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Kiwi Experience Accommodation


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.

North Island

Paihia: Pipi Patch 

Auckland: Nomads Auckland 

Hot Water Beach: Hot Water Beach Holiday Park

Waitomo: Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park

Rotorua: Hot Rocks 

Taupo: Base Taupo (Southbound), Urban Retreat (Northbound)

River Valley: River Valley Adventure Lodge 

Wellington: Base Wellington 

South Island

Kaiteriteri: Kaiteri Lodge 

Westport: Bazils Hostel & Surf School 

Lake Mahinapua: The famous Mahinapua Hotel

Franz Josef: Rainforest Retreat 

Wanaka: Base Wanaka 

Queenstown: Nomads Queenstown 

Invercargill: Tuatara Lodge 

Dunedin: On Top Backpackers 

Lake Tekapo: Lakefront Lodge 

Christchurch: YMCA 

Kaikoura: Dusky Lodge 

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.

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