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.

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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The Lazy Shag

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The Lazy Shag

Welcome to Kaikoura! All rooms have en-suites and heating systems. Warm, clean, well equipped, Free Wifi ( 200mb limited). The Lazy Shag is set among magnificent trees with superb mountain views and gardens that stretch down to the river. For some real entertainment try seal swims or snorke...
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88 Lodge Bed and Breakfast

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88 Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy our private and relaxing sub-tropical gardens and lounge in our swimming pool. Rainbow Falls and Puketi Forest are nearby and beautiful countryside surrounds us. Bustling Kerikeri with its cafe society, shops, Stone Store & Kemp House, heritage sites are 6 minutes away. Lively Paihia, H...
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Big Tree Lodge Methven

98 /100

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Big Tree Lodge Methven

Big Tree Lodge combines colonial charm with the comforts of home. Our large colonial villa (formerly known as Redwood Lodge) and one time vicarage still features timber paneling, furniture, new timber ceilings and double glazed windows. It offers high-speed WiFi, a free internet terminal, free laund...
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Adventure Q2 Hostel

98 /100

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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...
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Manakau Lodge

97 /100

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Manakau Lodge

We have recently converted the old Manakau Hotel to a backerpacker lodge. It is a wonderful building full of character. 9 private rooms and 3 dorm rooms. Plenty of space to relax. Beautiful private gardens , excellent indoor outdoor flow. We have 2 pool tables , indoor soccer tables, darts . Free w...
Manakau Lodge is a hostel in Kapiti Coast. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Adventure Queenstown Hostel

97 /100

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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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Sunseeker Lodge

97 /100

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Sunseeker Lodge

Whether you want to explore the amazing Northland coast line, with its beautiful beaches, stunning cliff scenery and breath-taking long walks. Or whether you want to explore the local area with it's sub-tropical gardens, art galleries, craft shops and vineyards; or come and relax! Whangaroa is...
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Grandview Bed & Breakfast

97 /100

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Grandview Bed & Breakfast

Grandview is one of New Zealand's most popular B&B's. We have not only some of the best views in the area but have many features most other B&B's do not, including free Wifi, free breakfast, a sauna, and a spa, just to name a few! From luxury Spa Suites to well presented standard rooms we have a...
Grandview Bed & Breakfast is a guesthouse in Dunedin. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Superior Dunedin Apartments

97 /100

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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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Adventure Inn Marahau

97 /100

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Adventure Inn Marahau

Adventure Inn is a small but quaint 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 three dorm rooms, so you can relax and have a bit more comfort with out the cha...
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Foley Towers BBH

96 /100

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Foley Towers BBH

First try Foley Towers BBH! 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...
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Swaggers Backpackers

96 /100

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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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Oamaru Backpackers

95 /100

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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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Fat Cat Travellers Community

95 /100

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Fat Cat Travellers Community

Kia Ora, welcome. **PLEASE READ** Room categories when booking are as follows (Facilities, activities, breakfast and dinner included in all): SINGLE PRIVATE = PARK YOUR VAN, PARKING SPOT. 1 Bed Tent = Single Person Van. Double Bed Private = Private room, double bed. Double Bed Private = Co...
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JUCY Snooze Queenstown

95 /100

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JUCY Snooze Queenstown

This adrenaline fuelled, picturesque town in the south of New Zealand is surrounded by soaring mountains with a deep blue glacial lake sat perfectly in the middle. The home of the legendary Fergburger, bungy jumping, jet boating, vineyards, vibrant bars, and award winning restaurants, experience it...
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Bridge Backpackers

95 /100

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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...
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Jack In The Green

95 /100

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Jack In The Green

Surrounded by mountains in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, Jack In The Green is located in a quiet residential area, just outside the town centre. This small boutique lodge offers spacious rooms, a lovely guest lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen. Jack In The Green Backpackers has...
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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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Wanaka Bakpaka

94 /100

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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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The Bouncing Lamb - Nelson

