Best Places for Backpackers in New Zealand.

Enjoy backpacking around New Zealand without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in New Zealand.

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Top 50 hostels in New Zealand.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in New Zealand.

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Oxford Queenette Backpackers

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Oxford Queenette Backpackers

Oxford Queenette Backpackers, OQB, is a budget hostel and backpacker accommodation in the picturesque town of Oxford at the edge of the Canterbury plains on South Island, New Zealand. OQB is a small and cosy family-run and owner-operated hostel situated in the heart of the country township of Oxf...
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Purple Hen Country Lodge

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Purple Hen Country Lodge

Purple Hen Country Lodge offers a relaxed, peaceful, quiet location. Our tranquil 5 hectare property is nestled in the lower Kaimai ranges just 5 minutes away from Katikati. We have a purpose-built bunkhouse with 4 bedrooms (each sleeping up to 4 people), 4 shower rooms and 4 toilets. There is...
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Lake Maraetai Lodge

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Lake Maraetai Lodge

Situated in the heart of the North Island, Mangakino borders the western shores of Lake Maraetai on the Waikato River. Lake Maraetai Lodge is set in a quiet street with views across the village to the lake, and a forest backdrop. The Lodge offers guests a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, laundry fac...
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The Wakatu Hotel

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The Wakatu Hotel

A true colonial pub in the heart of Nelson. This friendly place is a great base from which to explore the Nelson region. Our clean, tidy rooms are value for money and we pride ourselves on making our guests feel welcome. ROOMS We have 19 clean, tidy rooms to suit every travelers budget. Guests c...
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Seagulls Guesthouse

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Seagulls Guesthouse

We are the perfect place if you are an independent traveller wanting more for your money. Seagulls is the genuine 'flashpacker' accommodation that is located in a quiet street and an easy walk to the beaches and shops. Our 14 bedroom guesthouse offers your own double or twin room with either en suit...
Seagulls Guesthouse is a hostel in Mount Maunganui. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Adventure Q2 Hostel

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Adventure Q2 Hostel

Welcome to Adventure Q2 Hostel. Catering to young independent travellers from around the world we offer mostly shared room accommodation and run in-house activities most nights a week to make it easy to meet new people from around the world. Our beds are custom designed timber bunks with com...
Adventure Q2 Hostel is a hostel in Queenstown. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hanmer Backpackers

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Hanmer Backpackers

Hanmer Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in beautiful Hanmer Springs. Our hostel is a small, cozy, friendly and warm Swiss chalet style backpackers providing excellent accommodation and service at low prices. We are the most affordable accommodation provider in Hanmer Springs for the...
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Somersal B&B

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Somersal B&B

Somersal has available four queen bedrooms (sleeps up to 10) with views out onto the garden or towards the mountain. The Master Queen & Deluxe Queen bedrooms have en suites, while the other two Queen bedrooms share a bathroom with separate shower and toilet. In the morning you'll wake to your...
Somersal B&B is a guesthouse in Waitomo. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Fellworth House for Solo Travellers

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Fellworth House for Solo Travellers

Fellworth House is an accommodation venue situated on the lower hills above Nelson City. This elegant two-storey wooden house is built in the ornate Victorian Italianate style, featuring exceptional architecture, gleaming native timber, and antique furniture while still offering homely single occupa...
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Braemar House B&B and YHA Hostel

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Braemar House B&B and YHA Hostel

Braemar House (built 1880) B&B and YHA Hostel is a restored historic homestead located on the banks of the Whanganui River. We have FREE unlimited high-speed wifi and provide a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets including Deluxe Private Rooms in our historic Bed and Breakfast wi...
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Adventure Queenstown Hostel

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Adventure Queenstown Hostel

Welcome to Adventure Queenstown Hostel. Catering to independent travellers from around the world we offer mostly shared room accommodation and run in-house activities 5 nights a week to make it easy to meet fellow explorers from all around the world. Our beds are solid timber bunks with comf...
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The Dwellington

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The Dwellington

The Dwellington perfectly blends the homely, the cozy and the stylish within a backpackers property. We guarantee you will not stay in a property as luxurious as this anywhere in New Zealand. Over half of the Dwellington is dedicated to common areas, including the chef's style kitchen, the impre...
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Global Village Travellers Lodge

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Global Village Travellers Lodge

