Backpacker Hostels in Wellington, New Zealand

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

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and resides on the southwest corner of the north island, on the beach of Cook Bay which separates the north and south islands from each other. With about 450,000 people, Wellington area is the third-most populous in New Zealand, with the city area itself being home to about 180,000 people, not to mention a wide selection of Wellington hostels.

Wellington is often referred to as the art & culture capital of New Zealand. The i-Site visitor information centre at Civic Square is a good source of information about all the sights and activities around the city. Your Wellington hostel's reception person should also have activities to recommend.

Wellington is served by an airport and hosts the ferry service to the city of Picton in the south island, which is a very common way to travel between islands, especially if you have your own car (or a rental). There is also a good choice of bus services and passes connecting to other cities in the north island.

Hostels in Wellington are a bit scattered around but almost all of them are in the inner city area. The quality of Wellington hostels is generally very good, as in most other places in New Zealand.

Eating out in Wellington is a good choice: the options are more than plentiful, the quality is good and the prices are reasonable. The Botanic Gardens is also something to see, maybe for a sunny day stroll or a picnic. The city also has a vibrant nightlife if you feel like going out for some before you return to your Wellington hostel.

Written by local enthusiast for Wellington hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Wellington hostels Miika

FAQ about Wellington Hostels

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

A hostel in Wellington costs on average $24 for a dorm. A hostel in Wellington with private rooms costs on average $78. shows all 12 Hostels in Wellington. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
The Dwellington is the best hostel in Wellington for couples.
The Dwellington is the best hostel in Wellington for families.
YHA Wellington is the best hostel in Wellington for groups.
The Dwellington is the best rated hostel in Wellington for female solo travellers. compares prices for 12 hostels in Wellington, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Wellington such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Wellington.

Your Packing List for Wellington

Your Packing List for Wellington

Pack smart, not hard

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

Wellington 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 Wellington, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$78 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Wellington
2 Party hostels in Wellington
Base Wellington Backpackers is the best rated
Most Wellington hostels are located in
Wellington Central, Te Aro
6.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Plimmerton (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Marlborough Sounds (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Picton (64 Km / 40 mi.)
Kenepuru Sounds (71 Km / 44 mi.)
Blenheim (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Anakiwa (73 Km / 46 mi.)
Havelock (84 Km / 52 mi.)

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