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 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.

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

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.
Total number of hostels 8
Average dorm price $29
Average private room price $92
Cheapest hostel in Wellington Nomads Capital Backpackers with $20.5
Party hostels in Wellington Nomads Capital Backpackers (1 in total)
Most Wellington hostels are located in Wellington Central, Te Aro
Average rating of all hostels 6.9

FAQ about Wellington Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Wellington. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Wellington costs $29 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Wellington costs $92. (based on price comparison)
The only website listing all 8 Hostels in Wellington is We are a specialized hostel price comparison.
The Marion is the best hostel in Wellington for couples.
The D is the best hostel in Wellington for families.
Yha Wellington is the best hostel in Wellington for groups.
The Marion and The D are the best rated hostels in Wellington for female solo travellers. compares prices for 8 hostels in Wellington, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Wellington such as
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5 Hostels in Wellington with Private Rooms

5 Hostels in Wellington with Private Rooms

4 Best Hostels in Wellington

4 Best Hostels in Wellington

6 Cheapest Hostels in Wellington

6 Cheapest Hostels in Wellington

Other Nearby Cities

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.)
Rai Valley (100 Km / 62 mi.)

Travel Tips for Wellington - from the Community

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