Free unlimited WiFi. Central Heating.Safe off-street parking. Free to use Bicycles, Kayaks, Fishing rods, Tennis rackets, Golf clubs. Private Hot Spa, Sauna and Fitness room available at small cost (including towels). First choice Greymouth Hostel for Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. Special Deal...
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Rusty Nail Backpackers

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Rusty Nail Backpackers

Very homely and cosy space with a rustic timber appearance. There are private & shared bedrooms with shared bathrooms, a common lounge and kitchen. Outside deck with 2 picnic tables We welcome guests & are available for any information they may want to know - if we know the answers. Getting Aroun...
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Piha Beachstay

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Piha Beachstay

We are a 100% New Zealand family-owned accommodation, local's to the Waitakere area and offer a unique New Zealand homestay experience. We endeavour to be environmentally friendly to enhance our environment and to support our local community. Only 'eco-friendly' products such as ecostore laundry...
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The Marion

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The Marion

The Marion is your brand new hostel right in the heart of New Zealand’s capital, near Cuba Street and Courtenay Place, where the cultural and bohemian city life is happening.   You came to the right place if you want an unforgettable stay in New Zealand's buzzing capital. After a day of travellin...
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Superior Dunedin Apartments

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Superior Dunedin Apartments

Superior Dunedin Apartments Situated in Dunedin, 8 km from Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Superior Dunedin Apartments boasts a barbecue and terrace. Forsyth Barr Stadium is 10 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. All double glazed units have a f...
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The Gazebo Backpackers

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The Gazebo Backpackers

The Gazebo Backpackers is a home hostel offering the smaller, quieter experience while enjoying all that Golden Bay has to offer. We are closed August through September during the winter. We are centrally located in Golden Bay so that most attractions are easily reachable by foot, bike or a short...
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Foley Towers

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Foley Towers

First try Foley Towers! Fabulously friendly. Finest facilities. Free un-limited Wifi and fantastic value for independent travellers. Gorgeous gardens. Underfloor heating, lashings of hot water, loads of space. Firm beds, feather duvets. Free off-street parking and free luggage storage. NO Bunks exce...
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Adventure Inn Marahau

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Adventure Inn Marahau

Adventure Inn is a small backpackers which still has that custom New Zealand Bach (holiday home) feel to it! Situated just 300m from the beach front, and 750m from the entrance to the National Park. We have 8 bed dorm rooms, so you can relax and have a bit more comfort with out the chaos of your...
Adventure Inn Marahau is a hostel in Abel Tasman National Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Swaggers Backpackers

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Swaggers Backpackers

A home away from home. This beautiful hostel focuses on providing a safe, secure, friendly, warm and relaxing place for you to stay. We are the closest hostel to the penguins, and they can be found every night at the bottom of your street. Check the photos to see how cosy our bedrooms and living are...
Swaggers Backpackers is a hostel in Oamaru. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Halfmoon Cottage

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Halfmoon Cottage

Our guesthouse Halfmoon Cottage is a 5 bedroom villa from 1896, homelike decorated and self catering. The room is cosy and made up with linen, pillows, duvets and hot-water bottle (if needed) are provided. Halfmoon Cottage can accommodate maximum 14 guest and is self catering, Guests provide thei...
Halfmoon Cottage is a guesthouse in Akaroa. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Waiau Motor Camp

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Waiau Motor Camp

Welcome to Waiau Motor Camp. Situated on State Highway 70 in the township of Waiau, we are just a 35 minute drive to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort and only 75 minutes to Christchurch. Kaikoura is also just a 60 minute drive away. Soak in the pools at Hanmer, check out the Whales in Kaikoura, th...
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Birdsong Accommodation YHA

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Birdsong Accommodation YHA

Your hosts Neil and Kerry look forward to welcoming you to their small, friendly house, with a log fire and owners' artwork-themed rooms. Enjoy beautiful sunsets ocean views and native gardens. Our family-run lodge has a welcoming ambience, modern facilities and a high standard of cleanliness. We...
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Eco Lodge Pakowhai

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Eco Lodge Pakowhai

We are an eco hostel working to minimize our effect on the environment. Our new well appointed energy sustaining building has double-glazing, solar water heating, large decks, fully equipped commercial sized kitchens and TV lounges. We offer dorms, twin / double, share rooms, cabins and caravans...
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Oamaru Backpackers

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Oamaru Backpackers

Oamaru Backpackers has recently been renovated and tastefully decorated to a high standard. Every room has a different theme and you will love the creative approach the owners have taken. The hostel offers all amenities for a comfortable stay, spacious lounge and sunroom with amazing views over Oama...
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Bridge Backpackers

