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 …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
want to avoid the “young party kids”
happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Honestly: We personally 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.
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.
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.
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
Modern kitchen w/seating areas
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.
Of course, we’ll always go with our #1 hostel, The Dwellington. We highlight this as a top place for female solo travellers because of the female dorms, but actually, all solo travellers can enjoy the perks of this gorgeous 5 star hostel.
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