Backpackers Central Hamilton, Hamilton

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No luxury, just what you need as a backpacker.

I had a twin room. Clean, good beds. Commom kitchen was very much ok. Computers available. Limited wifi, unfortunately. Helpful staff. And parking space, even though a bit limited as well. Center of the city, close to everything.



Filthy bed sheets, mouldy bathroom, the manager was so rude to us. Stay away! It's not worth the money I paid! Needless to say, after 1 night, I went elsewhere!

Age 23 | England

Value for money

I have stayed 2 nights with my family at Backpackers central. It was nice, clean and quiet. Free wifi and carpark was excellent. Big kitchen was well equipped. We made a dinner and no problem at all. Close to the city and easy to find with green signage. I enjoyed to watching TV lying on a soft sofa at common lounge. There were everything that I needed.

Age 42 | Canada

Backpackers Central Hamilton hostel is located a ten-minute walk away from the bus station, close to the city centre. The building is big and easy to see from the street, as it has a bright green banner on it. The hostel provides free Wi-Fi and breakfast, which is a big plus from the beginning.

The Location

The hostel is quite close to the bus station, and getting to it is very easy -- just walk to the end of Bryce Street and turn left onto Victoria Street -- you will get there after a few minutes. The street is a main one, however the hostel is quiet during the night. The closest supermarket is quite far away -- there is a Kmart close to the bus station, therefore you might consider doing shopping on the way to the hostel to save yourself some walking.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are kept clean and are quite warm during the day, however they can get cold during the night -- you might need your sleeping bag. There are lockers available to use, but there are not many sockets, so you might have a problem if you want to charge a few batteries. The free Wi-Fi is also accessible in the room.

The bathrooms are spacious and there are many showers, so you don't have to worry about not being able to use one. The bathrooms are unisex, which might make some guests feel uneasy. They bathrooms are generally clean but quite cold.

Common Spaces

There are two parts in the hostel, downstairs and upstairs, both with a kitchen and a lounge. The area downstairs is quite small but well kept, with sofas to relax. There is also a water fountain, which is great for saving on buying bottled water. A great extra is the everyday free breakfast, where you can have cereals, toast, and jam. There is also free tea, coffee, and sugar for guests to use any time.

The lounge and kitchen upstairs are more spacious and are well equipped. There is also an outside deck, with tables and chairs and a BBQ. It is a good spot for chilling after a long day and meeting some new people. The hostel also has many books and computers, which are free to use. The reception can help with booking activities and is full of leaflets and advice on what you can do in Hamilton and around. There is also free parking space available for guests.


Backpackers Central Hamilton hostel is a good spot to stay in Hamilton. It is clean and well kept, and provides free Wi-Fi and breakfast, which are great add-ons. However, it is quite a walk away from the nearest supermarket and can get cold at times.

Marta Maria
The beds The reception The lounge downstairs The 6 bed dorm The lounge upstairs The toilet The bathroom The entrance The kitchen area upstairs Free books and a computer

I will be back. Highly Recommend.

Stayed several times while on business. Found Backpackers Central great. Quiet, clean, friendly, safe, and secure. Free WiFi not great but the manager gave me several more free vouchers, she said they were working to improve it. Love the fact I can normally get a free carpark on site. The free breakfast is basic (cerials and toast -- coffee and tea always available) but does me till dinner. Got an en suite private single room for sweet price!! Highly reccommended.

Age 55 | New Zealand

All I Need

This wasn't the fanciest hostel but it certainly was a pleasant one to stay at! Though the shared male and female bathroom for the whole hostel was a bit strange at first, it wasn't a big deal. The entire hostel is thoroughly cleaned every morning. The complimentary breakfast was fantastic for a traveler on a budget. The beds are a little squeaky, but comfortable. Staff is helpful, security is good. Location is a bit far from "hip" Victoria St but there is a free town shuttle that will take you right there. If I'm ever in Hamilton again I'll be back!

Age 22 | USA

30 dollars for nothing

Stayed there for one night, room without window, dirty bathrooms, the hostel is completely under the earth, lounge not very comfortable.


Backpackers Central Hamilton Reviews from the Web

Loved the staff and a very handy location. Thanks guys


Good place, the staff was very helpful. It would be great if the guests did their dishes and cleaned up after themselves. Their was a small minority who did not clean up after themselves like at most backpackers. Those people should be given a warning or kicked out. It is not hard to do your own dishes.


Overall I loved being there and enjoyed sharing the dorm room downstairs and creating new friends. The only flaw was man that launfry room be hella outdated, I struggled to figure out how to use the washing machines and the dryers . Other than that it's pretty cool.


Worst hostel experience of my life. Do not stay here.

Hostel has refused to provide us a refund for the horrible stay we experienced. The Hostel is currently filled with emergency housing recipients with no social support workers to help. We could not sleep due to shouting and banging on our walls from drunk and mentally unwell patrons. Staff did not come to address this so we had to leave in order to sleep elsewhere. Hostel has yet to provide any refund or respond to any email or phone calls.


Plain awful. Its dark and creepy and before I even walked in to the hostel, some men were whistling and shouting at me from a window. I then walked in and another guy came on to me. I did not feel safe AT ALL, the entrance is through a VERY DARK parking and furthermore, its outrageously expensive. I had to the stay for another night in Hamilton and for even less money, I found a decent Airbnb. Ill never come back.


Central location, very clean, nice breakfast


Friendly, good welcome



Backpackers Central Hamilton is located in the heart of Hamiltons CBD on the main street. 6 minutes of walking away from Hamilton Transport Centre. Modern, safe (24hr access with electronic swipe key), clean and affordable.

We know backpackers well so have everything they need. High-Speed unlimited WiFi, free big lockers, free car park, well-appointed kitchens, guest laundry, etc. Our backpackers' central team is always ready to provide personalized service should you need anything at all.
Your satisfaction is our goal, Arrive as guests, Leave as friends!

Cancellation must be made a full 48 hours prior to the arrival date.
Charge the first night when a guest cancel a booking within 48 hours of arrival

Please note that parking is a first come first serve basis.

No refund will be given after arrival should you alter your reserved dates or leave for any reason before your reserved departure date. We offer a free accommodation voucher for cancelled nights.
Group booking requires 10 % deposit (Non-refundable) to confirm a reservation
Full amount payments are needed 7 days before the arrival dates for group booking
We can't accept booking modification 5 days before check-in or after full payment .
Different terms & conditions may apply on special occasions.

Request $20 or your ID for key deposit when you check-in. We will return your key deposit when you check-out.
The parking is first come first served but there is plenty parking available
We reserve the right to make a charge to the guest’s credit card
No drugs, smoking and alcohol permitted on-site
Some rooms have no windows

Thank you so much.

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Location and Contact


• The Backpackers Hamilton is located on Victoria St. Just 7 minutes walk away from the Hamilton transport centre and 20 minutes away by bus or taxi from the Hamilton International Airport. If you are travelling by taxi, they are located outside the domestic and international terminals and cost approximately NZ$50 into the city.
• If you are travelling by car, take State Highway 1 north toward Hamilton. From the Hamilton Airport, Turn left onto Airport Rd and continue along this road until you come to the intersection with State Highway 1 at Tamahere. Follow this road north until you come into the centre of Hamilton. Once in the city centre you will be on Victoria St.



Address: 846 Victoria Street (Backpackers Central Hamilton), Hamilton, New Zealand

Backpackers Central Hamilton is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Backpackers Central Hamilton Hamilton
Phone Number: +64-7 839 1928
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew


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