20 Best Hostels In South Island New Zealand
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The South Island of New Zealand is a nature lover's paradise, with picturesque fjords, snowcapped mountains, temperate rainforests, and black sand beaches. Add to that the seemingly endless amounts of activities like skydiving, bungy jumping, whale watching, and some of the world's best hiking and you’ve got yourself one hell of an adventure! 

Traveling on a budget does not mean staying in dark and cold bunk dorms for the length of your trip. After a massive day of road tripping or adventuring, you won’t have to break the bank finding somewhere to sleep. The South Island of New Zealand has a plethora of unique hostels run by locals who work hard every day to ensure those budget travelers have a great time in New Zealand and stay in some of the best hostels in the country.

The best hostels in South Island have a perfect setting for backpackers. You’re sure to meet people who are keen to swap their stories, and who can offer you advice on your next New Zealand experience. You might even make some new friends, and find someone new to share your next adventure with

To help you plan your trip, we've compiled a list of the best hostels on New Zealand's South Island. When you head to the north, don’t miss out on our list of the best hostels on the North Island.


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    JUCY Snooze Christchurch – Overall Best Hostel in Christchurch

    JUCY Snooze Christchurch has luxury privacy pods available. Each pod comes equipped with a privacy light and blinds, as well as temperature control, a charging port, a luggage locker, and wifi. Each room has eight pods, allowing you to have your own private mini room. 

    A queen room with a private bathroom is available for couples, and a twin room with an ensuite is available for friends. They make sure to have 24/7 reception and offer FREE airport shuttles.

    JUCY Snooze Christchurch is 5 miles from the center of Christchurch.

    How much does Jucy Snooze Christchurch cost?

    $33 - $104 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    JUCY Snooze Christchurch does not permit smoking in any of its rooms but allows smoking in designated areas.

    Car Parking

    Paid private parking on-site and street parking are available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include International Antarctic Centre (0.1 miles) and The Gallery, Ngatea (0.1 miles).

    Address: 5 Peter Leeming Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand

    Contact: +64800427736

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.4/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

    Amenities:

    • FreeWiFi
    • Vending machine
    • Board games/puzzles
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Airport transportation
    • 24-hour security
    • BBQ facilities

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    JUCY Snooze Christchurch


    Foley Towers - BBH – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Christchurch

    This is the place to go if you want to meet people in a quiet, relaxed, and welcoming environment. There aren't any backpacker bus crowds here, so there won't be any noisy parties! Foley Towers has two kitchens and two lounges, so cooking and meeting new people is a breeze. They also have two beautiful gardens with a variety of trees and flowers.

    Foley Towers BBH is 800 m from the centre of Christchurch.

    How much does Foley Towers - BBH cost?

    $23 - $50 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Foley Towers - BBH operates a no smoking policy in all areas, rooms, and dorms. 

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include City Putt and Cruise (0.2 miles), A Tribute to Firefighters (0.1 miles), and Cramner Square (0.2 miles).

    Address: 208 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-366 9720

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.7/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.7/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Currency exchange
    • Non-smoking hotel
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry


    Foley Towers - BBH

    Source: foleytowers.co.nz


    Jailhouse Accommodation – Best Budget Hostel in Christchurch

    Addington prison was active from 1874 to 1999 and transformed into a hostel in 2006. Since then, it has been voted Top Backpackers Hostel in Oceania and has become a must-stay place amongst adventure junkies. They offer private singles, doubles, twin bunks, and also dorms, as well as some larger rooms that can be used by families or groups.

    Jailhouse Accommodation is around 2 miles from the centre of Christchurch.

    How much does Jailhouse Accommodation cost?

    $28 - $50 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Jailhouse Accommodation does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include The Court Theatre (0.2 miles), Hagley Oval (0.7 miles), and Addington Cemetry (0.4 miles).

    Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-982 7777

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.5/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.5/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free internet
    • Coffee shop
    • Bicycle rental
    • Game room
    • Airport transportation
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage

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    Jailhouse Accommodation

    If you’re an independent solo traveler and looking to explore Christchurch in a more affordable way, you can check out the best hostels in Christchurch that are affordable on a backpacker's budget.

