Hostels are the perfect accommodation option for backpackers travelling New Zealand. From classic backpackers to ultra modern, to quirky, or recommended hostels are well equipped and comfortable while being affordable and well positioned. We always look for a combo of great location, wifi, atmosphere and rating to ensure you’ll be sleeping easy and catching them zzzzs.
Kiwi Experience driver guides will take care of finding you a comfy and affordable bed that delivers good ol’ Kiwi hospitality as you travel around with us.
Accommodation is not included in your travel pass, but we reserve accommodation for you at every Kiwi Experience overnight stop on the first night; even in peak season when accommodation can be hard to come by. In the sweet spots such as Taupo and Franz Josef, we offer two nights guaranteed… and in the adrenaline capital, Queenstown even offer three. Across certain locations, you may also have the option to treat yo’self to an upgraded room.
Check out our preferred accommodation suppliers below, and view our bus timetable for pick up times.
Paihia: Pipi Patch - the Winterless North
Auckland: Nomads Auckland - the City of Sails
Hot Water Beach: Hot Water Beach Holiday Park - dig your own spa pool
Waitomo: Kiwi Paka - Legendary Black Water Rafting and Glowworm Caves
Rotorua: Hot Rocks - with the option to upgrade to a Marae Stay at Tamaki Maori Village
Taupo: Base Taupo (Southbound), Urban Retreat (Northbound)
River Valley: River Valley Adventure Lodge – one of New Zealand's best kept secrets
Wellington: Base Wellington - New Zealand's capital city
Kaiteriteri: Kaiteri Lodge - the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park
Westport: Bazils Hostel & Surf School - those sweet as Westcoast vibes
Lake Mahinapua: The famous Mahinapua Hotel - over 25 years of history
Franz Josef: Rainforest Retreat - nestled amongst native bush, built to embrace the natural environment
Wanaka: Base Wanaka - home to "That Wanaka Tree"
Queenstown: Nomads Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand
Invercargill: Tuatara Lodge - New Zealand's most Southern and Western city
Dunedin: On Top Backpackers - the best student city in New Zealand
Lake Tekapo: Lakefront Lodge - night famous for delivering one of the clearest night skies in the world
Christchurch: YMCA - the South Island's largest city
Kaikoura: Dusky Lodge - home of Dusky Dolphins and Sperm Whales
Glamping is available throughout the Kiwi Experience route at a variety of overnight stops. When on the bus, your Driver Guide will inform you of the locations and can book you into this on-bus exclusive option.