42b College House Backpackers, Wanganui

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42b College House Backpackers is a family-owned hostel in Wanganui. This former school hostel building has now been turned into a backpackers by the German owners.

The Location

42b College House Backpackers is located in a residential neighborhood of Wanganui, close to the city center. The main street with supermarkets, shops, and restaurants is within walking distance, as are some parks and the river. The beach is a bit further and youll need some form of transport to get there. There are several off-street parking spots available. The hostel is easy to find and has a few signs outside on the building.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are both private rooms and dorm rooms available. The big dorm has nine beds and there are also some smaller dorms. The rooms are spacious and have a combination of bunk beds and single beds. Every bed has a small table and chair next to it, which is a great place to put some of your stuff. The beds are made up with clean linen and they are quite comfortable. In summer, the rooms get hot and there are a lot of flies everywhere.

There are a few shared bathrooms. When we visited, the toilets were clean, but the showers were not. The showers are ok; they have warm water, and enough hooks for clothes, but no shelf for shampoo.

Common Spaces

42b College House Backpackers has a big kitchen, dining room, garden, and a TV room. The kitchen has some industrial equipment (leftover from when this was a school hostel) and lots of kitchen equipment. Everything is clean and there is enough space. There are free spices available. The dining room has a book exchange, some board and card games, and table tennis. The room is big, but not very cozy, so its not used a lot. The TV room has comfy couches and is a much better place to hang out than the dining room. There are DVDs available and there is a piano. The pool table is probably the worst pool table in the Southern Hemisphere, but its free to play. There is a big garden, which is lovely. It has enough places to sit or sunbathe. There are some animals around, which are cute during the day, but they make a lot of noise early in the morning.

Laundry is available against a fee. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, but it is so slow that it is almost more frustrating than not having any Wi-Fi at all. The whole building is a bit rundown and there is still a lot of work to do to make this a real quality hostel. The atmosphere is alright. The owners are friendly and it is easy to meet other backpackers.


This is an average hostel. The building could use some fresh paint and a new pool table, but the beds are comfortable and the common rooms are alright. The location is good and the owners friendly, so its definitely not a bad choice if you want to stay a night or two in Wanganui.

Hostel building Reception Lounge / living room Kitchen Dining room Garden Dorm Bathroom Laundry room

Great place to visit

Staff is helpful. Room is clean. Price is good. Deer is cute.

Age 31 | Hong Kong

Loved my visit!

The staff are super friendly, flexible and willing to help out with any situation or need. Good humoured and helpful people, a place close to town, fun and an all round enjoyable environment. Loved my time here getting to know both the staff and the animals!

Age 19 | New Zealand


great place and friendly people.

Age 41 | Czech


The best hostel in NZ so far ... Super friendly staff with great local knowledge, excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities and awesome garden area to relax in the sun. Great lounge with pool table and table tennis and comfortable beds!

Age 30 | New Zealand


42b College House is centrally located in the heart of the city. It was built and owned by a Wanganui celebrity some 80 years ago. For more than a decade it served as accommodation facility for a High School with a large kitchen, social areas and a huge dining room. In this period it got the name "College House".
Now 42b College House is spacious and nicely restored preserving the traditional character and architecture of an extraordinary and beautiful building.

Our highlights are:

- Comfortable made beds with bedding and linen
- Small size of dorms
- Free 100MB Wi-Fi Voucher and Internet lounge

- Social recreation area with table tennis, pool table, piano and games
- A lovely garden area with native plants and BBQ facilities that invites you to dine outside
- A very large kitchen with all facilities required for great cooking
- TV Room
- Laundry facilities

- Free off-street parking
- Late check-out at 10 am, early check-in at 1 pm

- Transport to or from the airport or the bus stop by arrangement for a small fee
- By arrangement, you can get a yummy home cooked continental breakfast for a small fee.

Perfectly located in central Wanganui. Only 600m walking distance from i-site bus stop.
Wanganui river & supermarkets are in walking distance as well.

Come to 42b College House and enjoy your stay.

Location and Contact




Address: 42b Campbell Street, Wanganui, New Zealand

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Website 42b College House Backpackers Wanganui www.42b.co.nz
Phone Number: 006421852100
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental


City Tours

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Table Tennis

Lockers in Rooms


Service Animals

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: Limited Hours


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