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Bridge Backpackers

A stylishly designed backpackers that is just across the road from the bus stop, which means no need to carry that heavy backpack too far. Completely redesigned and refurbished in 2017 we offer large outdoor spaces, fun and welcoming common areas, free unlimited fibre Wi-Fi, free breakfast (includ...
Bridge Backpackers is a hostel in Nelson. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

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Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

Piwaka Lodge (formerly Alicante) is Picton's newest hostel accommodation being completely refurbished in 2016 but also one of Pictons oldest having been a guest house since 1947. It is situated in the heart of town, on High Street, opposite the supermarket and a stroll to cafes etc. It is ideally p...
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Albatross Backpacker Inn

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Albatross Backpacker Inn

Welcome to The Albatross! We invite you to join us in our ever-changing home and share life and stories with other independent travellers. Run by travellers for travellers you'll find everything you need from comfy, fully-made beds, spacious well-equipped kitchen, colourful lounge and shared b...
Albatross Backpacker Inn is a hostel in Kaikoura. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Mountain Jade Backpackers

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Mountain Jade Backpackers

We are a modern backpackers in the center of town. Only two minutes walk from the post office,shops,beach and river walks. 50 meter heated and covered pool with spa one minute walk away. We have complete coverage of free high speed unlimited wi fi available for guest's.This extends to the coffee...
Mountain Jade Backpackers is a hostel in Hokitika. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

We now have a free kayak hire!! (conditions apply) and free bike hire. Enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of this popular Motueka hostel. Clean, comfortable accommodation options, free unlimited wifi, free bike hire and free Kayaks(* conditions apply please contact us). Laughing Kiwi is a...
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The Art House Backpackers

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The Art House Backpackers

Welcome to the Art House! We offer a cheap, friendly hostel for all the people travelling to Napier, New Zealand! When you stay here, you can get : * Free Unlimited Wi-Fi * Fully equipped and spacious kitchen * Sunny outdoor area * TV lounge with lts of movies * Most dorms have ocean views *...
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Oaklands Lodge

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Oaklands Lodge

Oaklands Lodge is ideally situated in the heart of Mount Eden village, which plays host to a range of cafes, restaurants and bars. This quiet yet charming neighbourhood also boasts the beautiful attraction of Mount Eden itself where visitors can take in views of the whole city from above. For th...
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YHA Queenstown Lakefront

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront

A comfortable fully equipped hostel sitting right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, offering enchanting views of the lake and mountains. If you want to experience the beauty and excitement of Queenstown but still get a good night's sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you and it's on...
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The Barn

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The Barn

It's exciting to be able to help people enjoy such a special part of New Zealand. You will have a great range of accommodation options to suit you including private cabins, modern clean dorms or spectacular camping site (power and non powered). The Barn is ready to provide everything for you...
The Barn is a hostel in Abel Tasman National Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Cell Block

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The Cell Block

Welcome to the Cell Block! A refurbished 1960's Police Station/Jail located in the heart of the city of Whangarei..the doorway to the far north of NZ. We offer a relaxed unique experience ( who thought a jail could feel like this)..Any way, we are 100% sure that those travellers with a taste...
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Wanaka Bakpaka

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Wanaka Bakpaka

Wanaka Bakpaka has a stunning view overlooking Lake Wanaka. Whether it be summer or winter the view of the Lake and Mountains show of whatever season you choose to visit Wanaka. Our lounge and dinning room are T.V free which allows guests to relax, chat to fellow travelers or enjoy a nice glass...
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Junohall YHA Hostel Waitomo

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Junohall YHA Hostel Waitomo

Nestled within rolling hills and private farmland, Juno Hall provides a countryside feeling while still being located within 2kms of the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company and Waitomo Adventures are within two minutes walk from our hostel. Waitomo Village is 1.5km, or...
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YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

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YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

Lively, cosy, and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet. Our excellent communal facilities include sev...
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Raglan Backpackers and Waterfront Lodge

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Raglan Backpackers and Waterfront Lodge

Raglan Backpackers is only two hours drive from Auckland, the seaside surf town of Raglan is the gem of the West Coast. Stay with us in our fun, friendly hostel and you’ll never want to leave. Just be yourself, hang out with us and do what you feel like. With everything from super comfy beds, to...
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Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

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Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

