Best Places for Backpackers in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Top 13 hostels in Wellington, New Zealand.

These are the 13 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The Dwellington

96 /100

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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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The Marion

95 /100

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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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YHA Wellington City

88 /100

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YHA Wellington City

This is everything an urban hostel should be! Free WiFi Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington City is centrally located and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer. There is an espresso bar on site, selling barista made coffee and a selection of cabinet foo...
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The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers

85 /100

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The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers

The Cambridge Hotel is a newly restored heritage building. It is immensely popular for its value accommodation in the capital city. The fantastic central location and carefully restored decor, combined with hard-to-match prices, has made The Cambridge Hotel the first choice for many travellers and r...
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Trek Global

83 /100

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Trek Global

FREE unlimited High-speed WiFi!!! Trek Global is the friendly, fun backpackers in the heart of Wellington. Whether you’re en route to an adrenaline driven destination or fancy a few days to explore the culture capital of NZ come and stay with us at Trek and we will make it your home for the n...
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Nomads Capital Backpackers

78 /100

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Nomads Capital Backpackers

Free Pancakes for Breakfast, Free Dinner every evening, Free Tea and Coffee 24 hours a day, Fantastic location, Awesome staff and Clean and Cosy rooms. PLUS Blend, our awesome onsite bar, offering heaps of fantastic food and drink deals every day as well as nightly activities. What more could...
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Base Wellington

76 /100

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Base Wellington

Located just around the corner from Welly’s nightlife and within walking distance of central attractions and amenities, Base Wellington showcases the vibrancy of Wellington with the bonus of comfort and convenience. With the city on your doorstep and such great facilities including 24 hour Free WIF...
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Worldwide Backpackers

74 /100

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Worldwide Backpackers

According to Lonely Planet Worldwide Backpackers is a friendly well regarded backpackers. It is small, clean and homely with Free Wifi. It also has a great atmosphere, enjoys a great location and is cleaned daily. Beds are comfortable and there is hot water available all the time. All rooms have...
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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

71 /100

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Free WiFi Now Available (1 GB per day)! At Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formally Downtown Backpackers) we are told for a big hostel we are one of the best. A Historic Art Deco hotel with spacious common areas, ensuite bathrooms, cafe & bar, Sky TV, internet as well as high security with card loc...
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10
The Setup on Dixon

66 /100

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The Setup on Dixon

Located in central Wellington, The Setup on Dixon offers guests free WiFi. It is less than 5 minutes' walk from a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops. All heated rooms include comfortable linen, an electric kettle and a private or shared bathroom. Some rooms have a radio, a refrigerator and a...
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Laneway Backpackers

61 /100

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Laneway Backpackers

Laneway Backpackers is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Located centrally in Wellington, Laneway Backpackers provides guests with access to the city's trendiest bars, cafes and shopping precincts. The hostel offers a variety of modern shared and private rooms with access to quality shared facilities....
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12
Lodge In The City

59 /100

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Lodge In The City

Our large modern spacious lodge is located in central Wellington. We have a wide range of accommodation available from backpacker bunks to self contained units. The Lodge is in the heart of Wellington's buzzing cafe, bar, club and theatre district. We are only minutes walk to the waterfront, Te...
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Wild Zebra Backpackers

54 /100

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Wild Zebra Backpackers

In the surrounding blocks alone, there is everything you might need during your stay - cafes, coffee shops, music venues, galleries, bars, gyms, and shopping, just to name a few. Located in the heart of down town entertainment district, Courtenay Place, there are many night clubs and restaurants les...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Wellington, New Zealand.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPEDITION

We’re probably going to head off soon to check out the Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington as well as the other film locations.

Maria Kuh De Luna

Heading into the Deep South

New Zealand is a beautiful country, and while most visitors stick to the North Island and the ski areas on the South Island, there are many travel treasures ready to be discovered on a trip through the deep south. If you’re flying into Wellington or Auckland, there are daily flight connections to Christchurch and there’s also the option of driving down; the ferry ride to Picton is a magical three hour journey and on a clear day, you can see both islands at the same time while doing a Kate Winslet off the side and downing a speights. Now there’s an adventure sport for ya!

Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump

4. Tamaki Maori Village

Marie Vanderwoodsen

Wellington Buses

It is summer in New Zealand at the moment which makes it the perfect time to explore the breath taking scenery, hiking trails and exquisite beaches. If you are going to adventure out into the sun I think it is important to note that the sun in New Zealand is quite harsh. Therefore, it is very necessary that you wear sun protection. Wear a hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sun lotion. Make sure to apply sun lotion even if you’re only going to be outside for two minutes. Yesterday, I was outside for two minutes sitting under a shaded tree and somehow managed to get burnt on the back of my neck. I don’t know exactly how it happened possibly magic but more likely bad decision making. Also remember to reapply sun lotion after you go swimming. Traveling around New Zealand Wellington Buses There are many ways you can travel the country. Most cities such as Auckland and Wellington have good public transport systems and it is fairly easy to get around. Living in Wellington I have found navigating the bus system easy. It is $2 per zone and $1.66 if you have a Snapper card. I often travel from the train station to the end of Courtney Place which only costs me $2. Each bus stop has time tables up so you can see when the next bus will arrive. You can also look up your travel route on the Metlink website if you are unsure which bus route to take. I often check the website to see when the next bus is coming before I leave the house.

kaya-williams

Is Waikanae A Good Backpackers Destination

My hometown, Waikanae is located on the Kapiti Coast, just one hour north of Wellington. In many popular tourist destinations around the world Waikanae is the perfect distance away for backpackers to spend a day or two away from the ‘big smoke’. Sadly it doesn’t attract many backpackers at all, lets dig into why this is.

Jub

Why Wellington? Ten must do

Wellingtons Mount Victoria Lookout

Kate Shepherd

Wellington, New Zealand. Things to do that are free

It’s been almost three months that one day, I decide to give a spin to my life and travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Place where I was born) To Wellington, New Zealand. “The World Coolest Little Capital”, as everyone like to call this city, and that phrase fits really well with this city.

Gustavo Pinto

A fruitarian weekend in Wellington City

Apple Apricot Avocado Blackcurrant Blueberry Boysenberry Cherry Citrus fruits (mandarin, lemon, tangelo, grapefruit, orange) Cucumber Feijoa Figs Grapes Kiwis (green and golden) Nuts (walnut, macadamia, chestnut) Olives Passionfruit Peach Persimmon Plum Raspberry Sapote Strawberries Tamarillo Tomato A fruitarian weekend in Wellington City Wellington, the charming capital of New Zealand, is an especially pleasant city. Nevertheless, its blustery weather makes it one of the windiest places in New Zealand. Apart from that, this metropolis offers an agreeable environment for fruitarians due to its varied markets. Here’s something you can do over a weekend in Wellington.

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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

Crossing the Cook Strait. Picton.

We started our journey from the North Island of the country, crossed the Cook Strait by the ferry departed from modern metropolitan Wellington to the little cozy port town called Picton. Having a short tour, we mentioned the strong smell of the sea salt and freshly caught fish, lots of boats and maritime museum. When turned back we were amazed by the height of mountains far away in the horizon and quickly jumped into the bus, which brought us to Christchurch in few hours.

Anna Dreamer

Coming from Vanuatu and the Pacific.

When we arrived in Wellington, the city had already earned to our eyes its infamous nickname: Windy Wellington. Indeed, when my girlfriend was on her last leg from Auckland to Wellington her plane couldn’t land because of a heavy storm developing over our holiday’s skies. For my part, I had sneaked in through the gales as I had come in a day early from the wonderful archipelago of Vanuatu via Suva airport in Fiji (a 24 hour trip for some actual 6 hours of flight due to poor planning on my part).

