Hostels are the most common budget accommodation in New Zealand. If you’re looking for great stories, new friends and unforgettable experiences, then staying at hostels along your journey is a great idea. Just because hostels are cheaper than hotels and motels, and there’s less of a focus on fancy furnishings, that doesn’t mean you get less value for money!
If you’re staying in dorms or private rooms at a hostel, you will have shared common areas with other locals as well as guests from all over the world! This gives you an opportunity to meet new people, listen to other people’s stories and anecdotes and make new friends.
Staying in a hostel is usually very relaxed, but you must remember that this is a shared space and to make sure everyone is comfortable, it is important to observe a few rules.
If you opt for shared spaces, you will get to meet other people in all of these communal areas:
The most common room-type in a hostel is bunk rooms or dorm rooms. Dorm rooms usually range from 4 to 10 beds, either as bunk beds or single beds in one room. While most hostels have mixed rooms, meaning dorm rooms for males and females, some hostels offer the female-only dorms. Dorm rooms can range from anything between NZ$20-$37 per person per night.
When you book a private room, you get the whole room to yourself. Most private rooms have a double bed, however, hostels also may offer single rooms and twin rooms. Private rooms in hostels will have the bedding and linen provided, luggage storage, an ensuite shower and toilet, plus tea and coffee-making facilities. The cost of a double or twin room is usually between NZ$60 and NZ$85. A single room, when available, is more likely to be around NZ$50-$85.