With more than 500 hostels throughout New Zealand, backpackers are spoilt for choice. Some offer only dormitories, while others also have private rooms. Bed linen and laundry facilities are often available for a charge. Bathroom, kitchen and living areas are usually shared. Hostel chains offer discounts for members and many have activity package deals.
The Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand provides budget backpacker accommodation that upholds international standards, including a number of five-star hostels. YHA New Zealand manages 25 hostels and has associated partner agreements with 26 independently-owned hostels. YHA membership gives access to discounts including camper rental, outdoor gear retailers, activities and restaurants.
Budget Backpacker Hostels of New Zealand has almost 300 independently-owned member hostels around New Zealand. The BBH Club Card offers special ‘Frequent Sleeper’ rates and preferential online bookings. It also doubles as a pre-paid TelstraClear phonecard.
Part of an international network, VIP Backpackers have a discount card that offers savings on transport and activities.
Nomads Hostel network offers high-quality accommodation and discounts on transport and activities with the Nomads MAD Card.
BASE Backpackers have high-quality budget accommodation in main centres, including deluxe BASE Sanctuary girls-only dorms. Look for their starter packs and activity and bed combos.