Backpacker Hostels in Dunedin, New Zealand

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Get to know Dunedin (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 Dunedin. To help you make friends with Dunedin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Dunedin -- the city of the student! It's full of life, friendly people, alternative nightlife, cheap eats, and touristy stuff, too! The city layout centering around the Octagon, a huge eight-edge roundabout, makes orientation rather easy. That's for inner city walking only, though; suburbs and the way to and from the highway can be a real mess. It would be a shame, though, to just stick to the centre as student life and its outgrowth have created in joints all over town. And it is also really worth taking a day or two to leave your Dunedin hostel to have a wander through some of the pretty neighbourhoods that dot the hills. There's also plenty of beautiful countrysides to explore on the Otago Peninsula, including some stunning wildlife such as the yellow-eyed penguins or sea lions. Being a student town, the general price level of eateries and all small things shoplike is comparatively low.

Hostels in Dunedin are abundant for a city of its size and are found scattered around the centre and adjoining neighbourhoods, though there are few options a bit further away. So far Dunedin has luckily been spared by the spread of sterile hostel chains. Thus it's immensely easy to find a hostel with a very special charm or history to it. There are those placed in old villas still retaining their historic air, there is one set in an old hospital, some set in family-homes in purely residential neighbourhoods, and even one in a former bishop's residence. When choosing your Dunedin hostel, you might also want to consider whether the place has a view, as there are some that offer quite lovely vistas of the surrounding sea and hills.

Written by local enthusiast for Dunedin hostels

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FAQ about Dunedin Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Dunedin. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Dunedin. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Dunedin costs on average $18 for a dorm. A hostel in Dunedin with private rooms costs on average $48. shows all 12 Hostels in Dunedin. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 12 hostels in Dunedin, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Dunedin such as
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Your Packing List for Dunedin

Your Packing List for Dunedin

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dunedin 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.

Get your full Packing List here

Dunedin 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 Dunedin, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$18 Average dorm price
$48 Average private room price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Dunedin
Manor House Backpackers is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Dunedin
On Top Backpackers is the best rated
Most Dunedin hostels are located in
Corner Moary Place and Filleul Street
7.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Oturehua (107 Km / 67 mi.)
Alexandra (112 Km / 70 mi.)
Cromwell (138 Km / 86 mi.)

Travel Tips for Dunedin - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Dunedin. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Dunedin. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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