Backpacker Hostels in Whangarei, New Zealand

4 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $4 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Whangarei

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"…The hostel is located off a main road on the north side of the river. It can be difficult to find, especially in the dark, as it's a ways up a twisting residential road. You'll stop along the way … More
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"…Summary We found the owners to be a fountain of knowledge for both the local area and further afield in New Zealand; while they can book other tourist trips for you, they are never pushy to … More
"…In the hostel you live with the elderly couple under one roof. In my opinion they can not clean the Hostel alone. It was very dirty. Everywhere, there were dog hairs, even in my bed. In the … More
"…Check in 13:30 - 20:00 Check out 06:00 - 11:00 Children cannot be accommodated. There is no capacity for extra beds in the room." …"We are within 300 meters of the main bus stops.. The … More

Backpacker Hostels in Whangarei, New Zealand

4 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $9 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Whangarei (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 Whangarei.

The city of Whangarei in itself isn't a big attraction and for a lot of people just a refueling and stocking up spot on their way to the Bay of Islands or even further up north. It kind of has a weird traffic layout with a lot of one-ways, no turns and such, so getting lost here is almost a standard procedure for drivers. The city is also the drug and crime capital of New Zealand, with gang violence and car theft being a constant occurrence. Add to that a less than attractive cityscape and you will understand why tourism isn't a big deal here. There are a few sights within the city but what most travelers come for is in its surroundings -- lovely walking tracks, unexplored cave systems, and some attractions for bird lovers. Apart from sights, this town offers guests of Whangarei hostels all the amenities one of its size usually offers -- supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, shops, hospital. There is also quite an extensive bar scene. Beware of bar fights though.

The Whangarei hostel selection is understandably minimal, due to the above mentioned reasons. There isn't really anything in the town centre. Budget options are scattered in all directions away from town with the closest and most longstanding one being the YHA, which is nestled in the hills across the river. Most people with wheels prefer one of the quieter budget stays a few kilometers from town. In contrast to the city itself, all hostels are small, well kept, affordable, and hardly give reason for complaints.

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Whangarei 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 Whangarei, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 4
Most Whangarei hostels are located in Whareora
Average rating of all hostels 5.8

FAQ about Whangarei Hostels

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

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Travel Tips for Whangarei - from the Community

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