10 BEST Hostels in Wellington (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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The capital of New Zealand sits on the north shore of the north island and makes for a logical starting point for a road trip of this adventurous country. The small city of Wellington has a buzzing downtown district, with plenty of museums, art galleries and theatres to keep you entertained.

The coffee shop and craft beer scene is REAL here, and there are a load of creative kids doing their thing which makes for a pretty fun atmosphere. And just nearby is a load of rocky wilderness to explore.

But you gotta ask yourself: are you in Wellington for just a couple of nights for a jumping off point, or do you need somewhere to stay on a more… long-term basis? There’s big range from super chic to basic beds.

Don’t worry! We’ve sorted through the best hostels in Wellington and put ’em into neat categories so you can find the best one to suit you and what you plan to do in the city.

So without further ado let’s take a look through what this cool city has to offer!

 

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Wellington

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tbb2-table__image Best Overall Hostel in WellingtonBest Overall Hostel in WellingtonThe Marion

  • $$$
  • (Huge) Communal Kitchen
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • $$$
  • (Huge) Communal Kitchen
  • Outdoor Terrace
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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in WellingtonBest Party Hostel in WellingtonNomads Capital Backpackers

  • $$
  • Free Food
  • Jobs Board
  • $$
  • Free Food
  • Jobs Board
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in WellingtonBest Hostel for Solo Travelers in WellingtonTrek Global

  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Pool Table
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Pool Table
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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in WellingtonBest Cheap Hostel in WellingtonYHA Wellington

  • $
  • Late Check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • $
  • Late Check-out
  • Luggage Storage
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in WellingtonBest Hostel for Couples in WellingtonThe Dwellington

  • $$$
  • Tennis Court
  • Cinema Room
  • $$$
  • Tennis Court
  • Cinema Room
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in WellingtonBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in WellingtonLodge in the City

  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Jobs Board
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Jobs Board
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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in WellingtonBest Hostel with a Private Room in WellingtonThe Setup Dixon

  • $$
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Gym Pass (It’s Next Door)
  • $$
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Gym Pass (It’s Next Door)
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Best Hostels in Wellington

 

Best Hostels in Wellington

Below are the very best backpacker lodges in Wellington, for every type of travel there is. Pick your favorite and then hit the town!

If you’d like to know more about this windy city, head over to our in-depth backpacking Wellington guide. It’s full of useful information and hippy-dippy shit, the kind that Welly’s love.

 

Best Overall Hostel in Wellington – The Marion

The Marion best hostels in Wellington

The Marion is our pick for best overall hostel in Wellington

– $$$
– (Huge) Communal Kitchen
– Outdoor Terrace
– Laundry Facilities

No, unfortunately, it’s not The Marriott – it’s The Marion. However, it’s still the best overall hostel in Wellington. For a number of reasons actually. First off it’s BRAND NEW and right in the centre of Wellington, meaning it’s clean and with top-notch facilities whilst being close to all the fun stuff going on in the city.

This Wellington backpackers hostel is also very stylishly decorated, think wood panelled walls and exposed brick. Y’know, that sorta thing. The environment here feels safe and welcoming, which is always a plus. Basically, it’s a proper luxurious hostel. We literally love it.

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Best Party Hostel in Wellington – Nomads Capital Backpackers

Nomads Capital Backpackers best hostels in Wellington

Nomads Capital Backpackers is our pick for best party hostel in Wellington

– $$
– Free Food
– Jobs Board
– BBQ

If you’re looking for free stuff, this place has a whole load of perks. There’s free breakfast, free tea, free coffee, free DINNER even, and on top of that, there’s drinks deals and fun nightly activities. Is that enough to make it the best party hostel in Wellington? We think so.

So, yeah, there’s no bar, but there’s one literally next door that’s busy with a lively atmosphere a lot of the time. The vibe is one of those that’s conducive to getting a whole load of new mates together to hit the town. As a plus, it’s clean and professionally run.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Wellington – Trek Global

Trek Global best hostels in Wellington

Trek Global is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Wellington

– $$
– Bicycle Hire
– Laundry Facilities
– Pool Table

It’s the kinda place where lots of friendly people stay, and the kinda place where a lot of lovely staff work. Yep, these things definitely add up to the best hostel for solo travelers in Wellington. They also put on free events so you can get to know other people and the staff are super happy to help you at all times.

This Wellington backpackers hostel is also located in the heart of Wellington, meaning you don’t have to travel into town by yourself a long way, you can literally just wander around the local area to find some cool stuff – or go out with some newly made friends. Solid solo choice.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Wellington – YHA Wellington

YHA Wellington best hostels in Wellington

YHA Wellington is our pick for best cheap hostel in Wellington

– $
– Cafe
– Late Check-out
– Luggage Storage

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s clean and with friendly staff where you can stay a few nights, well, this is the best option. Very affordable and with great value for money, this branch of YHA is the best cheap hostel in Wellington.