94 /100

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The Bouncing Lamb - Nelson

Beach, BBQ's, Beers & Beds. Its Backpackers Hostel The Bouncing Lamb way! Why does a Lamb Bounce? Because its full of energy and excitement, and is in awe of the world around it. We set out to capture this mood, then we smacked it into the closest Hostel to Nelsons most Popular beach. Here...
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Haka Lodge Christchurch

Welcome to Haka Lodge Christchurch; Haka Lodge is located in a suburban neighborhood in Christchurch; we have great eateries, supermarkets within walking distance and handy public buses to the central city, amazing beaches and the airport. We offer a range of accommodation options from dorm be...
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Snow Denn Lodge

94 /100

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Snow Denn Lodge

Snow Denn Lodge has a quite unique setting, that promises to suit the needs of everybody. We have two separate wings: one wing for the backpacker, with dorms and lots of fun; another wing with spacious private rooms, for those seeking more comfort and relax. Combine this with our central location,...
Snow Denn Lodge is a hotel in Methven. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Haka Lodge - Bay of Islands - Paihia

94 /100

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Haka Lodge - Bay of Islands - Paihia

With the best view in Paihia, the most central location and brand new facilities, Haka Lodge Paihia is a great choice! Located across the road from Paihia Beach, we get amazing views over the water, and we are close to all restaurants and bars in town. We are a brand new, premium penthouse backpa...
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Piha Beachstay

93 /100

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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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Tamara Lodge

93 /100

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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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Braemar House YHA

93 /100

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Braemar House YHA

Free WiFi for YHA Members... Braemar House YHA, is a restored historic homestead located on the banks of the Whanganui River and gives the option of either tasteful Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the Guest house, or quality YHA hostel accommodation in the separate Hostel. We are just a five...
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Fellworth House for Solo Travellers

93 /100

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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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Station Lodge

93 /100

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Station Lodge

Station Lodge - YHA OHAKUNE is located in the beautiful alpine town of Ohakune adjacent to the world renowned Tongariro National Park. A place for all seasons; the lodge is warm and inviting and is in close proximity to spectacular walks, including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (Best Day Walk in New...
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Absoloot Value Accommodation

93 /100

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Absoloot Value Accommodation

Absoloot Value Accommodation (AVA) opened in June 2010 with a variety of accommodation options for the backpacker, flash-packer and value-seeking traveler! AVA has an outlook second-to-none and four stories worth of character and comfort. Absoloot Value Accommodation (AVA) has been designed with...
Absoloot Value Accommodation is a hostel in Queenstown. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Sunrise Lodge

92 /100

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Sunrise Lodge

Enjoy our comfortable facilities in Scenic Kaikoura while you explore the great outdoors. Sunrise Lodge is newly refurbished and ready to welcome you to your home away from home. We offer private rooms, share rooms and dormitories, all with free and unlimited fast wifi. Free tea, coffee and spice...
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Bumbles Backpackers Queenstown

92 /100

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Bumbles Backpackers Queenstown

If you are looking for an affordable, relaxed & friendly place to stay in Queenstown with spectacular mountain views, a waterfront location and free unlimited WiFi for your entire stay, this is it! We are only 300m from the buzz of downtown Queenstown, just far enough away for some peace and quiet....
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Tasman Bay Backpackers

92 /100

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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...
Tasman Bay Backpackers is a hostel in Nelson. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Haka Hotel Newmarket

92 /100

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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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Canterbury House Christchurch

92 /100

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Canterbury House Christchurch

Hostel features: Free UFB unlimited WiFi, central location, quiet, clean, relaxing, spacious garden and lawn. Canterbury House is a home style accommodation, nicely situated has all day sun with some rooms having a garden views all rooms are heated for winter season, sunny sun deck where you can...
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YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

92 /100

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YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

YHA Wanaka Purple Cow is a relaxed welcoming backpackers hostel, situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka. Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and the famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable accommodation and great communal facilities...
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YHA Kakapo Lodge

92 /100

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YHA Kakapo Lodge

Kakapo Lodge YHA is central located, only a 2 minute walk form the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Relaxing inside the property is easy during winter with a Log Fire and Under-floor Heating as well as extra blankets on request. Cook up a storm in our large Communal Kitchen and Dining r...
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The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