Sandgi Sariani

The Wonderful, Windy, Wellington

The Wonderful, Windy, Wellington a local’s guide to NZ’s capital city

Viktoria

Wellington: the little capital with the big attitude

Sprawling under and around the hills and rubbing up against the harbour is Wellington, the little capital with the big attitude. And rightly so, for this is one seriously cool city. Host to the premiers of all three Lord of the Rings films, this capital knows how to hold its own on the world stage while staying humble and charming. Google Wellington and chances are the keywords you’ll likely hit are windy, Wellywood, Weta Workshop, and waterfront. But some of the City’s more redeeming features are it’s amazing coffee, eclectic but friendly locals, moreish eateries, and historic buildings. Home to Parliament, Victoria University, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa (the National Museum), Wellington is the jack of all trades in the middle of Middle-Earth. A cultural capital, the streets are always brimming with exotic influences, international events and ahead-of-the-trend individuals. Walk down the street, and you may see locals wearing things from the 80’s that will find their way to the international catwalks next season. It is because of this ‘cool’ factor and the creativity that seems to be in the water, that the city plays host to the World of Wearable Arts fashion show and competition, attracting global attention and sending the city into a frenzy.

Beckie Calder-Flynn

I arrived in New Zealand some weeks ago, and I can already say how beautiful it is. Everything seems to be very relaxed and chilled, also the well-known cities from the country as Wellington and Auckland , both located in the North Island. I can define Auckland ‘the business city’ of New Zealand, as you can find many big buildings in the CBD and many people walking in suits. The life here seems to be a bit fast paced and the right place for professionals. On the other hand, Wellington, the second most populous city and the southernmost capital since 1865, is actually named as ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ which for me meant plenty of arty people and way more cultural than Auckland. Apart from graffiti’s and musicians in the streets, you can also find the National Art Gallery, the Museum of New Zealand, many theatres and two big universities. People in general are a mix of Maoríes, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand; and kiwis, named for all people from New Zealand. Both of them are really nice and charismatic persons who are going to help you on anytime you need. You can say NZ is a small country based on two islands but actually, it´s a cosmopolitan place where you can find people from all over the world. You can be either on the bus or supermarket and you probably will listen people talking in Spanish, French, Indian, Korean or any other language you never listened before. If you are thinking to come to New Zealand or travel in general, you may find this tips useful to have an idea of how it would be. ABOUT TRAVELING:

I arrived in New Zealand some weeks ago, and I can already say how beautiful it is. Everything seems to be very relaxed and chilled, also the well-known cities from the country as Wellington and Auckland , both located in the North Island. I can define Auckland ‘the business city’ of New Zealand, as you can find many big buildings in the CBD and many people walking in suits. The life here seems to be a bit fast paced and the right place for professionals. On the other hand, Wellington, the second most populous city and the southernmost capital since 1865, is actually named as ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ which for me meant plenty of arty people and way more cultural than Auckland. Apart from graffiti’s and musicians in the streets, you can also find the National Art Gallery, the Museum of New Zealand, many theatres and two big universities. People in general are a mix of Maoríes, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand; and kiwis, named for all people from New Zealand. Both of them are really nice and charismatic persons who are going to help you on anytime you need. You can say NZ is a small country based on two islands but actually, it´s a cosmopolitan place where you can find people from all over the world. You can be either on the bus or supermarket and you probably will listen people talking in Spanish, French, Indian, Korean or any other language you never listened before.

Analia Orona Prataviera

Hawkins Hill: The Hidden Gem of Wellington, New Zealand

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.”

Andrew J. Stillman

Wellington, New Zealand: A Travellers Guide To The Coolest Little Capital

 Wellington, NZ  

Tasha Amy

Wellington on a Good Day

Wellington, New Zealand. Windy Wellington. Wellywood. The coolest little capital. They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and as far as New Zealand travel goes, they might just be right. I have had the pleasure of calling Wellington home for about four and a half years. It is a great place to live and an equally great place to visit. The weather can get pretty bad but if the sun is shining and the breeze is not too strong you are in for a stunning day.

Lara

A Visit to Wellington, New Zealand

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day”, say those proud locals of New Zealand’s capital. Fortunately, they are absolutely right as the city is situated on the harbor at the very edge of the North Island, with hills surrounding the city that offer stunning views and hiking trails; unfortunately, Wellington sees only about a handful of “good days” throughout the year. The other 300 will blow you away, literally. Windy Wellington is a rightful nickname and one solid piece of advice I can give to travelers is, ladies: leave the short skirts at home or you will be giving Marilyn Monroe a run for her money, and gentlemen: enjoy the views (from Mount Victoria, of course).

Chelsea Haines

Wellington, New Zealand Travel Guides

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