New Zealand Hostels?
It’s not that difficult to find Hostels throughout New Zealand every city has several of them finding a hostel you feel comfortable and safe while sleeping in them is another matter.
You don’t want to stress over theft or bed bugs or sharing a Dorm with drunk unwashed locals, like it is a halfway house in the slow season…
This article gives actionable tips on how to avoid nightmare hostels, so you don’t wake up in a cold sweat every hour!
These two links to Booking.com will get you started in your search for that Magical Cheap New Zealand Hostel.
Hostels in New Zealand
The good Backpackers offer cheap, safe, clean accommodation, priceless local information, and are a great place to relax… Or they can be a total dump.
Sorting the good from the bad before booking is key.
To find the better hostels you need to put away your guidebook and do a little research online, “Lonely Planet Guide Book” works fine when searching for things to do…
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When it comes to budget accommodation Guide Books tend to be nothing but paid adverts and most likely are a little out of date.
If you are trying to find “Clean Cheap Accommodation” you can’t go past reviews from happy or not so happy travellers that have lived the Dream or Woken to find a rat chewing on your backpack!
Research or inside knowledge is needed if you hope to avoid blood-sucking Bed Bugs! or Sleepless Nights due to all night snorers crammed into crappy 12-bed dorms…
Hostel Reviews are your best friend – in your initial quest for the perfect cheap place to sleep, once you are in New Zealand other travelers you meet along the way will be your 2nd best source of up to date information on the “Best Hostel Deals” – you can’t beat word of mouth.
Something to keep in mind. Kiwi’s love to open backpackers. New hostels pop up throughout New Zealand every few months most are great with friendly helpful staff… though even well run hostels can disappear, change ownership or quickly turn to crap… all in less than a year. How accurate is your guide book when it comes to finding a good cheap accommodation? – if it takes more than a year to be listed in most backpacker guides!
But there is an answer…
The internet has become No.1 for discovering hostels.
You will find recent reviews and accurate descriptions and various prices for large numbers of New Zealand Hostels, the reviews alone make interesting reading.
Not always polite but they are useful!
If you are hoping to see the real New Zealand and get off the beaten track it becomes a little more difficult to find that perfect room.
The internet won’t be much help to you once you go feral – you will need more luck than research.
As a backup you should consider becoming self-sufficient – buy a tent a couple of cooking pots plus a cheap gas burner to cook on…
Then you can take advantage of our many free or very cheap DOC camping area’s…
Hostels or Farm Stay’s in the more remote areas may not be using mainstream advertising. But you may learn of them from other travellers or possibly find their pamphlets in tourist information centers as you travel New Zealand…
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If you looking for a uniquely New Zealand experience these smaller hard to find hostels are well worth the effort they are normally family run and friendly – a great source of local knowledge.
As well they are a priceless insight into “Real New Zealand.”
Usually they are found in out of the way country areas on large sheep & cattle stations or a converted house in the less traveled tourist spots or hiking areas.
For those of you that are happiest in a City, the best hostel deals are often the large chain hostels, but not always, so research is still key, read a few reviews… if you take the time to search you may just find a gem of a hostel in each of our major cities…