Worldwide Backpackers, Wellington

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Worldwide Backpackers Reviews

Worldwide Backpackers is a typical city party hostel. It has some good features and depending on what you are looking for, it's either love it or hate it.

The Location

The hostel is located close to the city center -- it's just a five-minute walk to the tourist information; Cuba Street; and shops, restaurants, and bars. It's in a nice neighborhood and the hostel is easy to find as the gate in front is painted in bright colors. The train and bus stations are two kilometers away, so you'll either have to take a city bus or taxi to get to the hostel with public transport. There is no free parking available in Wellington, but you can buy a coupon in the reception of the hostel and park within five minutes' walk from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Worldwide Backpackers offers private rooms and four- and six-bed dorms. The rooms are very cramped, and in some rooms it's difficult to find space for your luggage. Where possible, they have made shelves, but still there is very little room. Overall, the rooms are clean and the beds comfortable. Bed linen is provided and included in the price. There are no lockers in the rooms, but the rooms can be locked.

There are shared bathrooms in the hallway. The showers have a few hooks, but other than that there's little space for clothes and no shelves for shampoo or soap. The bathrooms are cleaned in the morning, but can get quite dirty during the day, depending on the people around.

Common Spaces

On arrival in the hostel, you enter through the outdoor deck. This nice patio is next to a bigger road, but it still makes a good place when the weather is nice. The reception is in the same area as the kitchen and dining table. Even though the common areas look nice at first sight, it all is a bit messy and slightly dirty. The reception looks like organized chaos and the kitchen is just not very clean. Breakfast is included and consists of cereal, milk, bread, and jam. It is served from 8 a.m., but only after the receptionist has cleaned the kitchen first.

There is also a TV room, which has DVDs and a book exchange. The same chaos occurs here, with DVDs everywhere -- except in their cases. The TV room has comfortable couches and makes a great place for a drink in the evening. There is also laundry available against a fee and they offer free unlimited Wi-Fi, although it's very unstable and slow.

The atmosphere in this hostel is very social. There are some long-term guests, but they are very inclusive. In the weekends it can get quite crazy, so don't go here if you are looking for peace and quiet. The crowd here is quite young -- expect mostly backpackers who are on a gap year after high school.


Worldwide Backpackers makes a great hostel if you are looking to meet new people and party. It is not the cleanest, but the location and social atmosphere make up for that.

Hostel from the outside Patio in front of the hostel Reception with dining table Kitchen TV room 6 bed dorm 4 bed dorm Private twin room Bathroom


Booked the queen and got the double. The double room's door is directly on to the outdoor smoking area allowing you the opportunity to share other guests smoke and conversation into the early hours whether you want to or not. If you are looking for any semblance of privacy do not stay here.


What a great place!!!

Stayed here for three weeks after only intending to stay two nights. This place has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and would do anything to help. The building is historic and one of the originals in Wellington which adds to its character. I found the place to be very clean, beds comfy, and other guests friendly and welcoming. I'll be back, for sure.

Xavier Spain

My new zealand home

For anyone wanting to instantly be welcomed into a great group of people from around the world, WWB is for you. There was a great mix of both long termers and short termers to keep things fun and interesting. When I stayed, there was always something going on. By far, the best hostel I've stayed at in NZ. It really does feel like home.


Extremely poor

We arrived late at night and our room was by the sidewalk with a bed and a hole in the wall where the heater is and a board propped in front of it. The sheets and bedspread were threadbare and I am not sure how clean. Outside/inside was jammed with people drinking (free wine)/partying. The place was filthy in/out. We changed our minds. we were pointed to a phone that wasn't there if we wanted to do something different. Absolutely no help and staff left. We did find another hotel. Called the owner the next day to get a refund for the second night. The only way that I could get it back was if I personally came back, picked up the cash. Extremely rude, hung up on me twice. Would not ever recommend this place to anyone. Staff extremely rude, place filthy, very noisy because of the partying.


Give it a big miss!

Spent two nights at this hostel which had been described as boutique in an advertisement. This place is not boutique. It is bottom of the range accommodation. Showers and toilets unclean, noisy at night due to the partying on front veranda and other guests slamming doors (bed shakes with the reverberations!), have to push your way through the partying to get to door, rooms small, thin and washed out sheets and duvet cover, rooms so small you could not swing a cat. However, if you want free internet, breakfast, and are not fussed about hygiene this may be the place for you. TV room couldnt be used for watching TV as randoms sleep on the sofas etc in sleeping bags -- not sure if they are paying guests! I do not recommend this place to anyone. there was a mum and baby there last night.

New Zealand

Just been refused a room because we have a baby. We've been backpacking a lot and more specifically in New Zealand these months and it never happened.

A guy snogging his girlfriend said a backpacker is not a proper place for a baby (I think he was kind of close from being one himself). Very surprised I'm a party animal too but know how to deal with living in a community. Please don't go there, lack of management.


I stayed in this hostel in January, 2002 and somebody staying in my room actually did vomit right outside the bedroom door while on one of his many trips to the bathroom that night. He was fined $50 and I, along with my roommates received a crate of beer from one of the staff members as "compensation."


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Worldwide Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Liked: It was cheap, there was free breakfast, the first 2 nights we were upgraded to a double room as they had double booked the 3 bed dorm. Didn't like: It was cold and the dorm especially was damp, they had a dehumidifier in it before we moved in. There was no space in the form for anything and no lockers so not very secure. People don't bother to wash up their dishes so there's little to use to cook with. Not very friendly to short term guests (other hostellers, the owners were very pleasant and helpful).


After camping for 3 days we were really impressed with the large, comfy bed and size of room.


Liked: friendly staff Didn't like: not enough showers for amount of people stayinghostel boasts free wifi, which you get for three days after that it expires, okay if you stay short term but not convenient for long term stays



291 The Terrace
New Zealand. Email:
Phone: 64 4 802 5590, 0508 888 555
Your Hosts: Andrew and Wendy
Accom Type: B&B, Backpacker, Lodge,
Distances: Airport 10km, Beach 2km, Town 00, City 00
Facilities: FREE Fast Fibre WIFI, Breakfast incl ( 8am to 9am), Kitchen, , Great Atmosphere. , Small and friendly. , Central city. , Cleaned daily. , Great music. , reallly comfortable beds. , Great showers & unlimited hot water. , Heater in every room. , Large well equipped kitchen. , fastest WIFI in WELLINGTON AND FREE. , Free phone for local
Activities & Attractions: Te Papa (National Muesem). , Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. , Botanical Garden, Mt Victoria Lookout

Location and Contact


• We are situated in the central city therefore we are close to all shops, bars and tourist attractions. If you are looking for work we are central to all agencies and if you are here for tourist attractions - no problems
• CAR:Take the Terrace turnoff from the MOTORWAY and we are just up on the right.
• BUS: fro the railway station catch a bus to either Salamanca Road or Willis and Manners st - check for timetable on buses
• AIRPORT: Catch the airport flyer bus for about $9:00 they leave every 15 minutes from the airport or catch a cab
• FERRY: catch bus from Ferry - please check for bus timetable



Address: 291 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand

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Website Worldwide Backpackers Wellington
Phone Number: +64 4 802 5590
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller



Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Luggage Storage ($15)

Parking ($7:50 in coupon)

Towels ($5)

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Entirely Non-Smoking

Lockers in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am to 7:00pm ( weekend 8am to 6pm)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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