Ultimate List of The Best Hostels in New Zealand

List of The Best Hostels in New Zealand : Updated for 2018 @PureNewZealand

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Note: This article is updated in March 2018!

Providing you the ultimate list of the BEST HOSTELS IN NEW ZEALAND – includes rates, locations and great reviews that will definitely help you with your stay anywhere in New Zealand!

In this article, you will find the following – Best hostels in Auckland; Best hostels in Queenstown; Best hostels in Christchurch; Best hostels in Wellington; Best hostels in Rotorua; Best hostels in Taupo; Best hostels in Nelson; Best hostels in Wanaka; Best hostels in Franz Josef; and Best hostels in Paihia.

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The Best Hostels in Auckland

Airport Skyway Lodge

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Price: Dorms from $42.20 whilst Privates from $35.05

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Airport Skyway Lodge is a family owned hostel run with a very homey atmosphere. It is VERY clean, comfortable and close to the airport and shops. It is reasonably priced with varying levels of accommodation from shared dorm rooms, to private rooms with en suite. Scott and Myki are great hosts, available to help with any of your travel related needs. Definitely recommended, this hostel is truly one of the best hostels in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Queenstown

Absoloot Value Accommodation

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Price: Dorms from $19.31 whilst Privates from $32.10

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: A hostel with a great lake view, Absoloot Value Accommodation is just perfect. Hostel has very reasonable price, clean, and has excellent facilities – nice modern kitchen, great dorm beds and double glazed windows with modern shutters. They even provide free airplugs for the noise below (or snoring roommates) and the showers are good too. Staff is helpful and friendly too. A hostel with the best location making it one of the best hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Nomads Queenstown

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Price: Dorms from $20.03 whilst Privates from $39.34

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Nomads Queenstown is a fantastic hostel in the centre of Queenstown. It’s a great hostel with helpful staff, clean rooms and a fun atmosphere. Room is a great size, well presented, clean and comfy. There is also a nice large kitchen and dining room area and couches in the common area. Cleanliness, atmosphere and affordability, it is truly one of the best hostels in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Christchurch

The Old Countryhouse

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Price: Dorms from $29.99 whilst Privates from $49.98

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: The Old Countryhouse is a homely hostel with separate houses set within very cute grounds including a spa pool. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The place is also very clean. There is also a lounge area with games and books and comfy sofas.The kitchens are tidy and are supplied with plenty of cooking utensils the rooms are not over crowded. A great place to stay with clean and nice atmosphere, it is definitely one of the best hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand.

All Stars Inn on Bealey

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Price: Dorms from $23.56

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: All Stars Inn on Bealey feels like a brand new hostel that has more of a hotel feel to it. It smells new, is very clean and very quiet. Hostel is just off the main road behind the speights ale house which has great meals, good beers and atmosphere. Rooms are very clean, great bathrooms and free WiFi. Bed is comfortable and facilities are great. Highly recommend, it is truly one of the best hostels in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Wellington

Nomads Capital Backpackers

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Price: Dorms from $17.14 whilst Privates from $33.92

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Nomads Capital Backpackers has the perfect location which is right off of Cuba Street. Harbour and the city are just around the corner. It’s nearby many museum’s and galleries, including the famous te Papa museum. Also, it is located next to the always entertaining Cuba street. As to the room, it’s spacious and clean and the beds are comfortable. Bathrooms are close to the rooms and they are pretty clean, has few stalls which is more private. With its perfect location, it is definitely one of the best hostels in Wellington, New Zealand.

YHA Wellington City

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Price: Dorms from $21.42 whilst Privates from $33.56

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: It’s a hostel handy for city centre and all tourist attractions – close to local night life and places to eat, big supermarket across the road. It is close to harbour front, shopping areas, Mount Victoria and just about anything you could possibly want to see. Place is surprisingly clean, WiFi works pretty good and the staff is friendly. With its excellent location, it’s an all round great place to stay and truly one of the best hostels in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Rotorua

Crash Palace

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Price: Dorms from $12.14 whilst Privates from $17.85

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Crash Palace is a fantastic hostel. It has  good facilities such as a spa pool, good lockers etc. Hostel got theme nights and a few chilled out common areas throughout the ground floor as well as a cosy outdoor area. The communal kitchens are well stocked too with everything from pots and pans to spices. The social areas are really good with lots of outdoor seating and selection of DVDs. Reliable WiFi is also provided. Overall, it’s a great place for backpackers and definitely one of the best hostels in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo

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Price: Dorms from $18.56

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Haka Lodge Taupo is a hostel with a relaxed atmoshphere. Rooms are wonderful where you got your own courtain, so you can sleep peacefully, and your own power station in the bed. They even have Netflix! People at the reception are friendly and helpful. Hostel has plenty of space to move around, in the kitchen and lounge area. It is tidy clean and has green outdoors surroundings. Fantasticaly good, it is definitely one of the best hostels in Taupo, New Zealand.