92 /100

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The Flaming Kiwi Backpackers

Welcome to the Flaming Kiwi! We are situated 5 minutes walk to the town centre and 3 minutes walk to the supermarket. We are friendly, cozy hostel with lots of great stuff for our guests to enjoy! Take our bikes (free of charge) for a cycle around the lake, borrow some of our Frisbee golf disc...
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LKNZ Backpackers

92 /100

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LKNZ Backpackers

Free 1GB of WiFi internet when you check-in! LKNZ Lodge is in the township of Ohakune and situated right on the doorstep of the Tongariro National Park. LKNZ provides quality accommodation to suit all budgets, from En-suite Studios and Flashpacker Rooms to Budget Cabin Dorm Beds spread over three...
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INNBetween Lodge & Backpackers

92 /100

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INNBetween Lodge & Backpackers

The INNBetween lodge + backpackers, is a Boutique Hostel located in sunny Nelson’s city centre. We have all your basic necessities covered including but not limited to -A central location, only a minutes’ walk from the main streets of Nelson city – Bars, cafes, nightlife, shopping, galleries, an...
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Global Village Travellers Lodge

Free unlimited WiFi. Free 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 for multi...
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Seagulls Guesthouse

92 /100

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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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Haka Lodge Taupo

91 /100

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Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupō is an up-market backpacker's hostel in central Taupō. Our ethos places the guest experience at the heart of everything we do. Come and stay in backpacker luxury with free unlimited WiFi, hot tub and stunning views of Lake Taupō! Haka Lodges are a modern New Zealand hostel network...
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Sequoia Lodge Backpackers

91 /100

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Sequoia Lodge Backpackers

Here at Sequoia Lodge we welcome travellers and families of all ages and pride ourselves on our relaxed atmosphere. Offering free chocolate pudding and ice cream served every night of the year and breakfast and hot soup in the winter. Our staff are genuine, super friendly and we aim to make everyon...
Sequoia Lodge Backpackers is a hostel in Picton. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Apple Tree Backpackers

91 /100

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Apple Tree Backpackers

Free unlimited WiFi! Nested right between the beaches of Tauranga and Mt Manganui you will find our cosy newly renovated backpackers . We have clean and comfortable accommodation,tenting site, free parking and free unlimited WiFi! Relax on our laid back terrace with waterfront or garden vie...
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Rusty Nail Backpackers

91 /100

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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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Waiheke Backpackers Hostel

91 /100

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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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Turtlecove Accommodation

91 /100

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Turtlecove Accommodation

FREE unlimited WiFi and FREE self serve basic Breakfast. Hotel quality mattresses. Must CHECK IN by 7PM, we DO NOT have a 24hr reception. PLEASE NOTE: office hours are 7am to 7pm and check in times are 1pm to 7pm, we do not have a 24hr reception so there are no office staff available after this tim...
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Seascape Villa Bed and Breakfast

91 /100

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Seascape Villa Bed and Breakfast

Seascape Villa Bed & Breakfast is just 5 minutes’ drive from Tauranga Harbour and the City Centre and just 10 minutes from Tauranga Airport and Mount Maunganui. We provide FREE unlimited WIFI, free breakfast and free airport transfers. All rooms have their own private bathroom including bath...
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Ottos Backpackers and Secret Gardens

91 /100

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Ottos Backpackers and Secret Gardens

Otto´s Backpackers... Experience living in an old New Zealand heritage building with its very special vibe and unique character. Feel home away from home. We provide 4 bed dorms, one 3 bed room and double bed rooms as well as 2 rooms with a single + double bed. We are based in in Central Nelson - ri...
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Te Nikau Retreat

91 /100

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Te Nikau Retreat

Te Nikau Retreat nestles in the native rainforest adjoining Paparoa National Park and just 3km away are the spectacular Pancake Rocks. A unique accommodation with all home comforts and excellent facilities. Various cabins, dorms & lodges each enjoying its own privacy being surrounded by the nati...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in New Zealand.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in New Zealand.

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 Tournant

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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