3 Best Hostels in Wellington, New Zealand – Play by Day, Sleep Easy by Night in the Capital City by the Sea

3 Best Hostels in Wellington, New Zealand

Nau mai – welcome – to the absolute best hostels in Wellington, New Zealand. You may not know that Wellington is actually the capital of New Zealand. Many people mistake it for Auckland because it happens to be the largest city in the North Island.

Wellington is a surprisingly green city, with a lovely waterfront promenade and great attractions. If you’re on your way to/from the South Island, we highly recommend spending a night or two in this city.

Our favorite hostels in Wellington are:

  1. The Marion Hostel - best for Solo Travellers
  2. Trek Global Backpackers - best for Backpackers
  3. YHA Wellington - best for Families

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The overall design and amenities offered in these hostels is impressive. There are plenty of social activities to join and luxurious dorms to sleep in.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

Personally, we prefer Wellington to Auckland. It felt a lot more open and in touch with nature. If you have a short time in the North Island and would like to experience city life, we recommend heading to Wellington. Auckland just feels like any other city in the world with a huge focus on business and a fast paced lifestyle.

Here are all the 34 best hostels in New Zealand.

What we cover in this article?
  • cheapest hostels in Wellington
  • best hostels in Wellington for solo travellers
  • fun party hostels in Wellington
  • discounts and promo codes
  • How to book?
  • all hostel and sights on a map
  • Flights
  • FAQs
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    Quick Introduction to Wellington

    Average price for a bed: Hostels in Wellington cost 13€ – 17€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 39€ up to 60€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

    Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

    Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

    🎁 New to Hostels? Read our guide to staying in a Hostel for the First Time here. We especially recommend reading:

    The 3 Best Hostels in Wellington are …

    Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Wellington .

    1. The Marion Hostel – best for Solo Travellers
    2. Trek Global Backpackers – best for Backpackers
    3. YHA Wellington – best for Families

    These are our favorite hostels in Wellington . We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

    Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

    🦸 Solo Traveler: The Marion
    🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: YHA Wellington
    👫 For Socializing:Nomads Capital Backpackers
    👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: The Marion
    👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: YHA Wellington
    👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: The Marion
    🎒 For Backpackers: Trek Global Backpackers

    1. The Marion Hostel

    Coming in a close second is the newest hostel accommodation in Wellington set within the walls of a beautiful historical building. Welcome to The Marion Hostel.

    We love the blend of historic structure and modern amenities – it has been done with style and is not too try-hard.

    There’s plenty of space to spread out in here, with an option of keeping to yourself or socialising with other guests depending on how you feel.

    Opt for a cosy 4-bed dorm, or book the more sociable 10-bed mixed dorm option. Either way, all beds come with a privacy curtain and sturdy wooden bunks that support personal, relaxed space.

    Otherwise, you might prefer a private double room which comes with a queen sized bed.

    Drop your bags and check out the great common areas:

    • Rooftop terrace overlooking Cuba Street
    • Outdoor spaces
    • Modern kitchen w/seating areas
    • Sofa room

    Looking for work? The staff offer free CV checks and interview prep for their guests! They can also support you in your job hunt.

    Note: Short and long term stay is available at this hostel.

    We have to mention the showers as they are super fancy for hostel standards. It’s no wonder one guest described it as “it’s like staying in a luxury apartment”.

    Location: Right in the heart of Wellington city centre, near Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. This is where cultural and bohemian life is happening, with many of the main attractions within easy walking distance.

    This is one of the best hostels in Wellington for

    • Solo travellers
    • Couples
    Book The Marion Hostel here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

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    2. Trek Global Backpackers

    Welcome to a fun, friendly backpackers in the heart of Wellington – Trek Global Backpackers!

    It’s a really cool place in terms of meeting plenty of other travellers and having a flow of entertainment opportunities.

    ” Whether you are flying solo or travelling with friends our aim at Trek Global is to provide you with a memorable Wellington experience whilst giving you a homely and friendly base to explore from.”

    Let’s jump straight in and have a look at some of the perks:

    • FREE in-house activities
    • Bicycle hire
    • Pool table & foosball
    • Large common area w/ beanbags, sofas & books

    Whilst this hostel is largely made up of shared dorms, there are also a couple of private rooms on offer if you fancy having some space to yourself.

    Psst! There’s even a twin dorm set aside especially for female travellers.

    No matter where you are in the property, FREE high-speed Wifi will follow you everywhere!

    If you’re travelling by car, make sure you ask the staff if there is availability in their limited car parking space. There’s a $25 per night fee.

    Location: An easy 10-minute walk from Wellington CBD and Wellington waterfront. All of the best sights are within easy reach from here!

    This is one of the best hostels in Wellington for

    • Backpackers
    Book Trek Global Backpackers here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

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    3. YHA Wellington

    YHA Wellington is the kind of hostel that accommodates a range of traveller types comfortably.

    That’s because of the wide choice of rooms, spacious layout and handy location of the property. The overall atmosphere is sociable yet not OTT.

    “This is everything an urban hostel should be!”

    It’s easily a good place to base yourself if you want affordable accommodation, yet have lots of plans of your own.

    Here are the room choices:

    • 4, 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms
    • 4-bed female dorm w/private bathroom
    • Single room (shared bathroom)
    • Twin room
    • Double room / Queen room
    • Family room (sleeps 6 people)

    Some of the mixed dorms also come with private bathrooms, so make sure you book the correct one.

    The huge common kitchen is a wonderful opportunity to save even more money and cook for yourself. Otherwise, enjoy good restaurants within easy walking distance.

    Looking for student hostels Wellington? We’d say YHA is the best hostel for supporting students because of the amenities and location.