    YHA Lake Tekapo – Overall Best Hostel in Lake Tekapo

    Opened in April 2019, this brand-new state-of-the-art hostel is Tekapo's newest accommodation option, right on the lakefront. Private and multi-share rooms available, communal kitchen and lounges plus an adjoining cafe.

    YHA Lake Tekapo is 0.3 miles away from the center of Lake Tekapo.

    How much does YHA Lake Tekapo cost?

    $47 - $98 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    YHA Lake Tekapo does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Lake Tekapo (0.07 miles), Aotea Gifts Tekapo (0.05 miles), and Petronella's Gallery and Bookstore (0.2 miles).

    Address: 5 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-680 6857

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.8/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 9.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Board games/puzzles
    • Baggage storage
    • Self-serve laundry

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    YHA Lake Tekapo

    Source: yha.co.nz

    YHA Aoraki Mt Cook– Overall Best Hostel in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

    An inviting, solar-powered lodge nestled in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. After a day of exploring the magnificent mountains and natural beauty, guests appreciate returning home to a warm fire in the cozy lounge.

    5GB free WiFi, board games, movie lounge, cozy fire, guitars, in-house convenience store make this accommodation an exceptionally popular choice.

    YHA Mt Cook is 200 yards from the centre of Mount Cook Village.

    How much does YHA Aoraki Mt Cook cost?

    $48 - $88 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    YHA Mount Cook does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Hooker Valley Track (1.3 miles), Kea Point Track (0.5 miles), and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks (4.1 miles).

    Address: 4 Bowen Drive, Aoraki / Mount Cook 7946, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-435 1820

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.6/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.2/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Sauna
    • Breakfast available
    • Bicycle rental
    • Hiking
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage

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    YHA Aoraki Mt Cook


    Adventure Q2 Hostel – Overall Best Hostel in Queenstown

    Adventure Q2 Hostel is one of the best hostels in Queenstown. Q2 knows how to make your stay in Queenstown epic. They also serve as a tour booking service to help you see the best of New Zealand, with events ranging from rock climbing to wine tasting for all. 

    Q2 offers a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations, from mixed 6-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

    Adventure Q2 Hostel is 500 feet from the center of Queenstown.

    How much does Adventure Q2 Hostel cost?

    $23 - $76 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Adventure Q2 Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    No parking available.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include iFLY Queenstown (0.2 miles), Escape Quest Queenstown (0.1 miles), and Lake Wakatipu (0.1 miles).

    Address: 5 Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-927 4625

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.9/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 5/5
    • Booking.com: 9.3/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Baggage storage
    • Shared lounge / TV area
    • Laundry service


    Adventure Q2 Hostel

    Source: adventure-q2-hostel.business.site


    Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Queenstown

    Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel is a social and cultural hostel, great for couples or solo travelers.  A huge balcony/BBQ area with breathtaking views of Queenstown is also available at this backpacker accommodation. They have a variety of air-conditioned rooms available, ranging from shared 12-bed pods to double rooms with a shared bathroom.

    Tahuna Pod Hostel is 300 m from the centre of Queenstown.

    How much does Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel cost?

    $27 - $55 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms but allows smoking in designated areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.

    Address: 11 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-442 7052

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free breakfast
    • Bicycle rental
    • Hiking
    • Books, DVDs, music for children
    • Shuttle bus service

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    Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel


    Adventure Queenstown Hostel – Best Budget Hostel in Queenstown

    Adventure Queenstown hostel is one the most popular hostels in Queenstown and it provides a high level of comfort with personal service. With their new and modern, relaxed atmosphere, they offer a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations ranging from mixed 6-bed dormitories to twin rooms with a shared bathroom.

    Adventure Queenstown Hostel is 100 m from the centre of Queenstown.

    How much does Adventure Queenstown Hostel cost?

