New Zealand Hostels

How Do You Find A Good Hostel ?

North IslandNew Zealand Hostels can offer budget travellers… cheap, safe, clean accommodation or they can be a total nightmare ? Sorting the good from the bad before you book is key – a few tips to do just that !

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when searching for things to do… but when it comes to budget accommodation they tend to be paid adverts and a little out of date,

If you are looking for cheap accommodation you can’t go past reviews from happy or not so happy travellers that have lived the dream or woken to a nightmare !

Research or inside knowledge is needed if you hope to avoid blood-sucking Bed Bugs ! or sleepless nights due to all night snorer’s in crappy 12-bed dorm rooms…

Hostel Reviews can be your best friend – in your initial quest for the perfect cheap place to sleep, but 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… but 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…

Auckland HotelsBook Online… the internet has become No.1 for discovering hostels, you will find recent reviews and accurate descriptions and various prices on 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 more difficult to find a room – the internet won’t be much help to you once you go feral – you will need more luck than research, you should consider becoming self-sufficient – buy a tent and a couple of cooking pots, so you can take advantage of our many free or very cheap 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 centres as you travel New Zealand…

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 as a priceless insight into “Real New Zealand” usually found in out of the way country areas on large sheep & cattle stations or the less traveled tourist spots and 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 the 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…

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Author: Ian

Based in Rotorua with an interest in Photography, Deer Hunting, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Travel... Our aim is to provide you with travel tips and all the local knowledge you need to discover amazing natural locations throughout New Zealand...

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