You can also save money here because it’s pretty central, so you don’t have to spend anything on public transport. There’s a big ol’ industrial communal kitchen at this budget hostel in Wellington so you can make your own meals on the cheap.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Wellington – The Dwellington

The Dwellington best hostels in Wellington

The Dwellington is our pick for best hostel for couples in Wellington

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Tennis Court
– Cinema Room

We love the genius simplicity of this name – already we’re probably biased about this place, but oh well. You will NOT regret choosing to stay at the Dwellington: it’s a clean and very cool hostel in Wellington that’s set in a big ol’ house.

You can enjoy meals around the 5-metre-long redwood dining table, having a knock-about on the tennis court, and watching a movie together in the cinema room. There are different sized private rooms on offer here – the best hostel for couples in Wellington, plus you can wake up and chow down on a free breakfast together. Romantic stuff.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Wellington – Lodge in the City

Lodge in the City best hostels in Wellington

Lodge in the City is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Wellington

– $
– Outdoor Terrace
– Pool Table
– Jobs Board

Are you a remote worker looking to get some work done in Wellington? Look no further than Lodge in the City. This is easily the best hostel for digital nomads in Wellington, thanks to its computer desks and the generally loads of space to work on your laptop.

This Wellington backpackers hostel is good value for money, but it’s probably best to choose a private room (especially if you’re thinking about working the next morning) since the dorms can be… a little noisy.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Wellington – The Setup Dixon

The Setup Dixon best hostels in Wellington

The Setup Dixon is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Wellington

– $$
– Luggage Storage
– Communal Kitchen
– Free Gym Pass (It’s Next Door)

If you’re not looking to socialize with other people you probably couldn’t pick a better Wellington backpackers hostel than this one. In fact, it’s not very backpacker-y at all – think white walls, fresh white sheets, minimalism and long corridors. Sorta like a… hotel… hostel… thing.

It does have dorms and a shared kitchen, and sure it may be a little clinical, but the private rooms here are pretty darn decent. So that’s why it’s the best hostel with a private room in Wellington. It’s also very quiet if you like that. But if you don’t like that, it’s in a cool area with bars in the vicinity.

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More Best Hostels in Wellington

 

Worldwide Backpackers

Worldwide Backpackers best hostels in Wellington

Worldwide Backpackers

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
– Book Exchange

It might be a small place, but this recommended hostel in Wellington is really cute and homely. We can’t help but like it. Even the building, like a traditional old house, is cute. To match this, the staff are super nice.

Not exactly a party hostel in Wellington, it’s in a great location just a 10 min walk from Cuba Street, which is where you’ll find all the action of the city. The owners are relaxed and there are quizzes and activities to make for a very nice atmosphere indeed. We approve.

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The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers

The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers best hostels in Wellington

The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers

– $
– Communal Kitchen
– Early Check-in
– Bar

Inside an updated heritage building (you KNOW we like those) in the centre of the city, this is a mix between a hotel and cheap backpacker accommodation. As if you couldn’t tell that from the name already.

The dorms at this Wellington backpackers hostel aren’t the… nicest available in town – a little basic, perhaps – but the location more than makes up for that. It’s right in the centre of town, which is great for getting out to explore what Wellington has to offer.

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers best hostels in Wellington

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

– $$
– Pool Table
– Travel/Tours Desk
– 24 Hour Reception

Right in front of the train station, this top hostel in Wellington is super well situated for anyone needing to use the train, bus – or ferry. Which is great if you like convenience. There’s also an in-house cafe here, which means even more convenience.

Everything at this place is generally run pretty smoothly by the professional staff. Rooms are light and clean (but basic), and the privates a little more spacious. But it DOES have a log fire and a pub with a pool table, which definitely sounds alright to us. A classic budget backpackers place, we reckon.

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Why you should travel to Wellington

Those were the best hostels in Wellington. And there’s a ton of choice, from the more expensive to the more affordable.

But no matter what you want, we reckon you’ll be able to find something to suit you.

Our handy guide for the best Wellington backpacker hostels runs through the spectrum from super trendy to little B&B style places, so there’s a lot of choice.

And if it feels like too much choice? Don’t panic! Just go for our top pick for the best overall hostel in Wellington, The Marion, a sure winner for any backpacker visiting the city.

For the rest of your backpacking New Zealand adventures, check out this post on the best hostels in New Zealand.

Get ready for the adventure trip of a lifetime – this is just the beginning!

The Marion best hostels in Wellington

 

Travel Safety Tips for Wellington

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More Epic Hostels in New Zealand and Oceania

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Wellington.

Planning an epic trip all across New Zealand or even Oceania itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

For more cool hostel guides around Oceania, check out:

 

Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Wellington has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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