    Location: Within easy walking distance of attractive bars, shops and theatres on Courtenay Place. It’s also easy to access the waterfront and Te Papa Museum.

    Book YHA Wellington here

    Check prices at:
    Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

    YHA Wellington Dorm

    YHA Wellington Room

    Best Hostels in Wellington for Solo Travellers?

    What is seriously the best hostel in Wellington for solo-travellers?

    Well, being a major city, it’s no surprise that all of the hostels in Wellington are good for solo travellers in one way or another.

    Let’s keep it simple and give you an overview:

    Looking for Wellington hotels? There are one more recommendation we have that offer both private and shared rooms: Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers – great common areas

    Party Hostels in Wellington

    Alright party lovers and fun seekers, shall we have a look at the best party hostels in Wellington?

    We actually have some sad news.

    The popular Base Backpackers Wellington hostel has permanently closed its doors. However! This hostel chain still has great Base hostels across the country (as well as Australia).

    In fact, you can find out more about Base Queenstown in our guide to the best hostels in Queenstown.

    To shed some sun rays on the disappointment, we’d like to mention Trek Global Backpackers Wellington here.

    Whilst this isn’t technically a party hostel, there are certainly fun times to be had thanks to the FREE in-house activities.

    The games area, with free pool and foosball, is a great place to meet new faces and show off your skills. Then there’s the BBQ area and outside patios.

    Note: There is an 11pm alcohol and noise curfew.

    Book Trek Global Backpackers here

    Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

    Trek Global Backpackers is one of the best hostels in Wellington, New Zealand

    As a second option, you could also consider staying at Nomads Capital Backpackers.

    Whilst the rooms are very basic, the atmosphere sure makes up for it if you’re keen to socialise and enjoy an on-site bar.

    A free dinner is also included!

    At the bar is where you can enjoy really good drinks and meal deals everyday, plus nightly activities to help breaking the ice even easier.

    Bonus: All rooms include security card access and reception is open 24/7.

    The fantastic nightlife just around the corner means you can continue the party when Nomads Capital Wellington starts to quieten down.

    Book Nomads Capital Backpackers here

    Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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    What about the cheapest hostels in Wellington ?

    Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Wellington .

    1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Wellington
    2. add your dates
    3. Order the listings by price

    Simple as that.

    Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

    Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

    Any Discounts?

    You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the freshest hostel discounts directly in your inbox. We even have special discount codes we only share in the newsletter.

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    How to book?

    The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

    We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

    Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

    We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Wellington best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

    The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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    Our Favorite Hostels in Wellington put on a map + sights

    Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Wellington hostels on a map.

    Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

    We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

    • Te Papa Museum
    • Wellington Cable Car
    • Zealandia >>> AWESOME!
    • Wellington Botanic Garden
    • Cuba Street

    Note: Zealandia is well worth a visit. It’s a big place so we suggest allowing for at least half a day, if not a full one.

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    FAQs about Wellington & New Zealand

    Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

    What are some accommodation and public transport options in Auckland and Wellington?

    The best and top accommodation options in Wellington are:

    1. The Marion Hostel - best for Solo Travellers
    2. Trek Global Backpackers - best for Backpackers
    3. YHA Wellington - best for Families

    Public transport options in Wellington include electric buses, commuter trains, ferries and funicular. It’s also super easy to explore the city on foot.

    As for Auckland? Check out our full guide to the best hostels in Auckland for more information.

    Can we get work easily in New Zealand?

    This depends on many factors, really! In regard to staying in Wellington and finding work, we recommend staying with The Marion Hostel. They offer long-term stay and free support in finding work.

    What are the best smaller towns and cities to visit in New Zealand?

    Hop on over to our epic guide the best hostels in New Zealand which includes all of the must-see destinations across the country, including smaller towns and cities.

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    Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Wellington.

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    Over to you

    Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

    Your question will help us to improve this Wellington guide.

    Last note: Our commitment

    This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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    A complete guide to the 3 best hostels in Wellington, New Zealand for solo travellers & backpackers

    CLOSED:  The Dwellington

    Update: Our former #1 hostel has sadly closed its doors. We keep this content here for your information.

    When it comes to the coolest hostel in Wellington, The Dwellington sits strongly in the #1 position. It is a 5 star hostel, after all! This is where style, cosy vibes and that homely feel blend together to create a luxurious and affordable backpackers hostel. Whilst it may not be the cheapest hostel, we can say with some confidence that it’s well worth the extra few dollars.

    Over half of the property has been dedicated to awesome common areas to ensure travellers have the optimum chance of meeting each other. These spaces include:

    • State-of-the-art cinema room w/Netflix
    • Games room
    • Outdoor spaces + BBQ area

    In the kitchen there is an impressive 5 meter long redwood dining table overlooking the tennis courts. It’s perfect for sharing meals with new friends, sipping coffee or catching up with some work.

    Extras: Free breakfast, fresh towels on demand, free parking & unlimited high-speed fibre free Wifi.

    Believe it or not, it doesn’t stop there – the bedrooms are something to write home about, too. There’s a wonderful selection: private double’s, twins, triples, family rooms & mixed/female dorms.

    They’ve all been designed in a way that resembles a familiar house vibe, with sturdy wooden bunks and colourful decor. The private rooms are particularly spacious. One of our team members, Amy, visited and wrote an honest full review of The Dwellington – check it our for even more reasons to book. Speak with the staff about sorting out a free shuttle service to the ferry terminal.

    Location: Situated in the historical suburb of Thorndon. There’s a handy supermarket a few minute walk away, and the bus station and train depot can be reached on foot in 10-minutes.

    This is one of the best hostels in Wellington for

    • Female solo travellers
    • Older travellers

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