Backpacker Hostels in Akaroa, New Zealand

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Get to know Akaroa (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Akaroa. To help you make friends with Akaroa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Akaroa is a small peninsula a little over an hour outside of Christchurch that offers beautiful ocean views, a small-town feel, and a great alternative to staying in the city. The town is popular with anyone looking for relaxing but particularly families and retired people who take their boats out on sunny afternoons to look for dolphins or who stroll along the sidewalks looking for a nice place to have a glass of wine. Akaroa offers a very relaxing atmosphere and plenty of quiet walking tracks and bike trails as well as nice cafes, art galleries, and historical architecture.

Since it is small and quaint, there are only a few choices for hostels in Akaroa, but the hostels offer unique accommodation options and the welcoming owners will make you instantly feel at home. While staying in an Akaroa hostel, you can get a feel for local life, spending a morning fishing by the ocean or even staying on a local farm.

The cafes and restaurants in Akaroa are wonderful and many use ingredients from local farms. There are plenty of places to sit and watch the ocean while enjoying a coffee, beer, local fish and chips or a fancy dinner, depending on your budget and tastes. If you really love local food, you can take a farm tour to taste local cheese and olives or visit the local winery. You can spend your afternoons wandering in and out of art galleries and shops or meandering along hiking trails nearby. The natural beauty of the surrounding hills and ocean are worth exploring where you can find the largest penguin colony in New Zealand, as well as dolphin cruises and sea kayaking adventures. The beautiful quaint town of Akaroa is the perfect getaway from the city and a great destination for hiking and water adventures or leisurely wandering, or eating and drinking in a beautifully natural setting.

Written by local enthusiast for Akaroa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Akaroa hostels Amanda Haehl

FAQ about Akaroa Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Akaroa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Akaroa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 3 Hostels in Akaroa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Akaroa

Your Packing List for Akaroa

Pack smart, not hard


Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Akaroa and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Akaroa Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Akaroa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
1 Party hostels in Akaroa
Akaroa Backpackers is the best rated
Most Akaroa hostels are located in
Banks Peninsula
8.3 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Akaroa - from the Community

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