    $15 - $90 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Adventure Queenstown Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    No parking available.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include iFLY Queenstown (0.2 miles), Escape Quest Queenstown (0.09 miles), and Lake Wakatipu (0.1 miles).

    Address: 36 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3 409 0862

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.8/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 5/5
    • Booking.com: 9.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Rooftop terrace
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry service


    Adventure Queenstown Hostel

    Looking for more affordable backpacker hostels in Queenstown? Check out the best hostels in Queenstown to find accommodation suitable for you. 

    Wanaka Bakpaka Hostel – Overall Best Hostel in Wanaka

    Wanaka Bakpaka has a beautiful view overlooking Lake Wanaka and the mountains which can be enjoyed all year round. This is the only hostel on the lakefront overlooking Lake Wanaka and Mt Roy.

    The hostel has plenty of private rooms and 3,4 & 6-bed bunk rooms with shared bathroom facilities. 

    The hostel is a walking distance to some of Wanaka’s most famous attractions such as the “Tree in the Lake”, Cinema Paradiso, Mt Iron, and Puzzling world as well as the cute boutique shops Wanaka has to offer.

    Wanaka Bakpaka hostel is situated only a 5-10min walk away from the town centre, most cafes/restaurants, and the supermarket.

    How much does Wanaka Bakpaka Hostel cost?

    $39 - $43 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Wanaka Bakpaka does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Lake Wanaka (0.5 miles), Paradiso Cinema (0.6 miles), and Realm VR Wanaka (0.5 miles).

    Address: 117 Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-443 7837

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.6/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry


    Wanaka Bakpaka Hostel

    Source: www.wanakabakpaka.co.nz

    YHA Wanaka– Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Wanaka

    The hostel is in a great location, with views of Pembroke Park, the bay, and the mountains, making it easy to get to bars, restaurants, and the lakefront. A wide range of rooms are available, the majority of rooms have en-suites.

    Guests love its common area with stunning views and a lively atmosphere. This hostel offers a large fully equipped kitchen, a TV room, a reading room, and a great balcony area for soaking up some Otago sunshine. 

    YHA Wanaka is 150 yards from the centre of Wanaka.

    How much does YHA Wanaka cost?

    $51 - $100 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    YHA Wanaka Purple Cow does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking and street parking are available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Lake Wanaka (0.2 miles), Paradiso Cinema (0.07 miles), and Realm VR Wanaka (0.2 miles).

    Address: 94 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-443 1880

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.7/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.2/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Vending machine
    • Bicycle rental
    • Game room
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry service

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    YHA Wanaka


    Mountain View Backpackers Wanaka – Best Budget Hostel in Wanaka

    Mountain View Backpackers is a 31 beds accommodation and super close to town. They have an awesome sheltered garden, fresh herbs. Free Wifi, hairdryers, and all linen provided. Friendly and home-like, a great place to meet new people.

    Mountain View Backpackers is 550 m from the centre of Wanaka.

    How much does Mountain View Backpackers Wanaka cost?

    $39 - $43 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Mountain View Backpackers Wanaka does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Paradiso Cinema (0.2 miles), Realm VR Wanaka (0.3 miles), and Lalaland Wanaka (0.2 miles).

    Address: 7 Russell Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 800 112 201

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.3/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.1/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Beach
    • Bicycle rental
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Clothes dryer
    • Laundry service


    Mountain View Backpackers Wanaka

    Source: www.mtnview.co.nz

    Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers – Overall Best Hostel in Te Anau

    Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers, a warm, home-away-from-home atmosphere, is the only backpacker’s hostel located at the lakefront of stunning Lake Te Anau. An excellent starting point for exploring Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, and the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. 

    This hostel offers ensuites, double, twin, and shared rooms, all with all linen provided. Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is only a few minute’s walk to the town center where you will find a good selection of supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops. 

    Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is 550 yards from the centre of Te Anau.

    How much does Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers cost?

    $37 - $82 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Fiordland Cinema (0.4 miles), Lake Te Anau (0.5 miles), and Fiordland Escapes (0.3 miles).