Verandahs operates from two stylish 1900s villas nestled in the heart of Auckland between the city centre, K Road and Ponsonby Road, Auckland's hippest boutique shopping, restaurant and bar area. Offering double ensuite, double, twin, single, dorms and three- and four-person share rooms, it is su...
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Plateau Lodge

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Plateau Lodge

BOOK with US -We operate daily Transport ALL day long to Tongariro Crossing & Northern Circuit. 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am, & 10.00am Return from Ketatahi 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 6.00pm Cost $40 per person return One way Flexi - leave your car at Ketatahi 7.00am & 8.00am depart...
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Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers

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Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers

We are a cosy, traditional New Zealand hostel where you can enjoy the warmth of our log burning fire in the evenings or lay back in the hammock and enjoy the of the sun. Our quiet gardens are home to our pet rabbits, gueina pigs, chickens and sheep. They are also a fantastic spot for star gazing aft...
Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers is a hostel in Lake Tekapo. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Stewart Island Backpackers

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Stewart Island Backpackers

Your Hosts Aaron and Carol Joy along with daughters Pauline and Michaela WELCOME you to this unique and beautiful part of the world. From the 1 October 2016 the opportunity to run the backpackers became available, a decision we quickly accepted. Whether you are here to walk, fish, hunt, see the w...
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Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

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Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

Waiheke Backpackers Hostel provides an amazing location and great value for money – just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, New Zealand. It’s your very own piece of paradise - located above Onetangi Beach with stunning sea views. Wake up to the sound of the seagulls or tui and head down the hill fo...
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Tasman Bay Backpackers

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Tasman Bay Backpackers

Our hostel is family-run, purpose-built, spacious, very clean and homely. All year round we have free, delicious, homemade hot chocolate pudding and ice cream. From May to October there is a FREE all-you-can-eat winter breakfast, while all year round we've got FREE UNLIMITED Wi-Fi We have a la...
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Matamata Backpackers

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Matamata Backpackers

We are a small hostel in the Heart of Matamata. 15 minutes drive to the Hobbiton Movie set or a 5 minute walk to the information center (Hobbiton pick-up/drop off point). Close to supermarkets, cafes and shops what more could you want?! Matamata Backpackers is a chill little hostel with grea...
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Haka Hotel Newmarket

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Haka Hotel Newmarket

Bringing together style, comfort and hybrid hotel innovation, Haka Hotel Newmarket with a 3 star rating is next-generation accommodation at a reasonable price. All of our rooms and spaces have been thoughtfully designed to best provide for a wide range of travellers. Free Wi-Fi, shared work space an...
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Solscape Eco Retreat

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Solscape Eco Retreat

Solscape is a 10 acre property nestled at the foot of Mt Karioi, overlooking the Tasman Sea and just a bush walk away from Ngaranui Beach and world famous surf break Manu Bay. Situated just a few kms from Raglan township on New Zealands beautiful westcoast, we are 2 hours south of Auckland and 40...
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Tamara Lodge

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Tamara Lodge

FREE WIFI. The Tamara Riverside Lodge strives to offer a superior standard within the World Traveller category of accommodation. A warm welcome is only the start as you enjoy our spacious Edwardian Lodge overlooking the majestic Whanganui River. The Lodge has views of Mt Ruapehu and it is ju...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in New Zealand.

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If you're already planning to visit New Zealand - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

New Zealand must-do: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

So, I have just come back from one of the biggest adventures in my life – a two-week backpacking around New Zealand. This blog post will talk about one of the must-dos while visiting North Island of New Zealand – Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Edgaras Katinas

Muriwai

Famous for two things: gannets and surf! Unfortunately no surfing gannets, you’ll just have to watch them dive instead. From March to August, a vast colony of these seabirds take to the cliffs above Muriwai Beach to raise their young in relative safety. An easy boardwalk track from the beach winds gently up until you are high enough to look down from above. And if the smell is a little overwhelming – over 2000 birds make a lot of mess – you can always face the beach itself and soak up the view. The rougher seas of the West Coast are an invitation recreational fishermen and surfers cannot ignore. For those with a love of riding waves, this is reportedly one of the best spots in New Zealand, and for those who prefer their riding more land based, Muriwai Beach Horse Treks offer a four-legged alternative to a board. Their most popular 1 hour ride is a leisurely walk through the scrub, up the coast and back through native forest. Simply sublime! For a closer look at that famous sand, take a hike up the dunes (and maybe a roll down) and write your name on the wet beach to watch it sparkle as it dries in the sunshine.

