12 Hostels in Dunedin, New Zealand

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Dunedin, New Zealand. You can choose from 12 Dunedin hostels. In total, there are 15 cheap places to stay in Dunedin such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $17 for a dorm.

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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.

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Average dorm price


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Cheapest hostel in Dunedin


(Chalet Backpackers is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Dunedin


(On Top Backpackers is the best rated)

Most Dunedin hostels are located in

Corner Moary Place and Filleul Street

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Dunedin for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Dunedin for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Dunedin? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Dunedin alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Dunedin. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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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Owaka Owaka (91 Km / 56 mi.)
Oamaru Oamaru (94 Km / 58 mi.)
Oturehua Oturehua (107 Km / 67 mi.)
Alexandra Alexandra (112 Km / 70 mi.)

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?

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FAQ about Dunedin Hostels

A hostel in Dunedin costs on average $17 for a dorm. A hostel in Dunedin with private rooms costs on average $47.

Hostelz.com shows all 12 Hostels in Dunedin. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Chalet Backpackers is the best hostel in Dunedin for families.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 12 hostels in Dunedin, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Dunedin such as

  • 1 hotel
  • 1 guesthouse
  • 1 apartment

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Dunedin.

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!

Cadbury World is a definite to visit, to see how they make the chocolate and get lots of samples ... yummy!

Nicki Turnbull

Dunedin is a great city, full of atmosphere and interesting corners. Don't miss the Otago Museum and especially the Royal Albatross Center.


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Your Packing List for Dunedin

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:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

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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Your Packing List for Dunedin