Fortunately for you, this lot come recommended by fellow backpackers.

Meet the finalists for ‘Best Accommodation – New Zealand’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…


Adventure Queenstown Hostel

Adventure Queenstown Hostel offers boutique and homely hostel accommodation, which is truly owned and run by intrepid travellers. Centrally located in the heart of Queenstown, the hostel prides itself on providing a high level of comfort with personal service. An owner-run hostel, they provide staff that have travelled the world and can understand the tricky situations encountered when travelling. With a quality of furnishing not always seen in hostels, the company gives a lot at little cost.


Base Auckland

Base Auckland hostel is located in the heart of the city – central to shops, cafés, museums, Sky tower and only a few minutes’ walk to train, bus and ferry terminals. The airport bus (Airbus) stops right outside the door. The quality backpacker hostel offers comfy beds in a clean, modern and secure environment. Facilities include a 24-hour reception, patrolled security, swipe card access, high speed wireless internet café, large modern kitchen with communal area and laundry, luggage storage, 2 Sky TV lounges, travel centre’s, and home to Globe Bar.


Budget Backpackers Hostel NZ

Independently owned and operated, BBH self-catering budget accommodation can be found almost everywhere in NZ. BBH accommodation welcomes travellers of all nationalities and ages. Unlike a hotel, BBH offers a personal experience where you can interact with the owner. The average BBH has just 36 beds, so chances are, the person who owns the hostel will check you in and probably out when you move on – and you’ll likely be remembered when you return.


Copperbeech Backpackers

Travellers consider Copperbeech Backpackers a home away from home because of the relaxed, fun and homey atmosphere. There are great rates for long-term stays and the owners can help you to find work in Blenheim. Features include free coffee and tea, cosy lounge with open fire, a giant garden to play and relax in, free laundry, and extensive book/DVD library and lots of weekly activities, including free wine tours.


Downtown Backpackers

The historic Hotel Waterloo was chosen to host the Queen’s entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour of New Zealand. When the hotel was converted for budget accommodation, the luxuries remained. Downtown Backpackers has a different feel to that of other budget accommodation properties in Wellington and New Zealand. Facilities such as private tiled bathrooms in most of the double, twin and single rooms, elegant staircases, high ceilings… and you can’t go past sampling the menu in the on-site café that is located in the old hotel’s ballroom. Fancy.


Haka Lodge

Haka Lodge specialises in providing upmarket New Zealand hostels at affordable rates. The policy is to provide guests with more for less. Haka Lodge hostels stand out from the crowd thanks to friendly staff, clean and modern facilities, spacious accommodation and a relaxed atmosphere. A small, Kiwi-owned company, Haka Lodge has a strong sustainability ethos, including live worm farms to recycle food waste. Haka Lodge Christchurch is surrounded by large native trees and gardens and centrally located Haka Lodge Queenstown has breath taking views of the surrounding mountains.


Jucy Hotel

Jucy Hotel offers friendly, quality accommodation at competitive prices right in heart of Auckland City. Within walking distance to Vector Arena, as well as all major attractions and main transport hubs, Jucy Hotel combines the best of budget and hotel-style accommodation with 60 rooms ranging from contemporary twin, double or triple rooms with ensuites, to standard single, double and triple rooms with shared bathroom facilities.


LKNZ Lodge

LKNZ lodge is located in the township of Ohakune, with restaurants and bars, a supermarket and shops all within a two-minute walk. Situated on the doorstep of the Tongariro National Park, LKNZ provides quality accommodation to suit all budgets, from kitchenette en-suite rooms, flash packer rooms to budget dorm beds spread over three lodges. In winter, Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields are the largest in New Zealand and receive the most annual snowfall on average. In the summer you can canoe, river raft, do the Tongariro Crossing, or even climb Mt Ruapehu or Mt Ngauruhoe.



Nomads Backpackers is known as one of the coolest and funkiest backpackers in New Zealand. The hostels are jam-packed with surprising luxuries such as a free-to-use spa and sauna, rooftop kitchen and sundeck in their Auckland branch. Nomads has top facilities, from deluxe en-suite private rooms with a TV, to elegantly appointed shared accommodation with crisp, clean linen. The Mad Travel Shop located at the Auckland hostel is not only a great place to plan your trip and get some help finding a job, you can also chill out on the beanbags, play some foosball, watch a movie, use freeWi-Fi or just read a book.


Pacific Coast Lodge & Backpackers

Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers is located close to the beautiful shores of Mount Maunganui Beach. Pacific Coast can cater for one-night stays to weekly boarders looking for work, and are perfectly situated if you’re in Mount Maunganui for a sporting event, as it is situated close to Bay Park Stadium. The hostel is just minutes from downtown Mount Maunganui, and only 500m from the beach.


Ponsonby Backpackers

Ponsonby Backpackers is a cosy, comfortable, and safe traveller’s hostel offering warm and friendly budget accommodation right in the heart and soul of Ponsonby. Cafes and bars, arts and crafts, restaurants, fashion designers and a wide variety of boutique establishments are all within a short stroll of the hostel. Ponsonby Backpackers is one of the best Backpackers Hostel Accommodation in Auckland and has received many great reviews on TripAdvisor and on HostelBookers.


Trek Global Backpackers

Trek Global is the friendly, fun backpackers in the heart of Wellington. Whether you’re en route to an adrenaline-driven destination or fancy a few days to explore the culture capital of NZ, stay at Trek and make it your home for the night or week! Whether you are flying solo or travelling with friends, the aim at Trek Global is to provide you with a memorable Wellington experience while giving you a homely and friendly base to explore from. Join in the free in-house activities, take advantage of the extensive facilities or hire a bike and see what the capital has to offer.


YHA Auckland

YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment. A fully equipped kitchen, relaxed dining room, comfortable TV room, spacious sundeck and barbecue area, laundry and luggage storage facilities and free accommodation and travel service, make this four-star Qualmark rated hostel an awesome place to stay. Located at the top of Queen Street in the heart of Auckland, the YHA Auckland City hostel provides easy access to the city centre and is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.