Helen Louise

Outdoors

There are also a range of day walks and multiple day hikes (known as ‘tramps’ in New Zealand). The Department of Conservation (DOC) has information on the different tracks.

Nicola Woodhead

Welcome to Wellington!

Wellington, windy, windy Wellington. The capital of New Zealand, dubbed ‘The coolest little capital in the world’ by the Lonely Planet (2011), is a compact city of less than half a million people tucked between the mountains of the southern North Island and the Cook Strait. It is also one of the windiest cities on Earth. Despite this, it is among my favourite cities; I first visited in February 2015 while taking the Stray backpacker bus around the country and I am now lucky enough to currently live and work here. For a small city, there is plenty to do with many cafés and bars, hiking trails and attractions such as Te Papa museum.

Fliss

Wanaka. A piece of paradise

Wanaka. A small town in the heart of New Zealand’s south island. Located in the Otago Region, 1 hours drive from Queenstown. It is a piece of paradise in an otherwise dry and arid region. Glaciers sculpted the area thousands of years ago and what they left behind is simply incredible. The town of Wanaka sits on Roy’s Bay, in the south east of New Zealand’s 4th largest lake. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, you get a real feel of isolation.

Ricky Tunbridge

There Are Numerous Chances To See A Kiwi

When people ask me ‘Where you from?’ my goto answer is ‘kiwi’. While this doesn’t exactly make sense, a massive majority of the time people will understand what I mean. New Zealanders identify as kiwi therefore backpackers keep it in mind that it would be cool to see an actual kiwi (the bird) while visiting.

Jub

Castle Hill: Intriguing ancient rock formation

As you drive west out of Christchurch, on State Highway 73 (SH73) towards the wild West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the Canterbury plains give way to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Dry summer farmland transforms into the green paddocks of sheep and cattle farms as you rise out of the plains and into the rolling hills towards the steeper Porters Pass. In winter, keen groups and families take to the hills for a variety of recreation, to seriously ski and snowboard the higher mountains or toboggan the lower slopes and enjoy the snow of the area. Small lakes line the road beyond the Pass and in summer you can see small numbers of campervans, tents, and boating enthusiasts enjoying what nature has to offer. Climbing higher you come upon the Korowai-Torlesse tussock land park where wider open spaces offer a completely different vista from the lower plains and the terrain becomes much more interesting than farms and flat land.

TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch

Fantastic Coffee and Where to Find It

New Zealand is famous for its coffee, and Wellington certainly doesn’t disappoint. 

eloise-sims

Hello From Auckland!

It seems as if I’ve adopted a new name since landing in New Zealand. Whenever I meet someone new, without fail, I’m always introduced as ‘Megan-From-America’. It’s not a bad thing, as it holds truth, but it is quite funny that literally everyone says it.

Megan Fisher

New Zealand - Aotearoa - Country of Maoris

New Zealand is such a beautiful country with so many things to do and to see. I spend five months in Auckland working for a Dentist agency, it is worth  to spend a couple of days in Auckland and here is why:

Maren

What will I learn from travel?

I am from a typical hard working New Zealand family, and I suppose one could say I had a bit of a sheltered upbringing. Travelling throughout less privileged countries really opened my eyes to just how hard life is for some people and it surely made me appreciate just how lucky I am. Kids playing in the street with no shoes, mothers cleaning the dishes from the evening meal on the side walk, a family of five crammed on to a scooter, poorly covered lowly strung power lines within a child’s reach, malnourished homeless animals with little but the scraps on the ground to eat. Aside from the poor circumstances these people always managed a smile and appeared to be just as happy, if not happier, than those of us who have everything and anything we need or want. To experience first-hand how these people live really makes travelling worthwhile. No amount of money or objects make a person happy, it is the experiences you have throughout life with the people you love that will bring you happiness.

Becky Ensor

6 things to do in Queenstown - without breaking your budget

One of the coolest little towns I have ever come across is found in the South Island of New Zealand. Although this whole country is amazing, there is something special about Queenstown. The town is built around Lake Wakatipu and with its beautiful scenery, endless amount of activities and adventures and good nightlife this is definitely the perfect getaway for anyone from families to backpackers.

Ellen Skoog

New Zealand : Motueka

Motueka located at the north part of the south island, in Tasman District. This town is very near to Able Tasman National Park, which is the smallest national park in New Zealand. Although it is small but there is a lot of outdoor activities!

