New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking for adventure, culture or relaxation, there are plenty of hostels in New Zealand that can help you achieve your goals. Here are some of our favorites:


Urbanz is a hostel located in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s located in the heart of the city and has a great location, close to the main attractions and restaurants. The atmosphere at Urbanz is different than most other hostels as there are many bars around it where you can hang out or meet other travelers.

The common area has an outdoor pool table that is used by guests all day long! You can also find an indoor lounge area with couches where you can relax after exploring Auckland on foot or by bike (which we did).

Nomads Queenstown

Nomads Queenstown is a hostel located in Queenstown, New Zealand. It’s the perfect location for travelers who want to explore the local area and see some amazing sights.

Nomads has a great selection of dorm rooms and private rooms, as well as an on-site bar where you can enjoy drinks after your adventure. The hostel also offers free breakfast every morning, along with many other amenities like laundry facilities and bikes available for rent (for $5/day).

The staff at Nomads is super friendly! They’ll help you plan your trip around Queenstown or even just provide general advice on what to do while visiting this beautiful part of New Zealand.

Haka Lodge Fox Glacier

Located in Fox Glacier, Haka Lodge is a great place to stay if you’re interested in exploring the area. The hostel has a bar and restaurant on-site, as well as a pool table and games room. There is also laundry facilities available at this hostel.

Fat Cat Accommodation

Fat Cat Accommodation is a backpacker hostel in Wanaka, New Zealand. It has a pool, spa and sauna on site, so you can relax while you’re here. Fat Cat Accommodation is located near Wanaka’s town centre and lake—so it’s close to all amenities! The bar and restaurant are open during the day if you want to grab a snack or meal before your night out.

Funkhouse Backpackers

Funkhouse Backpackers is located in the center of town, so you can visit this hostel and walk to most attractions. The vibe at Funkhouse is very relaxed and friendly, with a large common room where you can hang out with other travelers or watch TV on the big screen TV.

You’ll find affordable prices for your stay here; however, it’s worth noting that there’s no AC or heating in your dorm rooms—so if you’re looking for something more comfortable than bunk beds (and who isn’t?), they might not be right for you! But if warm weather isn’t an issue for you then I recommend checking out their air conditioning options instead!

This place has free wifi throughout all its different areas which makes it easy to get connected whenever needed- even when traveling solo like me!

Best spots to stay while backpacking in NZ.

Hostels are a great way to meet people, save money and get advice on where to go and what to do.

Hostel life is full of free activities that you can’t do anywhere else. Whether you want to go out in the city or relax by yourself in the hostel common room, there are always things happening at hostels!

Hostel life is also unique because it allows travelers from all over the world come together without having to worry about language barriers or being lonely due low population density in certain regions like New Zealand’s South Island where locals tend not speak English very well (unless they have studied abroad).


We hope this list has given you some ideas of where to stay while backpacking in New Zealand. Whatever your budget or style, there’s a hostel out there for you! We want to know what hostels you’ve stayed at, so feel free to leave us a comment below as well so we can add them to our list of best places to stay while visiting these amazing countries!