Traveling round New Zealand, you’ll a variety of hostels in this small nation: decrepit, run-down chains; fashionable conglomerates; quirky, little family-owned locations; hip, fashionable flashpacker hostels, and every thing in between. And, throughout my time there, I attempted to remain at as many as I may, usually altering hostels each night time to perform this aim.
The hostel scene in the nation has vastly improved since I used to be there in 2010, and there are way more selection and high quality now. It’s a significantly better time to be traveler there and most of the hostels have stepped up their recreation in this aggressive surroundings.
Here are those the place everybody ought to keep throughout their journey:
This is likely one of the most wonderful hostels I’ve stayed at — ever! (And I’ve stayed at so much!) Nomads was among the finest when it opened in 2010 — and it’s nonetheless among the finest right now. Most rooms have balconies, the showers have prodigious water strain, and the pillows are thick (the supervisor instructed me they modify them each few months to maintain them fluffy — how’s that for service?). But what actually units this institution aside is the HUGE kitchen and customary space. There are actions each night time (together with a $10 pub crawl) and a free dinner and quiz night time on Sunday. Not one traveler I spoke to wished to depart.
Rainbow Lodge, Taupo
This is my second-favorite hostel in New Zealand. It’s a unusual impartial hostel with an enormous kitchen, huge frequent room, pool desk, outside grill and patio, pleasant employees, bike leases, and a free sauna. In brief, every thing a backpacker or finances traveler would need from a hostel. I had a stupendous time there and met a variety of solo vacationers who weren’t on one of many huge bus excursions. You bought extra of the “independent” traveler right here than the opposite hostels in city.
Kiwi Paka, Waitomo
This is a clear and well-kept hostel the place you may get a great night time’s sleep. It has an enormous outside porch overlooking the realm, is quiet, and the restaurant cooks up tasty and reasonably priced fare. But, what I actually liked, was the water strain in the showers (I believe it took a number of layers of pores and skin off!) and the truth that the dorms have single beds — no bunk beds right here! And the beds themselves are fairly comfy.
River Valley Lodge, River Valley
More like a lodge than a hostel, this can be a cease on the Kiwi Experience tour (you in all probability wouldn’t keep right here in any other case, except you have been on a romantic getaway or had cash to burn). What makes River Valley superior is its location: sitting exterior on the patio, listening to the river rush previous as you gaze out on the surrounding valley. Since there’s no mild air pollution right here, wanting up on the stars twinkling in the night time is breathtaking. Moreover, there’s a sauna and sizzling tub the place you’ll be able to relax and chill out. There are additionally some actually scenic hikes in the realm. This is the place you keep when you’re not on a finances, however, when you’re on a finances there are dorm rooms and tenting obtainable, too!
This is an superior fashionable hostel positioned proper in downtown Christchurch. The employees is pleasant and educated, the kitchen is large (and effectively cleaned), and there’s a pool desk, quick Wi-Fi, laundry, a parking zone, a group bulletin board, motion pictures, and cozy couches. The bedrooms are cleaned each day, and the beds, whereas not one of the best, are ok for an evening’s sleep. My solely criticism was that there weren’t a variety of showers on the ground I used to be on, and the unisex nature of them was little stunning after I walked in solely sporting boxers — however no matter, it’s a hostel!
Haka Lodge, Queenstown
The employees is right here is tremendous good and useful, the kitchen is large and clear, there’s a number of outside area to hang around on a heat night time, the beds are tremendous comfortable (I slept like a child), and also you get a variety of private area. I appreciated the lockers too, which remains to be a shocking rarity in this nation. The dorms are type of small, so anticipate cramped quarters, and it’s a must to cross the foyer to get to the showers, however past that, I’d keep there once more in a heartbeat. Book in advance, although, as Haka Lodge is REALLY in style and fills up weeks in advance, particularly throughout excessive season. (An outgrowth of a Haka Tours, that is one location out of many. I solely stayed at this one, however, from what I heard from everybody round, the others are simply as high-quality.)
Montrose, Franz Josef
The tiny city of Franz Josef sees sufficient guests to have three hostels subsequent to one another which might be all completely full. Out of the three, I discovered Montrose probably the most interesting. They had excessive water strain showers, clear bogs, thick partitions (so that you didn’t hear individuals at night time), and two kitchens and enormous frequent room, making it straightforward to prepare dinner and meet individuals. It felt so much homier than the opposite two hostels in city.
Mountain View Backpackers, Wanaka
This place made the listing for 3 causes: the company, the employees, and the yard. The employees is absolutely pleasant and take a look at laborious to get individuals to socialize and work together with one another. The hostel (a home, actually) has an enormous outside area with a grill, area to lie in the solar, and an enormous desk to congregate round (there have been many pleasing nights ingesting wine outdoor). And, because it’s one of many few hostels in city not linked to the large bus excursions, you meet a variety of impartial, solo vacationers. The services, nevertheless, are simply OK. The kitchen was one of the best stocked of any I got here throughout in the nation, but it surely was small and will get actually busy and cramped at meal occasions. The beds have been OK too, however the metallic frames creaked so much. Plus, there are not any lockers and the bogs want an entire redo (they have been actually gross). Still, I’d keep right here once more as a result of it’s the kind of place that fosters group, which, in a rustic the place hostels appear to have a really passive method to visitor relations, I discovered very good.
Bunkers Backpackers, Stewart Island
If you make your technique to Stewart Island (and it’s best to), discover this transformed home. The homeowners take great care of the place. You’ll discover comfortable beds, clear bogs, a number of kitchen area, a pleasant patio, and quick Wi-Fi. Stewart Island sees a variety of hikers, so persons are both drained from their multiday hike or resting up for it, so this hostel is fairly quiet — you’ll get a incredible sleep!
New Zealand has some unimaginable hostels to remain in, however to me, these are one of the best the nation has to supply. If you may have others so as to add, depart them in the feedback. If you’ve stayed in any of those, let me know what you assume too!
A be aware on the chains: YHA is all around the nation. They have very nice hostels, however you’ll be able to inform it’s a series. They are huge, company institutions that lack soul, locations individuals move by slightly than keep to satisfy different vacationers. I’d stick with them once more, however I by no means bought a group vibe. Base, a series I liked again in 2010, has gone down hill. Its Auckland location was worse than a roadside motel and a shell of its former self. I didn’t keep in every other Base hostels alongside the best way, however there was not one traveler I met that didn’t attempt to depart Base after their first night time. Nomads, which is owned by the identical firm, additionally has a big presence, however apart from its Queenstown hostel, I didn’t go to every other areas.