    Address: 48/50 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-249 7713

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.3/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.5/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Game room
    • Hiking
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Self-serve laundry


    Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers

    Source: https://southlandnz.com

    Glow Worm Accommodation – Overall Best Hostel in Franz Josef

    Glow Worm is only a few minute’s walk to everything Franz Josef has to offer. You can book all your activities at its reception. Glow Worm offers dormitory rooms as well as private rooms on different levels with a cozy, homely atmosphere.

    Every room includes FREE unlimited WiFi, FREE breakfast, FREE homemade vegetable soup, FREE spa pool, FREE international phone calls, FREE BBQ facilities, and FREE popcorn.

    It is 0.06 miles away from the center of Franz Josef.

    How much does Glow Worm Accommodation cost?

    $34 - $85 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Glow Worm Accommodation does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.05 miles), Te Koha Gallery (0.1 miles), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.04 miles).

    Address: 27 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-752 0172

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.6/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Hot tub
    • Breakfast available
    • Game room
    • Hiking
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage

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    Glow Worm Accommodation

    Source: www.glowwormfranz.co.nz

    Rainforest Retreat – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Franz Josef

    Located opposite the world-famous Glacier Hot Pools and Glacier Guides Base, Rainforest Backpackers offers quality backpacking accommodation. It has accommodation to suit every need and budget.

    Rainforest Backpackers was architecturally designed and landscaped to merge into the existing rainforest environment whilst maximizing the awesome alpine and glacier views. Park sites are also on-site for campervans.

    Oscar and the team are here to look after your needs as well as offering FREE 24-hour in-room WIFI, FREE tea & coffee, FREE use of the biggest hot tub in NZ, FREE Scandinavian Sauna, and FREE HUGS. 

    It is 0.2 miles away from the center of Franz Josef.

    How much does Rainforest Retreat cost? 

    $38 - $130 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Rainforest Retreat does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.2 miles), Te Koha Gallery (0.3 miles), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.1 miles).

    Address: 46 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7856, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-752 0220

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.5/5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4
    • Booking.com: 8.8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free internet
    • Bar / lounge
    • Bicycle rental
    • Hiking
    • Children's playground
    • Kids' outdoor play equipment
    • Taxi service
    • Free Breakfast

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    Rainforest Retreat

    Source: rainforest.nz

    Bazil's Hostel And Surf School – Overall Best Hostel in Westport

    Bazil's Hostel & Surf School is your gateway to hiking, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, and caving adventures. Centrally located in town, close to bars, shops, and cafes.

    This hostel offers standard twin and double dorm rooms, fully self-contained rooms, campervan power sites, and tent sites.

    Book for five nights, you’d receive a free surf lesson.

    It is 0.2 miles away from the center of Westport.

    How much does Bazil's Hostel and Surf School cost?

    $20 - $51 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Bazils hostel & Surf School (Pet-friendly) does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

    Car Parking

    Free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Coaltown Museum (0.05 miles), NBS Theatre (0.1 miles), and Surf Fevah (0.10 miles).

    Address: 54/56 Russell Street, Westport 7825, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-789 6410

    Rating: 

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.1/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Fitness classes
    • Snack bar
    • Bicycle rental
    • Bicycles available
    • Kids' outdoor play equipment
    • Taxi Service

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    Bazil's Hostel and Surf School

    Source: www.bazils.com

    YHA Westport TripInn – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Westport

    Trip Inn caters to the budget-conscious independent tourist, as well as families and small to large groups, and has been described by many travelers as their most "home-like" experience away from home.

    This hostel offers double and twin rooms, some with an ensuite, a large common room, a fully equipped new kitchen, and modern laundry. Beautiful gardens, woodwork, and intricate pressed tin ceilings create a unique atmosphere.

    It is 0.1 miles away from the center of Westport.

    How much does YHA Westport TripInn cost? 