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Cromwell - Must Do

With the ever increasing popularity of Central Otago, New Zealand, as a tourist destination, it can be difficult to get off the tourist trail. Whilst old favourites like Queenstown and Wanaka have a lot bto offer, it’s important not to overlook gems hidden in the paths less travelled. One of those gems is Cromwell, a small town with a big heart.

Carys Jones

Rotorua…My Home Town!

I would like to tell you a bit about myself. I was born in Rotorua, in New Zealand, which is of course one of the most beautiful and interesting resort cities in the world. I grew up among the Maori people, the immense natural beauty, the geothermal wonders, the world famous tourist attractions, the splendid fishing and hunting and you know what? I took it all for granted, because it was all I knew!

Guineith Isaacs

A Guide to Napier, New Zealand

Napier is well known for being the world’s Art Deco capital and for its winery tours but as a teenager found this sort of thing boring and instead got into skate parks, surf breaks, mountain bike trails and rivers. Napier is a small town with a population of about 60 000 people, it’s part of Hawkes Bay and could quite possibly be the coolest place you come across in New Zealand. I’d definitely recommend visiting in Summer, the weather is perfect, it’s not too hot like the tropics but still hot enough to make you want to go swimming and just seems to always be sunny. This is a quick guide to the places I’d go and things I’d do in Summer which might be a bit different to what you see advertised for tourists.

jaydon-mckenzie

The Garden City

Not being the type to sugar-coat things, I will admit that my first impression of Christchurch was not a great one. It was only the end of February but when we stepped off the plane, I could’ve been forgiven for thinking I’d mistakenly boarded a flight back to the UK. Safe to say it was freezing for what was supposed to be New Zealand summer, and all the trees had be stripped of their leaves. On the bus to our hostel, I think I even heard someone complaining about the weather! It could well have been me, though. However, we were here for nearly 3 more days so we decided to embrace the situation and throw ourselves into whatever Christchurch could offer. After waking up with a mildly uncomfortable hangover, we set off to meet some friends from home and explore the Botanical Gardens. Apparently a world-class attraction, and with NO terrible reviews on tripadvisor (an achievement not to be underestimated), we had high hopes, and boy was I pleasantly surprised! I won’t call myself an aficionado of botanical gardens, but I’ve been to quite a few in my time, and although this was not on the same level in terms of size or exoticness as, say, Berlin or Rio, it was a thoroughly relaxing place which was clearly a treasured piece of Christchurch culture. We followed it up with a visit to the Canterbury Museum, where I sat on a penny-farthing and learned about the history of this troubled but admirable city. Not wanting to have too much fun in one day, we went to sit in the vast but pretty Hagley Park, and managed to while away the rest of the afternoon there. I can’t comment on the Christchurch clubbing scene, but what I gathered was that for those who do not know where the hotspots are, it all seems very dead. Luckily for us, we had a Pak N Save round the corner for all our drinking needs and in true backpacker fashion, we met a few people in the hostel and ended up sat around the table, having a rather tame but drunken night. The next day, after desperately asking around for what other visitors to Christchurch had done here, we set off for the Westfield Mall in Riccarton. Normally, as with all curious and aspiring travelers, I enjoy tasting local cuisine or exploring the impressive things nature has to offer in the area, but by this point I was quite frankly clutching at straws, regarding cultural opportunities in the city. The good news, though, is that the mall proved to be an excellent lunch spot and we all had a whale of a time there.

Alex Taylor

Pasifika and International Cultural Festivals 2016 in Auckland

        During my stay in Auckland, I could notice that the number of foreign people moving in there has been increasing and I observed how the city accepts that the population is becoming international. I mainly remember of two Festivals to discover Pacific Islands and various cultures settled in New Zealand.

Lusi

Favourite Spots in New Plymouth

When I first arrived in New Plymouth I didn´t like it. It was too much of the same and on the first look just like any other bigger city I had visited in New Zealand. But after staying here for four weeks I found some spots I really loved and can recommend to everyone who´s planning on visiting New Plymouth. For starters, it might be good to know that most of these are best to reach by car but there are taxis available in the city.

Lisa

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand; A Humble Paradise

So you’re planning your ultimate vacation to little ol’ New Zealand. You’ve heard about the skiing in Queenstown, the glaciers in Milford Sound, the cultural capital that is Wellington, and undoubtedly, the “Lord of The Rings” Hobbiton tour in Matamata. But the one place that you definitely need to have on your list, is the beautiful beach cove, Mount Maunganui.

Deanna Hayley

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