YHA Taupo – Finlay Jacks Backpackers

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Price: Dorms from $18.56

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: This hostel is in a great location, close to all the attractions. From the moment you walk into the reception, you feel very invited, warm and welcome. There is a great community and holiday atmosphere with several picnic tables in the yard and a patio for eating outside the kitchen or enjoying a few drinks with friends in the evening. The location was pretty good and close to everything. The rooms and bathrooms are clean, the beds are comfortable and the staff is awesome. Excellent central budget accommodation, definitely one of the best hostels in Taupo, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Nelson

YHA Nelson by Accents

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Price: Dorms from $24.99

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Great location, YHA Nelson by Accents is centrally located to everything you could want for planning to get into the park, amenities, bus terminal or entertainment and shopping. Impressive clean facilities – spotless bathrooms, good water pressure of the showers and enough room to change in. The place is also very spacious so it never feels really crowded even with lots of people staying there in the common areas. Great location and facilities, it is truly one of the best hostels in Nelson, New Zealand.

The Custom House

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Price: Dorms from $18.56

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Compared to other hotel/bnb rates in Nelson, this is the cheapest and best by a mile. It is located a bit out of the way but nice for a visit to the Boat Shed which is a quality restaurant nearby on the waterfront.  It is clean, comfortable and well decorated so it has a great feel. The kitchen facilities to cook your own food are “restaurant” quality. It has all the facilities you need – parking, free washing machines, SKY on the large flat screen TV, free internet, pool table, full bar and lots of corners to socialise or get away from others to read a book etc. Quality hostel, it’s definitely one of the best hostels in Nelson, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Wanaka

YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

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Price: Dorms from $21.42 whilst Privates from $30.35

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Excellent accommodation in a very handy location to everything that Wanaka offers. Hostel is very clean and offers everything required. Great location,  It’s across the road from the super market, a further minute or two and your in town. Everything is kept to high standards. Kitchen is extremely well designed and always kept super clean, beds super comfy, staff extremely friendly and helpful. It makes an excellent base for hikers/trampers of all ages, so many nice views to go for. Definitely recommended and truly one of the best hostels in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Flying Kiwi Backpackers

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Price: Dorms from $19.28 whilst Privates from $24.99

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Flying Kiwi Backpackers is really a cosy hostel, very homely. It’s clean and has a nice patio area. Location is good, just 5 mins walk to the town center and both puzzling world and mount iron just a 15 minute walk away. Lovely outside space with picnic benches in the sun and a free herb garden. The staff is friendly and the place is clean, warm and always filled with friendly people. Definitely recommended for budget travelers, it is truly one of the best hostels in Wanaka, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Franz Josef

Franz Josef Montrose

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Price: Dorms from $17.14 whilst Privates from $26.78

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Franz Josef is well located being on the side closest to the glacier. It’s a 5min walk to the supermarket, 10min walk to the info center and 1.5-2hr hike to the foot of the glacier. It’s a very well-managed and welcoming place. Great facilities for self catering as well, comfy rooms, beds and great communal dining/living room. Pleasant, quiet stay, highly recommendable and truly one of the best hostels in Franz Josef, New Zealand.

Sir Cedrics Glow Worm Flashpacker Hostel

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Price: Dorms from $18.56 whilst Privates from $21.42

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: Sir Cedrics Glow Worm Flashpacker Hostel is a really nice backpackers near Franz Josef glacier. Beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains from the kitchen/dining area windows. It’s an awesome hostel with great staff. Free international call, free soup, free pub crawl and there is even a hot tub. It is very good value for money, definitely one of the best hostels in Franz Josef, New Zealand.

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The Best Hostels in Paihia

Bay Adventurer Apartments and Backpackers Resort

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Price: Dorms from $18.21 whilst Privates from $11.42

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: It’s a great place to stay for a backpacker, with lots of people to meet and relax with in the day and evenings. Hostel has many facilities including an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub that are cleaned regularly, use of the tennis courts, as well as having 2 kitchens with the equipments. The location is ideal as it is just a short 5min walk from the local supermarket and on the same road as the bars for the evening. Friendly staff, good facilities, chilled environment, definitely one of the best hostels in Paihia, New Zealand.

YHA Bay of Islands Paihia

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Price: Dorms from $22.13

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Why is it one of the best hostels in New Zealand?

FAMOUS FOR: YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is a lovely cozy place with an amazing staff. They provide helpful information about the places to see around the bay of islands. Location is super convenient to find and close to shops, cafes and the beach. This is a great hostel with all the facilities you need within a short walk of the town centre and with bars and eateries close by. Great central location near the beach making it one of the best hostels in Paihia, New Zealand.

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