Backpacker Hostels in Hastings, New Zealand

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

Hastings is located in beautiful Hawke's Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. The city is a famous place for travelers on a working holiday visa, as there are many job offers for fruit picking in the summer season, as all the city is surrounded by vineyards and orchards.

But also for every other tourist, Hastings is a nice place to visit -- you can find heaps of wine tastings and walk around the city centre and have a look at the Art Deco houses. Also the farmers market on Sundays deserves a visit, it offers many fresh made and local products. In summertime you can find many fresh fruits and veggies just at the side of the road. As there are many artists located in Hawke's Bay and it's the "agricultural heart" of New Zealand, a tour of different wineries and art studios could be interesting to learn about some local stories, artists and the amazing taste of local wine.

Hastings offers a wide range of backpacker hostels that can be inexpensive on a per-night basis, or if you plan to stay long-term, there are several offers for weekly rates. Think about booking your Hastings hostel or accommodation in advance, as in the summer season it can be challenging to find a place to stay at the last minute. For people planning to work in Hastings, another option for finding cheap accommodations are the information boards in the supermarkets, as there are many share flats or rooms for rent offered.

In around twenty minutes by car, you can reach the neighboring city of Napier, which is also worth seeing, as it is right on the beach and has the cute Art Deco houses in the city centre. Also here are many different hostels -- if you struggle to find some in Hastings, this might be an alternative option for you.

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FAQ about Hastings Hostels

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Your Packing List for Hastings

Your Packing List for Hastings

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Hastings 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 Hastings, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
Most Hastings hostels are located in
Hawkes Bay
7.6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Napier (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Taihape (90 Km / 56 mi.)
Whanganui (103 Km / 64 mi.)
Turangi (115 Km / 71 mi.)
Tongariro National Park (117 Km / 73 mi.)
Taupo (125 Km / 78 mi.)
Ohakune (127 Km / 79 mi.)

Travel Tips for Hastings - 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 Hastings. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Hastings. 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!

Yes, im coming back to work in Hasting again this october...time passed so fast that its almost 5 years since i came back to my country and still the memories of staying in hasting before had never gotten out of my mind, so im ready to go again. A good place to stay. A peaceful environment. A friendly neighbourhood. Not much entertainment but it aint boring. Overall I Love Hasting.


There is lots of seasonal work, but mostly in November and February to April; at other times there is not much work. There is nice, sunny weather and friendly people.


There is a good side of living in Hastings, when one can save a lot of money and work in the vineyards or packhouses -- you can earn and save.


Hastings is known throughout the world as a place to avoid. I stayed for a few days and it lived up to its claimed reputation. It is backward with a railway line running through the middle of the CBD. The native population are known for there ability to steal anything not padlocked down. The orchards/vineyards are filled with thieves, so look out if you have any cash on your person.

David Morgan

Hastings has lots of work, especially during the fruits season like the apple thinning, grapes pruning/picking/harvesting season, or maybe you can try the indoor work like working in a packhouse (apples, blueberry, pumpkin, carrot/tomatoes, and many more depending on the fruit season). The work is rated per hourly. There are many work agencies in Hastings that could help you to find a job there if you are interested in earning yourself some pocket money to go on the next journey, so you don't have to worry about "What am I going to do -- I'm almost broke and won't be able to move on my trip."


Although Hasting is quite a small city, you can find anything around you -- shopping centre (Pak N Save etc), banks, post office, backpackers, and many more to your convenience.


Some call Hastings the fruit bowl and it's easy to get a job there.


Hastings is seven hours from the city of Auckland, but I never felt the tiredness traveling all the way down there. In fact I enjoyed every minute watching the view and scenery all along. In Hastings, there is lots of work -- either outside or indoor jobs. Working under the sun is really so enjoyable -- at the orchard jobs, the time passed so quickly that I didn't notice that it was time to go home. The indoor work at packhouse is not outside under the shining sun, and it's quite boring doing the same work at the machine every day. No matter what, I will go back to Hastings again -- it has sort of sweet memories for me.


Hastings has a very peaceful and quiet environment and anyone there could also find themselves some enjoyable work, like apple picking or grape harvesting. It's so enjoyable to mix around with so many people from all over the world and yet at the same time we can earn some money.


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