Golden Backpacks 2014: ‘Best Accommodation’ New Zealand


Lucky for you, this bundle comes recommended by other backpackers.

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

Adventure Queenstown Hostel

Adventure Queenstown Hostel offers charming accommodation and a welcoming hostel, which is genuinely owned and run by intrepid travellers. Ideally located in the heart of Queenstown, the hostel prides itself on offering a high level of comfort with personalized service. An owner-run hostel, they provide staff who have traveled the world and can understand tricky situations encountered while travelling. With a quality of furnishings not always seen in hostels, the company gives a lot at low cost.

Auckland Base

Base Auckland Hostel is located in the heart of the city, central to shops, cafes, museums, the Sky Tower and only a few minutes walk from the train, bus and ferry stations. The airport bus (Airbus) stops right outside the door. The quality backpacker hostel offers comfortable beds in a clean, modern and secure environment. Facilities include 24 hour reception, monitored security, key card access, wireless broadband internet cafe, large modern kitchen with common area and laundry, luggage storage, 2 Sky TV lounges, travel center and the Globe Bar.

Budget Backpackers Hostel New Zealand

Independently owned and operated, BBH self-catering budget accommodation can be found almost anywhere in New Zealand. BBH accommodations welcome travelers of all nationalities and ages. Unlike a hotel, BBH offers a personal experience where you can interact with the owner. The average BBH only has 36 beds, so chances are whoever owns the hostel will check you in and probably check you out when you leave – and you’ll probably be remembered when you return.

Copperbeech Backpackers

Travelers consider Copperbeech Backpackers a home away from home due to the relaxed, fun, and welcoming atmosphere. There are great rates for longer stays and the owners can help you find work in Blenheim. Features include free coffee and tea, a cozy lounge with open fire, a giant garden to play and relax in, free laundry and an extensive library of books/DVDs and plenty of weekly activities including free wine tours .

Downtown Backpackers

The historic Waterloo Hotel was chosen to host the Queen’s entourage on her 1953 coronation tour of New Zealand. When the hotel was converted to budget accommodation, the luxury remained. Downtown Backpackers has a different feel to other budget accommodation properties in Wellington and New Zealand. Amenities such as tiled en-suite bathrooms in most double, twin and single rooms, elegant staircases, high ceilings… and you can’t miss the on-site cafe menu located in the ballroom of the old hotel. Fancy.

Haka Lodge

Haka Lodge specializes in providing upscale New Zealand hostels at affordable rates. The policy is to provide customers with more for less. Haka Lodge hostels stand out from the crowd with friendly staff, clean and modern facilities, spacious accommodation and a relaxed atmosphere. A Kiwi-owned small business, Haka Lodge has a strong philosophy of sustainability, including live worm farms to recycle food waste. Haka Lodge Christchurch is surrounded by tall trees and native gardens. Centrally located, Haka Lodge Queenstown offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Jucy Hotel

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

LKNZ Lodge

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


Nomads Backpackers is known as one of New Zealand’s coolest and funky backpackers. The hostels are full of surprising luxuries such as a free spa and sauna, rooftop kitchen and terrace at their Auckland branch. Nomads offers top-of-the-line facilities, from luxury private rooms with en-suite TVs to smartly appointed shared accommodations with clean, crisp linens. The Mad Travel Shop located at Auckland Hostel is not only a great place to plan your trip and get help finding a job, you can also relax on the bean bags, play foosball, watch a movie, use the free Wi-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 accommodate overnight stays for weekly boarders looking for work and is perfectly located if you are in Mount Maunganui for a sporting event as it is close to Bay Park Stadium. The hostel is just minutes from downtown Mount Maunganui and just 500 meters from the beach.

Ponsonby Backpackers

Ponsonby Backpackers is a warm, comfortable and safe 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 walking distance of the hostel. Ponsonby Backpackers is one of the best backpacker hostels in Auckland and has received many excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and HostelBookers.

Trek Global Backpackers

Trek Global is the friendly, fun backpackers in the heart of Wellington. Whether you’re on your way to an adrenaline-charged destination or fancy a few days to explore New Zealand’s cultural capital, stay with Trek and make it your home for the night or the week! Whether you are traveling alone or with friends, Trek Global’s goal is to provide you with a memorable Wellington experience while providing you with a welcoming and friendly base from which to explore. Take part in the free activities on site, take advantage of the many facilities or rent a bicycle and discover what the capital has to offer.

YHA Auckland

YHA Auckland City is the perfect backpacker hostel to start or end your New Zealand adventure. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment. A fully equipped kitchen, casual dining room, cozy TV room, spacious deck and BBQ area, laundry and luggage storage, and complimentary lodging and travel service make this four-star hostel Qualmark rated a great place to stay. Located at the top of Queen Street in the heart of Auckland, YHA Auckland City hostel offers easy access to the city center and is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.


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