Backpacker Hostels in Whangarei, New Zealand

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

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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FAQ about Whangarei Hostels

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

A hostel in Whangarei costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Whangarei with private rooms costs on average $41.
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Your Packing List for Whangarei

Your Packing List for Whangarei

Pack smart, not hard

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

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.
5 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$41 Average private room price
$21 Cheapest hostel in Whangarei
The Cell Block is the cheapest
Most Whangarei hostels are located in
Glenbervie, Whareora
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Tutukaka (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Russell (55 Km / 34 mi.)
Paihia (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Kaikohe (60 Km / 37 mi.)
Kerikeri (66 Km / 41 mi.)
Hokianga (82 Km / 51 mi.)
Opononi (87 Km / 54 mi.)

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