    $48 - $54 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 11:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    YHA Westport TripInn does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Coaltown Museum (0.2 miles), NBS Theatre (0.3 miles), and Surf Fevah (0.3 miles).

    Address: 72 Queen Street, Westport 7825, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-789 7367

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Luggage storage
    • Tour desk
    • Books, DVDs, music for children
    • Board games/puzzles
    • Self-serve laundry


    YHA Westport Trippin

    Source: www.yha.co.nz

    Kakapo Lodge – Overall Best Hostel in Hanmer Springs

    Kakapo Lodge has fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and is a great base for your family, tramping, or mountain-bike adventures.

    Large, well-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as free restricted WiFi, secure bike storage, and free parking, are all available. 

    Larger parties, family events, and school groups can be accommodated at Kakapo Lodge, making it an ideal place for families to visit and stay, with plenty of board games, books, and free DVDs to enjoy.

    It is 0.2 miles away from the center of Hanmer Springs.

    How much does Kakapo Lodge cost? 

    $21 - $82 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Kakapo Lodge does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa (0.2 miles), A Maze N Golf (0.2 miles), and Dog Stream Walkway (0.2 miles).

    Address: Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 800 782 952

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.5/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi, Board games
    • Books, DVDs, music for children
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Self-serve laundry
    • Express check-in/check-out


    Kakapo Lodge

    Source: yha.co.nz

    Oamaru Backpackers – Overall Best Hostel in Oamaru

    This tiny yet charming hostel in Oamaru is tastefully decorated to give you a flashpacker vibe. Like the pod hostel model, each dorm bed has a curtain, and the cozy lounge areas have wide windows with views of the Victorian Precinct and out to sea. Relax in the kitchen, where you can pick up some new herbs and vegetables to use in the package to make something delicious.

    It is 0.4 miles away from the center of Oamaru.

    How much does Oamaru Backpackers cost?

    $41 - $82 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Non-smoking rooms are available for guests.

    Car Parking

    Free parking and street parking are available to guests. 

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Whitestone City (0.2 miles), Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (0.2 miles), and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail (0.2 miles). 

    Address: 47 Tees Street, South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 21 190 0069

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.7/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 5/5
    • Booking.com: 9.1/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free breakfast
    • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
    • Shared kitchen
    • Laundry service (Additional charge)
    • Shared lounge/TV area


    Oamaru Backpackers

    Source: oamarubackpackers.co.nz

    Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers – Overall Best Hostel in Picton

    Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers strives to be the place where you feel at home, a place where you can relax and appreciate the hospitality of a bygone era. A location that provides luxurious backpacker accommodation along with a few love. 

    It is 0.2 miles away from the center of Picton. 

    How much does Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers cost?

    $38 - $82 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 11:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms but allows smoking in designated areas.

    Car Parking

    Street parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Picton Sound (0.2 miles), Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton (0.2 miles), and The National Whale Centre (0.2 miles). 

    Address: 75 High Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-929 3749

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.6/5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Board games/puzzles
    • Shared bathroom
    • Shared kitchen
    • Shared lounge / TV area
    • Laundry service

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    Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers

    Source: piwakalodge.nz

    Tasman Bay Backpackers – Overall Best Hostel in Nelson

    A 10-minute walk from Nelson city centre and Nelson Bus Depot, Tasman Bay Backpackers Nelson serves free hot chocolate pudding and ice cream every evening. Guests can relax in the hammock in the garden or explore Nelson using one of the hostel’s free bicycles.

    It is 0.6 miles away from the center of Nelson. 

    How much does Tasman Bay Backpackers cost?

    $36 - $48 USD (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room). Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Smoking Policy

    Tasman Bay Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

    Car Parking

    Free parking is available to guests.

    Nearby popular attractions: Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.4 miles), Centre of New Zealand (0.4 miles), and Nelson Saturday Market (0.6 miles).

    Address: 10 Weka Street, The Wood, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

    Contact: +64 3-548 7950

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.5/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10 
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.2/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycles available
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Tasman Bay Backpackers

    Source: tasmanbaybackpackers.co.nz


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