The Dwellington, Wellington

Wellington Central
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The Dwellington is definitely one of the good ones -- the modern, tidy, and well-kept places you experience during your travels that feel a little bit like home (if you are used to a clean and organized environment). Still, it's not the best one we've seen on this planet so far, but you can absolutely enjoy the common area and also the spacious dorms.

The Location

The hostel is located in a more historic area of Wellington, near all the government and embassy buildings (right next to the embassy of the U.S.). You can walk to the cable car or the Botanic Gardens (lower end) in about twenty minutes. To the city, it takes maybe a little bit longer, but it's still fine for a hostel location. It is very close to the train and InterCity stop and the Interislander Ferry. In terms of shopping and services the location is perfect, since the quite cheap and big New World supermarket is right across the street and there are also banks and all that you need. Parking space in front of the house is limited. If you're traveling with a bicycle, they provide a safe parking space behind the building.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are locked with cards (as do modern hotels in our time), which is quite practical, since you can easily store them in your purse. There are no in room lockers provided and the insulation of the rooms is typical New Zealand (quite bad), so you should pack some earplugs, especially if you sleep in room one right next to the kitchen and the big TV room. The beds are made out of wood and provide a shelf and a power slot for everybody. The bathrooms are kept quite tidy, and are in a modern shape -- as is the whole hostel. The dorm rooms are quite spacious by the way, so there is enough space to put your bags and personal belongings.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is really nice looking and well equipped with herbs and cleaning equipment (only the pans could be much better), but since there are three stoves and ovens available, it's possible to work that out. But there is no microwave, which might be healthier for some people, but still is pretty uncommon for a hostel. In the TV room, you can find games as well and in the kitchen are also sofas to provide some place to sit. It's not a big party hostel, but there are plenty of options to socialize and sit together on the inside and outside. Free breakfast is provided from 8 to 10 a.m., which consists of two types of milk and peanut butter, four jams, two sorts of cereals and bread (also whole grain).


It's a hostel you'd like to stay in, since there are spacious rooms, areas to socialize, and free breakfast and Wi-Fi (which is not the best, as in nearly all over New Zealand).

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The Dwellington is brand new, with a stylish twist on a backpackers hostel. We guarantee you won't have stayed in a hostel as luxurious as this anywhere in New Zealand. Over half of the Dwellington is dedicated to common areas, including the chef's style kitchen, the impressive 5 meter long Redwood dining table that overlooks the tennis courts, table-tennis/games room, TV/DVD room, huge outdoor spaces and more...

We offer our guests FREE WiFi and FREE breakfast everyday during their stay. Reception is open until 10pm daily but we can arrange to greet you if you're arriving later. We have a range of rooms including spacious private double's, twins, triples, 4 bed dorms, a girls dorm and a generous 8 bed dorm.
The friendly staff can help with booking local activities and onward journeys including the Inter islander and Bluebridge Ferries.

The Dwellington is located in historic Thorndon, one of Wellingtons oldest suburbs and home to some great people, bars, restaurants, sights and the grounds of Parliament.
We are just a stones throw away from the supermarket, tennis courts, local heated outdoor swimming pool. A couple of minutes walk to the main bus and train stations, the ferry terminals, Westpac Stadium, the Botanical gardens and the cable car.
Courteney Place and Cuba Street are just a 5 minute cab ride or a 15 minute walk, so close enough to enjoy the hustle and bustle or the night life that Wellington has to offer but our peaceful location makes for a relaxing stay.

The Dwellington is at 8 Halswell Street, Thorndon, Wellington, 6011

If you are driving: You will arrive in Wellington on the State highway 1 motorway, Take the second off ramp (Murphy Street exit) and Halswell Street is the first on your left. The Dwellington will be straight in front of you.

If you are on a Train or Bus: Hop off at Wellington central station (the end of the line). Follow the signs to the bus station, once you're out of the underground tunnel, turn right and head for the Thistle Inn pub, You're now heading against the traffic up Mulgrave Street (which turns into Murphy Street). Keep walking up for about 5 minutes. Take a right onto Halswell Street and the Dwellington will be straight in front of you.

If you are traveling by Ferry:
If you give us 24 hrs notice we can pick you up.
Interislander: about a 15 minute walk or a bus and a walk:
Bluebridge: Walk across Waterloo Quay to the Train station and follow the directions above.

From the Airport:
Hop on the airport flyer bus which leaves every 10-20min from the Airport. Ask the driver for the Molesworth street (New World) stop. Walk through or around New World, across Murphy street and head for Halswell Street. The Dwellington is 8 Halswell St.

Location and Contact




Address: 8 Halswell Street, Thorndon, Wellington Central, Wellington, New Zealand

The Dwellington is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website The Dwellington Wellington
Phone Number: 0064273482258 / 0064279318165
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Facilities and Amenities


Family-Friendly Hostel

Female Solo Traveller

Quiet Rest



Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Themed Dinner Nights

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 65

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 1

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 - 22:00

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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