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Downtown Backpackers

Hostel | 1 Bunny Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

83.4% Overall Rating

186 out of 222 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/06/2014)

Janaya Duggan thinks…

"I was staying in a single room and was plesantly surprised to find it equipped with a t.v and remote. Was also surprised to find that my shared bathroom was only shared between me and the other…"

Read all Downtown Backpackers reviews


  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Wellington?

Contact us directly

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At Downtown Backpackers (soon to be Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers ) we are told for a big hostel we are one of the best. A Historic Art Deco hotel with spacious common areas, ensuite bathrooms, cafe & bar, Sky TV, internet as well as high security with card lock access.
We are the closest accommodation to all major public transport and Wellington attractions. Read more

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

6 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

6 Bed Dorm - Female only (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Twin (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Twin (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Single (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Double (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Triple (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

About Downtown Backpackers

Situated directly opposite the railway station Downtown Backpackers is ideally located, being the closest hostel to trains, buses and the inter-island ferry, the Westpac stadium, the city area and Te Papa, Wellington's fabulous Museum of New Zealand.

Downtown Backpackers is located in Wellington's historic Art Deco Waterloo Hotel, which was chosen for the Queens 1953 Coronation Tour.

Come stay with us and enjoy our fabulous in house café with great low priced food. Our fun in house bar gives you an opportunity to socialise and meet new people. Book your onward journey and activities with our incredible travel team. Our reception is open 24/7 for your convenience.

We want Wellington to be a highlight of your NZ experience and we have lots of information to help you to plan your stay.

Finalist NZ Tourism Awards 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Accommodation Information

Downtown Backpackers had various room types available including shared dorms, private ensuite and private rooms with shared bathrooms.

Bed linen is provided in all rooms. Towels are only provided in our private rooms.

Any guests under 18 years of age, please contact us directly before booking.

Valid photo ID required on check in (passport, 18+ card, drivers licence, ISIC card)

Location Information

Downtown Backpackers is located at:
1 Bunny Street

Wellington had an abundance of tourist attractions, cafes and bar which we are in close proximity to.