Backpacker Hostels in Waiheke Island, New Zealand

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

Waiheke Island is a popular vacation island off the coast of the North Island, New Zealand in the Hauraki Gulf. It is a forty minute ferry ride from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Waiheke is known for its many wineries and white sand beaches. Its proximity to Auckland means that its a great day trip, but there is plenty of accommodation for people wanting to stay longer.

The easiest way to get to Waiheke is via the high speed ferry, which leaves from Auckland’s ferry terminal in the city centre. The passenger ferry docks in Matiatia Bay and there are buses to get you around the island. They make stops near most of the wineries. There is are two car ferries as well, if you want a car on the island. They depart half Moon Bay and Wynyard Quarter, Auckland and arrive at Kennedy Point, Waiheke.

Waiheke Island is the third most populous island in New Zealand after the North and South islands, with nearly 9,000 permanent residents and around 4,000 with holiday homes there, not to mention the seasonal locals that come out to work each summer (but aren’t resident). With so many people, it’s no wonder that Waiheke has a bunch of different hostels and guesthouses. Most of them are close to the ferry dock in Matiatia or near Oneroa. Hostels in New Zealand are traditional backpacker hostels and often full, especially in the summer. Waiheke is a very popular spot; don’t assume that you’ll be able to get a hostel on arrival, you should book in advance.

The rich volcanic make up of Waiheke means that its perfect for growing grapes, olives, hops, and fruit. There are over 25 wineries, breweries, cideries, and orchards on Waiheke. If you need to take a break between drinking, head for one of Waiheke’s beaches to swim, surf, snorkel, or scuba. And, at the end of the day, tuck into dinner in Oneroa or Onetangi Bay.

Written by local enthusiast for Waiheke Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Waiheke Island hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Waiheke Island Hostels

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

A hostel in Waiheke Island costs on average $26 for a dorm. A hostel in Waiheke Island with private rooms costs on average $81. shows all 2 Hostels in Waiheke Island. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 2 hostels in Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

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Your Packing List for Waiheke Island

Your Packing List for Waiheke Island

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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:

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Waiheke Island 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 Waiheke Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
$26 Average dorm price
$81 Average private room price
$23 Cheapest hostel in Waiheke Island
Waiheke Backpackers Hostel is the cheapest
8.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Thames (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Kuaotunu (57 Km / 36 mi.)
Piha (59 Km / 37 mi.)

Travel Tips for Waiheke Island - from the Community

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