Reviews of hostels in Dunedin



Professional hostel critics from hostelcritic.com have visited, reviewed and assessed every hostel in Dunedin.

Dunedin is a thriving student city with a unique mix of cultural and natural appeal. It is sometimes referred to as the Edinburgh of the South thanks to its rich Scottish heritage and fine Victorian architecture. The 1861 gold rush formed the foundations of the city, but today it is noted mostly for its prominent student population. Despite the steep streets (Baldwin Street is the steepest in the world), it is a largely walkable city with most hostels, sights and restaurants clustered around the central Octagon.

Click on the hostel to read our reviews (and also to write your own review), or read the overview below for more detailed comparison of all hostels in Dunedin.

Hogwartz
277 Rattray Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 474 1487
(1)
On Top Backpackers
12 Filleul Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 6121 or 0800 ONTOPBP (0800 668 672)
(2)
Dunedin Central Backpackers
243 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 9985 or 0800 4 CENTRAL
(4)
Stafford Gables Hostel
71 Stafford Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 474 1919
(3)
Chalet Backpackers
296 High Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 479 2075
(4)
Pavlova Palace Backpackers
74 Elm Row, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 4728 (03 4774 PAV)
(6)
Downtown Dunedin Backpackers (Leviathan Hotel)
27 Queens Gardens, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 3160
(0)
Geeky Gecko Backpackers
6 Stafford Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 6027
(1)
Manor House
28 Manor Place, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 0484
(3)
Kiwi's Nest
597 George Street, Dunedin 9010
Tel (03) 471 9540
(0)
Next Stop Backpackers Lodge
2 View Street, Dunedin 9016
Tel (03) 477 0447 or 0800 463 987
(4)

The best located hostel in Dunedin

The most central point in Dunedin is the Octagon (the eight-sided plaza in the city centre). This is where you will find many of Dunedin's main public buildings including  the Dunedin Municipal Chambers (the town hall), the public library, St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Regent Theatre, a multiplex cinema and several bars, cafes and restaurants.

Dunedin Central Backpackers lives up to its name as the best located hostel in Dunedin based on its proximity to the Octagon.

Dunedin Central Backpackers 260m from the Octagon (4 minute walk)
On Top Backpackers 270m from the Octagon (4 minute walk)
Downtown Dunedin Backpackers (Leviathan Hotel) 550m from the Octagon (8 minute walk)
Hogwartz 600m from the Octagon (8 minute walk)
Geeky Gecko Backpackers 650m from the Octagon (9 minute walk)
Pavlova Palace Backpackers 850m from the Octagon (11 minute walk)
Stafford Gables Hostel 950m from the Octagon (12 minute walk)
Chalet Backpackers 950m from the Octagon (13 minute walk)
Manor House 1.1km from the Octagon (15 minute walk)
Kiwi's Nest 1.2km from the Octagon (15 minute walk)

What amenities do the hostels in Dunedin have?

Hostels in city centres generally have fewer facilities than hostels located out of town. It simply isn’t feasible to modify older buildings to add resort-like features, particularly for low-budget accommodation like a hostel. However, the hostels in Dunedin have all the basic amenities that you need.

Hogwartz        
On Top Backpackers    
Dunedin Central Backpackers          
Stafford Gables Hostel        
Chalet Backpackers        
Pavlova Palace Backpackers    
Downtown Dunedin Backpackers (Leviathan Hotel)      
Geeky Gecko Backpackers    
Manor House        
Kiwi's Nest      

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Dunedin

When hostelcritic.com's hostel critics visit a hostel, they work out a score out of five for the hostel’s cleanliness and maintenance. Cleanliness and maintenance are not the same thing, but they go hand-in-hand and a hostel with a high score is usually a nice place to stay, even if hostels that score well in this category may be light on facilities or feel a little sterile. It is usually a pretty safe bet if you choose a hostel with a cleanliness and maintenance score of three or higher. 

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Dunedin are Hogwarts, followed by On Top Backpackers and Dunedin Central Backpackers

Hogwartz
On Top Backpackers
Dunedin Central Backpackers
Stafford Gables Hostel
Chalet Backpackers
Pavlova Palace Backpackers
Downtown Dunedin Backpackers (Leviathan Hotel)
Geeky Gecko Backpackers
Manor House
Kiwi's Nest

Hostels in Dunedin with the best atmosphere

Basically, a hostel with a great atmosphere is a fun place to stay. It is somewhere where you are most likely to meet other travellers and have great memories. These are often party hostels, but that is not always the case as there are some quiet hostels that have loads of charm. 

Chalet Backpackers has the best atmosphere of all the hostels in Dunedin, followed by On Top Backpackers, Dunedin Central Backpackers and Stafford Gables Hostel.

Hogwartz
On Top Backpackers
Dunedin Central Backpackers
Stafford Gables Hostel
Chalet Backpackers
Pavlova Palace Backpackers
Downtown Dunedin Backpackers (Leviathan Hotel)
Geeky Gecko Backpackers
Manor House
Kiwi's Nest

The best hostels in Dunedin for parking

Considering that most of the backpackers hostels in Dunedin are centrally located, the city's hostels are a surprisingly good option if you're travelling by car with most hostels offering parking for their guests. However, the number of parking spaces may be limited.

The following hostels in Dunedin offer parking for their guests:

The best hostel in Dunedin

The best hostel in Dunedin is Hogwartz. It is a clean and well maintained hostel in a beautiful old building with great views from many of the rooms. On Top Backpackers is a close second.