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 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.
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.