol restricted to the bottom floor in our pool table lounge and dining room. There is a sheltered but sunny courtyard with herb garden and compost system. The upstairs lounge is beautifully sunny and filled with books and games. Being a former hospital, most rooms have taps and sinks and there are plenty of bathroom facilities.

All linen is included, all rooms have heaters and are lockable. The building has a door code lock for 24 hour access.
There's complimentary tea and coffee in our large well-equipped kitchen.

Location and Contact



Address: 296 High Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

Chalet Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Chalet Backpackers Dunedin
Phone Number: +6434792075
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Luggage Storage

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table


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