12 Hostels in Wellington, New Zealand

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

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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


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Wellington


(Lodge in the City is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Wellington


(Base Wellington Backpackers is the best rated)

Most Wellington hostels are located in

Wellington Central, Te Aro, Mt. Victoria

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Wellington 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 Wellington for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Wellington? 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 Wellington alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Wellington. 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 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

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

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?

Find your quick answer here
FAQ about Wellington Hostels

A hostel in Wellington costs on average $15 for a dorm. A hostel in Wellington with private rooms costs on average $46.

Hostelz.com 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 and The Marion are the best rated hostels in Wellington for female solo travellers.

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

  • 2 hotels
  • 1 apartment

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

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!

I love this place! I planned to stay for six months and have been here nearly five years!


Wellington is such a great place.


Wellington is wicked. Loved it, you have to go.


Wellington comments only. Don't discuss the hostels here, post a review on the hostel's page instead.

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Your Packing List for Wellington

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:

  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.

Get your full Packing List here

Your Packing List for Wellington