We now take a look at some of the best hostels in Oceania voted by you guys back in 2010 in HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2011.
As popular destinations for gap year travel New Zealand and Australia have some great properties. This handy list of budget and award-winning places to stay will allow you to really stretch your travel budget and still get great value for money. First up are the ‘Best Overall’ award winners; properties that received the highest overall rating from you folks back in 2010. Other category winners are below.
Best Hostels in Africa coming soon!
Weary travellers, or those looking to add some ‘time out’ to their Australia itinerary will find a little slice of paradise at Travellers Oasis.
With all the personality and attentiveness of an intimate guesthouse, backpackers can book air-conditioned private rooms or small 3-4 bed dorms. The hostel surrounds a lush tropical garden with a pool at its centre and BBQ facilities and hammocks for ultimate relaxation.
The waterfront and city centre are a short walk away and the train is a 2-minute hop, skip and a jump. Staff are on hand to offer advice about Great Barrier Reef tourism and arrange tours.
Shared from €16pppn, private from €22pppn.
Hokitika, New Zealand
Anyone en route along West Coast New Zealand would be pushed to find a better spot for ogling the ocean or basking in sunsets than at the homely Birdsong Backpackers.
A 2-minute drive from Hokitika town centre, this top New Zealand backpackers offers a communal kitchen, laundry and games. Outdoors, there are free bikes to hire, an array of birds to spot in the garden including Tui, Bellbirds, Weka and Fantail and even outdoor baths for spending nights under the stars.
Your hosts Neil, Kerry and Sid the dog can offer a wealth of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, walking tracks and other picturesque spots in the area. Lovely personal touches include BBQs, home-baked bread and a log fire – you’ll never want to leave!
Dorm rooms from €16pppn, private from €19pppn.
Make the most of Sydney’s landmark waterfront at Sydney Harbour YHA. Travellers looking for a cheap Sydney hostel will be spoilt rotten with stunning vistas from the roof terrace taking in Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Located in the historic Rocks precinct, guests can enjoy great local pubs and charming weekend markets right on their doorstep.
All facilities are clean and modern and with air-conditioned mixed, single sex dorms as well as private rooms on offer, this hostel is ideal for all types of travellers including backpackers, couples and families.
Dorms from €34pppn, private rooms from €58pppn.
BEST NEW HOSTEL
Komune – Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Australia
BEST HOSTEL WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers Hostel, Port Macquarie, Australia
Port O’Call Eco Lodge, Port Douglas, Australia